Bruce Buffer Comments On Failing Frank Mir At UFC 48
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.19.2014
He didn't name him as the new champion...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Bruce Buffer commented on messing up the announcement that Frank Mir was the new UFC heavyweight champion at UFC 48 in 2004. Herb Dean stopped the fight against Tim Sylvia at the time (which was for the vacant belt) due to Sylvia suffering a broken arm. The fight will be featured on UFC Fight Pass' series Fightography, which launched today. Here are highlights:
On the atmosphere after the fight: "Right after the fight, the arguments started in the octagon. Part of my job in the octagon is making sure the fighters are lined up with the referee so one of them gets their hand raised while I announce the winner. But everyone was arguing, there were debates everywhere, and my producer in my ear didn't have any more information than I did."
On being confused by the sudden stop in the fight: "Did he tap? Was it really broke? Tim was saying he was fine and didn't tap, so should the fight have been stopped? Did Herb Dean make a mistake? What was the ruling on who was the champion? I admit I made a mistake and announced him with ‘the winner' instead of ‘And … new!' and I still feel terrible about it. I was so caught up in the chaos in the octagon that I messed it up. I felt like I'd let Frank down and that I'd let the fans down. Part of my job is to enhance the moment for the fans, and I know a lot of fighters look forward to one day hearing ‘And … new!' while they put on the belt for the first time – and I didn't do that on that occasion."
On Mir's reaction: "I apologized to Frank once I realized my mistake; I think I tracked him down backstage after the show. He was great about it. He knew how confused everyone was in the aftermath of that fight, but what else could I do but apologize? I still feel horrible about it, but I'm relieved he won the belt a second time against ‘Minotauro' Nogueira so I could give him his moment."