Bruce Buffer Explains About ‘The Pesky Little Sucker’

Published 04/01/2021, 2:02 PM EDT


UFC broadcasted its first event on the ABC network back when Max Holloway faced Calvin Kattar. It was a historic day for the company as ABC has broadcasted great boxing matches like Joe Frazier vs Bob Foster, Muhammad Ali vs George Chuvalo, and many more. Just as the network was all set to broadcast UFC on its network, something happened.

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As the UFC began with the preliminary card, which was not broadcast on ABC, Bruce Buffer began with his iconic introduction of the fight. Just as he started with “ladies and gentlemen we are…” he stopped mid-sentence as a fly attacked him.

He quickly shook it off his cheeks and was able to pick his lines up, as if nothing had happened. The incident was quickly over, but everybody noticed it on ESPN+. Everyone enjoyed the moment and made fun of the situation.

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We know Bruce Buffer as the ‘Veteran Voice of the Octagon’ as his style of announcing is unlike any other in the world. Buffer puts in a lot of energy and leaves the audience with a spine-chilling, electrifying experience.

Buffer is very proud of his job and lives every moment. In a video about Buffer and the fly incident posted by the UFC, Bruce Buffer describes it saying, “It was just an ordinary fight night like any other every time. I walk in the octagon to me it’s my very first night and I take great pride standing on that octagon floor and then it happed.

“That fly was a pesky little sucker. I have to prove to myself to the fans and especially to the great warriors. That I’m announcing that I deserve to be in this octagon and share with them.”

Bruce Buffer has a history of insect attacks

Bruce Buffer has had to deal with such bug attacks previously too. Talking about something similar that had happened in Brazil Bruce said, “It was actually in Brazil a bug actually flew into my mouth one time.”

Even after all those attacks, the UFC ring announcer remains fearless and is ready to exact his revenge. He had nothing nice to say about the fly and is ready to take it on.

“The show must go on. I gotta do what I gotta do. I am gonna hit that sucker quicker, that’s all I can tell ya. Well now, I guess I’m the official Flyweight champion of the fly island.”

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Clearly, the 63-year-old has nothing nice to say about flies.

Do you think the flies will strike back even harder next time, or will they accept Bruce Buffer as their champion and stay away from him?

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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