Bruce Buffer To Miss UFC 267 After COVID-19 Diagnosis, Ends 25-Year Streak

Bruce Buffer will be absent from the UFC 267 event due to a COVID-19 diagnosis. The “Voice of the Octagon” will be at home resting during UFC 267. Bruce Buffer, who has had the pleasure of announcing all numbered UFC events since 1996, will miss out this weekend. UFC president Dana White announced the news […]

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Bruce Buffer will be absent from the UFC 267 event due to a COVID-19 diagnosis.

The “Voice of the Octagon” will be at home resting during UFC 267. Bruce Buffer, who has had the pleasure of announcing all numbered UFC events since 1996, will miss out this weekend. UFC president Dana White announced the news to the media during fight week for the event.

“Buffer got COVID,” White said. “He didn’t want to make this trip. He’s home relaxing and recovering from COVID.”

Stepping in for Buffer will be Joe Martinez, who has often been seen on announcer duties when Buffer is not present. This UFC 267 is being billed as a “free” pay-per-view event and will be the first “PPV” Buffer has missed since coming to the UFC.

Buffer confirmed to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that he will be back and ready to go next week at UFC 268 in New York.

“I just finished my 14-day quarantine and feeling like myself again and will be ready to roar the roof off Madison Square Garden next week.” Buffer wrote to Helwani. My 25-year-plus Cal Ripkin streak is over, but I doubt it will ever be beaten.”

The rest of the broadcast team will be made up of Jon Anik on play-by-play with Daniel Cormier and Paul Felder also cageside. Jon Gooden will be the fourth man on the team. Since this “PPV” is a free event (with ESPN+ subscription), the start time is much earlier. This is also due to the location, which is Abu Dhabi. The broadcast will begin at 10:30 AM. ET/7:30 AM PT.

Will you miss Bruce Buffer’s call at UFC 267?

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Bruce Buffer Misses First Numbered UFC Event Since 1996, Joe Martinez Takes UFC 267 Gig

UFC 267Iconic Octagon announcer, Bruce Buffer is set to miss his first flagship, numbered UFC event since UFC 11 back in September 1996 following a positive COVID-19 test result, with Joe A. Martinez slated to replace the 64-year-old for UFC 267 this weekend on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Buffer’s staggering streak of 255 straight […]

UFC 267

Iconic Octagon announcer, Bruce Buffer is set to miss his first flagship, numbered UFC event since UFC 11 back in September 1996 following a positive COVID-19 test result, with Joe A. Martinez slated to replace the 64-year-old for UFC 267 this weekend on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Buffer’s staggering streak of 255 straight numbered flagship events as Octagon announcer for the UFC has been snapped as a result of the positive novel coronavirus test result, with former WEC lead, Martinez replacing him for this weekend before Buffer returns at UFC 268.

Play-by-play lead, Jon Anik will take the reigns on commentary duty, with former undisputed heavyweight and light heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier and former lightweight contender, Paul Felder joining as part of a three-man booth as color commentators. Per MMA Junkie, longtime color commentator, Joe Rogan is slated to return to the commentary booth next weekend for UFC 268 — with his last appearance coming at UFC 266 in September. 

Anik is also slated to work the analyst desk alongside former middleweight and light heavyweight title challenger, Chael Sonnen, as well as ESPN MMA reporter, Brett Okamoto. 

Serving in a roving reporter role, usual play-by-play commentator, John Gooden makes his return, where he will provide live updates during fight night as well as interview athletes post and pre-fight backstage at the Etihad Arena. 

UFC 267 features a championship doubleheader as well as a pivotal lightweight showdown

UFC 267 features an undisputed light heavyweight title fight between reigning division champion, Jan Blachowicz and the #1 ranked contender, Glover Teixeira — with the latter looking to strike gold at the second time of trying under the promotion’s banner.

In the night’s co-headliner, former undisputed bantamweight champion, Petr Yan is slated to meet with Elevation Fight Team mainstay, Cory Sandhagen with interim bantamweight spoils up for grabs.
In a pivotal lightweight matchup prior to our championship doubleheader, surging lightweight contender, the #5 ranked, Islam Makhachev looks to lodge his third victory of this year as he draws the #6 rated short-notice replacement, Dan Hooker.

