Will Bruce Buffer return for UFC 268 after missing the Abu Dhabi event?

Shamanth Jayaram November 2, 2021
Will Bruce Buffer return for UFC 268 after missing the Abu Dhabi event?
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UFC 267 was a fantastic event in Abu Dhabi last weekend, but Bruce Buffer missed the show after testing positive for COVID-19. Will he be back for UFC 268 in New York?

The legendary ring announcer is one of the biggest parts of every UFC event. His amazing voice hypes every fight fan up, and that was thoroughly missed in the UAE last Saturday.

Joe A Martinez replaced Buffer and he did a fantastic job. However, fight fans around the world really missed the 64-year-old, who hadn’t skipped a UFC event for over 25 years before last weekend.

Will Buffer be back for UFC 268 in New York this Saturday? Here’s what we know…

Will Bruce Buffer return for UFC 268?

An official confirmation about Buffer’s return is yet to be announced by the UFC, but the promotion revealed last week that he is expected to be back for the New York event this weekend.

Buffer, however, seems to have taken matters into his own hands. He revealed in a tweet on October 31 saying: “I’ll be back for UFC 268.”

To add to that, the legendary ring announcer sent a Cameo message to one of his fans recently. The video was made to congratulate the fan for reaching 100,000 followers, but Buffer did say the words ‘I’ll see you at UFC 268,’ which all but confirms his availability this weekend.

Will Bruce Buffer return for UFC 268 – Photo by Louis Grasse./PxImages./Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

UFC 268: Main fight card

The main card of UFC 268 will kick off with Frankie Edgar taking on Marlon Vega in the bantamweight division. Shane Burgos is set to face Billy Quarantillo in the second fight, which will surely be an exciting one.

The real show comes next. Justin Gaethje takes on Michael Chandler in what is expected to be a war. Rose Namajunas defends her strawweight crown against Zhang Weili in the co-main event this weekend.

The main event, however, will likely steal the show. Kamaru Usman takes on Colby Covington again and if their first fight is anything to go by, the one this weekend at UFC 268 will be an extraordinary bout.

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Shamanth Jayaram works as a Senior Editor at GRV Media. After dipping his toes in the field of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, he decided to switch careers and joined GRV Media in 2019. He has published stories on HITC, The Boot Room, Arsenal Insider and The Focus, and has been editing entertainment content for over a year now. Shamanth has been an Arsenal fan for more than two decades. He also enjoys a bit of UFC every now and then.