Legendary UFC announcer Bruce Buffer misses first pay-per-view event in 25 years after testing positive for COVID-19

Bruce Buffer will miss UFC 267 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday

For the first time since UFC 11, a new voice will be heard announcing the fighters at UFC 267 pay-per after UFC broadcasting legend Bruce Buffer tested positive for COVID-19.

UFC president Dana White revealed on Thursday during the UFC 267 pre-fight press conference that Buffer will miss the event in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

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

According to MMA Junkie, Joe Martinez will be the Octagon announcer for calling the fights on Saturday, with a broadcast team that includes Daniel Cormier, Jon Anik and Paul Felder.

Buffer, 64, who joined UFC in 1996, has appeared at every pay-per-view event since joining the company, breaking an unfathomable streak of 255 consecutive numbered cards across 25 years.

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