[ARCHIVES] Bruce Buffer Says Khabib Has Become The ‘Ultimate Villain’

[MMA NEWS ARCHIVES] Here is a story published on this day three years soon after the blockbuster UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor pay-per-view. The following article is presented to you in its original, unaltered form. On This Day Three Years Ago… [ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED OCTOBER 17, 2018, 10:48 AM] Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announcer Bruce Buffer […]

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[MMA NEWS ARCHIVES]

Here is a story published on this day three years soon after the blockbuster UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor pay-per-view. The following article is presented to you in its original, unaltered form.

On This Day Three Years Ago…

[ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED OCTOBER 17, 2018, 10:48 AM]

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announcer Bruce Buffer believes Khabib Nurmagomedov has set himself up to be a villain.

Buffer has been the UFC’s main announcer since July 1996. He has seen plenty of chaotic moments inside the Octagon, but perhaps none can top what transpired at the conclusion of UFC 229. A brawl ensued following Nurmagomedov’s submission victory over Conor McGregor. It all started when “The Eagle” jumped into the crowd and went after Dillon Danis.

Bruce Buffer Likens Khabib Nurmagomedov To A Villain

Buffer recognizes that Nurmagomedov and McGregor had a legitimate beef, but he feels there was no excuse for Team Khabib’s actions. He went as far as to call Nurmagomedov a villain during a recent appearance on the Anik & Florian Podcast (via MMA Weekly):

“It’s one of those enigmas and we have to get through it and move on. No call for it; no reason for it. The amazing cool cat, Khabib Nurmagomedov, has now become the ultimate villain. It’s amazing how things change overnight.”

Nurmagomedov awaits a decision from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. McGregor will also face disciplinary action, but many believe his punishment will end up being lighter than “The Eagle’s.” If Nurmagomedov is dealt with a light suspension, then he’ll likely keep his UFC lightweight title. A lengthy suspension, however, could be a different story.

The UFC lightweight champion feels his actions are justified. He says McGregor got away with the UFC 223 bus incident as well as talking about his religion and family.

Do you agree with Bruce Buffer, or is it a stretch to call Khabib Nurmagomedov a villain?

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VIDEO | Bruce Buffer Gets The Las Vegas Raiders Fans Hyped Up

Bruce BufferThe Legendary UFC announcer Bruce Buffer pumped the Monday Night Football crowd up for the Las Vegas for the game against the Baltimore Ravens. Buffer is possibly the best sports announcers of all time with his calling card being “It’s time!”. He has been as big as the promotion himself. No one can hype a […]

Bruce Buffer

The Legendary UFC announcer Bruce Buffer pumped the Monday Night Football crowd up for the Las Vegas for the game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Buffer is possibly the best sports announcers of all time with his calling card being “It’s time!”. He has been as big as the promotion himself. No one can hype a fight or even a sporting event quite like the legendary announcer. ‘The veteran voice of the octagon’ has been the octagon side announcer for the UFC since 1996. Buffer has hyped some amazing fights and got so into his call that he even tore his ACL and meniscus while announcing names for a main event.

Buffer only made the anticipation for the Raiders season even higher and called the game like he would be calling a championship fight. With Steve Aoki in the DJ booth, the opening of the Raiders season captured the spectacle that is Las Vegas. Not to bad of an opening night with fans at Allegiant Stadium.

Buffer was the best possible way to open up the the fairly new stadium to fans and get those fans hyped up for the 2nd season of Las Vegas Raiders football. The game went on to be a great game ending with a Raiders overtime win. Buffer may just have to open up every game until they lose. I don’t think the fans would have any problem with him opening all the home games like he did for the opener.

The call Buffer had for the game is the best call I personally have ever heard to introduce a football game. It looks like Buffer may have another side hustle ready for him.

Would you enjoy Bruce Buffer announcing the start to Raiders home games?

Jorge Masvidal Shocked By Bruce Buffer Impersonator at Fan Signing

Jorge MasvidalUFC welterweight star Jorge Masvidal doesn’t get rattled or surprised too often, but that all changed after a fan did a spot-on impersonation of legendary announcer Bruce Buffer at a recent autograph session in Las Vegas. Masvidal, who is coming off of back-to-back losses to welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, was in the process of signing […]

Jorge Masvidal

UFC welterweight star Jorge Masvidal doesn’t get rattled or surprised too often, but that all changed after a fan did a spot-on impersonation of legendary announcer Bruce Buffer at a recent autograph session in Las Vegas.

