Joe Martinez to handle UFC: Singapore ring announcing duties, Stann fills in for Florian

Veteran announcer Joe Martinez will be filling in for Bruce Buffer at this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 34 proceedings.

MMAJunkie.com first reported the news and Fight Sport Asia confirmed with sources close to the event.

This past week, Buffer revealed at a UFC Fight Club Q&A session in Las Vegas that he wouldn’t be making the trip to Singapore for his trademark ring announcing duties. With the organization planning to host close to 50 events in the calendar year, Buffer admitted he wouldn’t be able to make it to every one of them.

Martinez, a mainstay as a cage announcer during the WEC days, made his UFC ring announcing debut in 2012 at a UFC on FX event in Australia. With the TUF 16 Finale going down just a day after at that point, it would have been near impossible for Buffer to be back in Las Vegas in time. So Martinez was handed the microphone duties in place of the veteran back then.

The other call for Saturday’s Singapore card will see former UFC Light Heavyweight Brian Stann, fill in for Jon Anik’s usual partner Kenny Florian at color-commentary.

UFC Fight Night 34 takes place at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. The event will only be available on the all-new “UFC Fight Pass” network, which will stream proceedings LIVE starting with prelims at 6 a.m. ET, and the main card at 9 a.m. ET.

Fight Sport Asia will be on scene LIVE from the venue with exclusive coverage, updates and more.

Here’s the full fight card:

MAIN CARD

  • Tarec Saffiedine vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
  • Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Sean Soriano
  • Luiz Dutra Jr. vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
  • Kyung Ho Kang vs. Shunichi Shimizu

PRELIMS

  • Will Chope vs. Max Holloway
  • Katsunori Kikuno vs. Quinn Mulhern
  • David Galera vs. Royston Wee
  • Tae Hyun Bang vs. Mairbek Taisumov
  • Dustin Kimura vs. Jon delos Reyes
  • Russell Doane vs. Leandro Issa

*Photo credit: Joe A. Martinez

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Thinesh John is a Singapore-based MMA journalist. You can check out some of his work over on MMASucka.com. Follow him (@ThineshJohnMMA), and be sure keep up with the latest Asian MMA news from FightSportAsia.com on Twitter (@FightSportAsia) and Facebook

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