Bruce Buffer misses first UFC PPV in 25 years after contracting COVID-19 ahead of UFC 267
A new voice will be heard announcing the UFC pay-per-view fighters for the first time in more than 25 years after Bruce Buffer failed to come to Abu Dhabi for UFC 267.
According to UFC President Dana White, the Voices of the Octagon veteran contracted COVID-19 and was unable to schedule fights on Saturday in Abu Dhabi. He will be replaced by Joe Martinez, who usually acts as an announcer when Buffer is unable to attend.
“Buffer got COVID,” White said at a press conference ahead of the UFC 267 fight. “He didn’t want to go on this trip. He is resting at home and recovering from COVID. “
The 64-year-old Buffer has been a mainstay of the UFC since 1996, when he announced his first event as part of the promotion. His incredible streak of UFC paid-to-stream announcements began way back in UFC 11, when Mark Coleman won his second promotion tournament in a row.
Since then, Buffer has been announcing all major UFC pay-per-view events and numbered events, but the series will conclude on Saturday.
This weekend Martinez will take over Buffer duties with a broadcast team that includes John Anik, who will play after game, and former two-division champion Daniel Cormier and Paul Felder commenting. John Gooden will be the traveling reporter during the UFC 267 broadcast. The event kicks off Saturday morning with the first fight at 10:30 AM ET / 7:30 AM PT.