Masvidal, who is coming off of back-to-back losses to welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, was in the process of signing bottles of his signature bottle, El Recuerdo at a liquor shop when a young man named Matt Parrino went up to him to get a signed bottle. As Masvidal put pen-to-bottle, Parrino shocked the crowd around them by doing a full-on fighter introduction of Masvidal in the middle of the shop, sounding exactly like Buffer.

Once Parrino was finished, Masvidal gave him applause and even appeared to offer him a new job as an announcer for his still-new fight promotion, Gambred FC. Masvidal appeared to reiterate his interest in signing Parrino to his promotion as a broadcaster in a recent tweet of his over the weekend.

As of right now, it’s unclear as to whether or not Masvidal has really offered Parrino a job as a ring announcer, but time will tell. The clip of Parrino and Masvidal during the Bruce Buffer impersonation went viral on social media and fans all over the world praised Parrino for his efforts.

Buffer, along with Masvidal, is one of the most beloved personalities in MMA history, outside of the fighters themselves. His incredible personality combined with his showmanship, energy, and strong relationship with the athletes in the cage. He joined the UFC in the mid-1990s, during the time in which the promotion was struggling badly financially. Fighters like Masvidal have risen to the upper echelon of the sport in recent years.

Masvidal has been busy away from the octagon as well. He recently held the inaugural event of his Gamebred FC promotion and is targeting a return to the UFC later this year, mostly against the returning Nick Diaz.

What is your reaction to this spot-on Bruce Buffer impersonation?

VIDEO | Bruce Buffer Epically Introduces Mike Tyson

Bruce BufferBruce Buffer recently switched sports to give heavyweight boxing legend Mike Tyson one of his patented epic introductions. The veteran UFC announcer made an appearance on the ‘Hotboxin’ podcast and had Tyson in awe as he introduced the former heavyweight king in classic Bruce Buffer style.   “And now! This is truly the moment we […]

Bruce Buffer

Bruce Buffer recently switched sports to give heavyweight boxing legend Mike Tyson one of his patented epic introductions.

The veteran UFC announcer made an appearance on the ‘Hotboxin’ podcast and had Tyson in awe as he introduced the former heavyweight king in classic Bruce Buffer style.  

“And now! This is truly the moment we have all been waiting for,” Buffer began. “IT’S TIME! Introducing, fighting out of Brownsville, New York, USA. Presenting the heavyweight, undisputed champion of the world. ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson!”

Tyson is currently in talks for a trilogy fight with Evander Holyfield.

On Monday, representatives for ‘The Real Deal’ sent out a press release that claimed talks for the eagerly anticipated Tyson – Holyfield trilogy fight had ended when ‘Iron Mike’ rejected a $25 million fight offer.

“We thought this was a done deal but it quickly fell apart when Tyson’s people declined all offers,” Holyfield’s manager, Kris Lawrence, said in a statement Monday. “We were negotiating in good faith all along and it appears we just ended up wasting our

Tyson wasn’t so quick to write off fighting Holyfield next.

“I see that happening in the near future, me and Holyfield,” Tyson told Haute Living during an Instagram Live chat. “Only thing we have to do is get some small fundamental differences [resolved], get some paperwork done and then it’s on to the races with me and Evander … I just want everybody to know the fight is on with me and Holyfield. Holyfield’s a humble man, I know that, and he’s a man of God … but I’m God’s man and listen, I’m going to be successful May 29.”

The heavyweight legend is hoping to get a deal done without promoters.

“I’ve learned so much, we don’t need promoters,” Tyson said. “What’s a promoter? Overrated cheerleader? They tell a fighter how great he is, ‘he’s the best, he’s gonna beat everybody’. I like promoters personally, but what do you need somebody in that position of business? To dictate your business, now you gotta be nice to this guy, kiss his ass, because he’s the boss? No, you shouldn’t have to do that, you should be able to go get your check and go do whatever the hell you wanna do and not have to talk to nobody.” (Transcribed by Boxing Scene)

Do you think Bruce Buffer should announce Mike Tyson’s next fight?