UFC's Buffer announcing at WEC 49 in June

source: mmajunkie.com
 

MMAjunkie.com has learned that veteran UFC announcer Bruce Buffer has agreed to handle announcing duties at June's "WEC 49: Varner vs. Shalorus" event.

While terms of the deal were not disclosed, Buffer's contract with the WEC does not appear to be long-term in nature at this time and instead applies only to the June event.

Buffer's services were required following the recent departure of former WEC announcer Joe Martinez.

While Buffer certainly won't be a new face to mixed martial arts fans, he will be making his official WEC debut. Buffer also handled announcing duties for April's "Aldo vs. Faber" event, though the WEC identity was removed from the entirety of that broadcast.

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DJLastCall site profile image  

5/26/10 12:04 PM by DJLastCall

I announced the undercard for the StrikeForce Challengers event in Kent, WA last summer. Jimmy Lennon Jr took over for the live Showtime telecast. Having seen him in person for the first time, up close, I realized that not only does he wear a gallon of makeup, but he's looking a hell of a lot older than he does on TV, too.Zuffa owns both UFC and WEC...no sense in them paying two guys to do what one can.

Argonaut site profile image  

5/26/10 11:35 AM by Argonaut

Dumb decision is dumbJoe Martinez is my favorite announcer.

Zedlepln site profile image  

5/26/10 11:33 AM by Zedlepln

Dana is all about the brand. Bruce is part of his brand. Jimmy is part of the other brand. Besides, if Jimmy tried to perform a 180, he would certainly shred to pieces. Can't have paying customers ducking parts of his spleen moments before the main event.

knucklesinyourface site profile image  

5/26/10 10:26 AM by knucklesinyourface

who gives a flying fuck<br />

HOWtasteMYbigPP site profile image  

5/26/10 4:01 AM by HOWtasteMYbigPP

I'd be willing to bet Buffer gets paid more by the UFC than Lennon Jr. does from Strikeforce.

Nicknitro site profile image  

5/26/10 3:46 AM by Nicknitro

I wonder if the UFC can afford Jimmy Lennon Jr?Sure, Bruce and even Michael Buffer must come much cheaper, but it would be a real treat for the fans to have a true icon and legend in there like Jimmy Lennon Jr.

DannyOcean site profile image  

5/26/10 3:42 AM by DannyOcean

Martinez left because he got signed to a boxing contract.

DJLastCall site profile image  

5/26/10 12:32 AM by DJLastCall

It's (about) time...

Eyelasher site profile image  

5/26/10 12:11 AM by Eyelasher

Did Joe Martinez quit because Buffer announced Aldo v. Faber?

AK-BJJ site profile image  

5/26/10 12:06 AM by AK-BJJ

Fuckin brutal