Former WEC announcer Joe Martinez tapped to replace Bruce Buffer at UFC Fight Night 34 in Singapore

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

IT'S TIME! (To find a replacement for Bruce Buffer.)

18 hour flight to Singapore? Bruce Buffer ain't got time for dat.

The longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announcer and "veteran voice of the Octagon" is planning to sit this one out, which means former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) emcee Joe Martinez will be packing his bags and heading overseas.

From his official Facebook page (via Bloody Elbow):

Received my details yesterday. Officially IN to announce UFC in Singapore on Jan. 4th. Ending the year in Dublin with Cage Warriors on NYE and then off to Singapore NYD. #Grateful #TYLJ

Martinez made his first Octagon appearance back at UFC on FX 6 in Australia.

UFC Fight Night 34 will mark the promotion's debut in Singapore, as Tarec Saffiedine and Hyun Gyu Lim -- a late replacement for the injured Jake Ellenberger -- take center stage for the FOX Sports 1 broadcast, scheduled to pop off at the Marina Bay Sands on Jan. 4, 2014.

Less than a month away!

To see the current UFC Fight Night 34 fight card and line up click here. News, notes and other items of interest for "Saffiedine vs. Lim" can be excavated here.

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