UFC broadcasting legend Bruce Buffer will miss his first pay-per-view event for the company in over 24 years due to COVID-19. UFC president Dana White confirmed Buffer would miss UFC 267 on Saturday after Buffer came down with COVID-19.
White made the announcement Thursday, saying Buffer will be "relaxing and recovering" over the weekend.
Dana White says Bruce Buffer was diagnosed with COVID-19 and that's why he won't be announcing the fights at #UFC267 card
The great Joe Martinez will handle in-cage announcing on Saturday
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) October 28, 2021
Joe Martinez will fill in for Buffer at the event, which will take place in Abu Dhabi.
Bruce Buffer joined UFC in 1996
Buffer has been a constant presence with the company since 1996. He's appeared at every UFC pay-per-view event since joining the company early in its run.
Buffer believes he's been at every UFC event since UFC 13.
Clarification from @brucebuffer on his streak after that Debbie downer @MikeBohnMMA corrected the legend, BB.
“UFC 8 I did prelims. UFC 10 full show and then UFC 13 on non-stop. Covid does affects memory I guess LOL”
Happy now, Mike? Ffs
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 28, 2021
Buffer — along with his half brother Michael — is among the most recognizable voices in sports. Buffer's experience extends beyond working with UFC. He's called boxing events, voiced video games and appeared as an announcer on "Monday Night Football."