Bruce Buffer Misses UFC 267, His First Absence For UFC PPV In Over Two Decades
For the first time in 25 years, Bruce Buffer won’t be announcing the fighters at a UFC pay-per-view event.
Buffer, 64, won’t be in Abu Dhabi for UFC 267 after contracting Covid-19, UFC President Dana White said. He will be replaced by Joe Martinez, who usually fills in for Buffer when he’s unable to attend events.
“He didn’t want to make this trip,” White said at the UFC 267 pre-fight press conference. “He’s home relaxing and recovering from COVID.”
Buffer has been a staple in the promotion since 1996. His work dates back to UFC 11 when Mark Coleman won his second consecutive tournament.
Buffer, also called the “Voice of the Octagon,” is known for his catchphrase, “It’s time!”
The veteran announcer is also the half-brother of fellow legendary announcer – for boxing – Michael Buffer.
Martinez, meanwhile, has announced for Golden Boy Promotions, among a number of other promotions on various networks, one of which was the CSI Sports WCCB series.
Jon Anik will return as part of the broadcast team with Daniel Cormier and Paul Felder, who head commentary. The event will air Saturday morning with the first fight at 10:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m.