If UFC 249 Goes Ahead, Expect To See Bruce Buffer There
Despite the sporting world coming to a complete standstill as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, as it stands currently, UFC 249 is still set to go ahead on April 18th. Despite the fact that just two weeks out, it still doesn’t have a location and has all but lost Khabib from the main event. If however UFC 249 does go ahead, the iconic voice of the Octagon Bruce Buffer, says he plans on being there.
Speaking to MMA Junkie Radio, Buffer said that he has been on complete lockdown in Southern California and has been taking the coronavirus extremely seriously.
“People out there have to understand, as we all know, it’s one thing to take care of ourselves, but we’re taking care of ourselves for others,” Buffer said.
“It’s something we have to understand. The millennials and the younger people, they’re not getting it or getting it or not getting it, and hopefully they do get it. We gotta do what we gotta do. Everything we hear we have to do [it]. If you’re not taking this seriously, then I don’t know what life you would take seriously. Let’s put it that way.”
The global death toll now stands at over 65,000, while the number of cases has reached a total of 1.2 million. In spite of this, UFC President Dana White has continued to do whatever he can to ensure UFC 249 goes ahead as planned, insisting that fans need to be entertained.
Dana has come under criticism, including from boxing promoter Bob Arum. Long time commentator Joe Rogan has also stated that he won’t be at UFC 249. Buffer however states that he will take up his usual role, should the card go ahead. Though he does believe that safety is the most essential requirement.
“I stand on the basis that, if there’s an event announced – based on the location, the safety factor of everybody involved, how we’re being tested, whatever, all the obvious – if there is such a word anymore, a completely safe thing to do, then let’s do it. Right,” Buffer said. “Obviously there would not be an audience; we know that.”
What we do know about UFC 249, is very little. And we’re not the only ones. Buffer insists that he’s as much in the dark as the rest of us.
“Guys, I have no idea about anything. I’m a media mercenary,” he said. “I always joke around and say my lifestyle is kind of like James Bond. I don’t have to kill anybody, but I get the call, and I gotta put the tuxedo in the bag. All kidding aside, I don’t know guys. I mean, I could get the call five days before it happens, and then I make that decision. But am I willing to? Of course.
“You know me. I’ve done shows with one leg; I’ve done three shows in a row, blown-out-back. You guys know that I will never ever not go in that Octagon. But we have a bigger picture to consider. And the powers that be, I know Dana, I’m sure every day’s gotta be a new day for Dana with all that he’s gotta deal with. He’s trying to provide the entertainment.”
Do you think we’ll see Bruce Buffer announce the fights at UFC 249? Or do you think it’s time that the whole card got postponed?