WATCH: Bruce Buffer Gets Attacked by a Fly in UFC’s First Event of the Year

Published 01/16/2021, 1:47 PM EST


The UFC is back finally with its first event of 2021. The Fight Night event in the brand new Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi will be headlined by a fascinating featherweight contest between Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar. A packed card is in store for the fans, as the UFC has done its best to entertain fans after a lengthy layoff of almost a month.

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The preliminary card kicked off with a featherweight bout between Austin Lingo and Jacob Kilburn. UFC’s signature voice, announcer Bruce Buffer, started to introduce the fighters in his unmatched style, but he got attacked by a fly while doing his thing. He had to shake off the fly before eventually carrying on with the process.

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It was a strange coincidence, to say the least. Buffer didn’t get the start he must have expected to 2021 and it will be something that both he and the fans will remember for a long time.

Buffer has been with the UFC for over two decades now. The legendary American is most-famous for his renowned key phrase, ‘It’s time’. But certainly, the fly took its time in the spotlight in the UFC’s maiden appearance on ABC.

Bruce Buffer will want to have a better stint at Fight Island

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Buffer will have a lot to handle on his first trip of 2021 to Fight Island. Of course, tonight’s main-event between Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar will attract attention from fight fans. But there’s also the imminent return of Conor McGregor in the wings. The legendary announcer will want to avoid any sort of mishap in that event. Not that this one was his fault.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 4: (L-R) Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor face off during the UFC 178 Ultimate Media Day at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on August 4, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

After spending almost two decades with the UFC, Buffer has done his bit to excite fans for the biggest fights over the years. His catchphrases and signature moves are associated with all the memorable UFC moments. Even at 63, he remains a major attraction for fight fans around the world.

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What did you make of Bruce Buffer’s blooper to start the year off? Is this a sign of things to come?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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