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The Las Vegas Raiders welcomed fans to Allegiant Stadium in the best way possible: with the help of a Sin City icon.
None other than UFC octagon announcer Bruce Buffer was on the microphone ahead of the Raiders' inaugural game in Las Vegas following their relocation from Oakland.
It's the first time Raiders supporters have been to the mega-money stadium just off the infamous Vegas strip, so the NFL franchise came up with a genius idea to get everyone pumped up.
With the Raiders' Monday Night Football clash against the Baltimore Ravens just minutes away from kick-off, attention within the 65,000-seat arena turned towards the bleachers where a familiar face was standing.
UFC legend Buffer, with mic-in-hand, made an announcement to commence the start of the game - and it was just as iconic as his octagon routine us MMA fans are used to seeing.
He even announced the teams as if they were fighters about to go to battle inside a steel cage.
This intro to #MNF from @brucebuffer and @steveaoki is ELECTRIC! :zap: pic.twitter.com/McERYCVEU4
- ESPN (@espn) September 14, 2021
"We are live from Las Vegas! This is the moment you've all been waiting for! It's Monday Night Football," Buffer yelled.
"Presenting from the AFC North, the Baltimore Ravens taking on your three-time world champions, Las Vegas Raiders!"
Buffer then concluded the rousing speech with his signature one-liner.
The place to be. @steveaoki x @brucebuffer ' #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/PsCOtAKP9W
- Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) September 14, 2021
Bruce Buffer gets you so hyped before any sporting event, i know it's weird but what if before sex he introduced you & your partner before you got it on, never mind football is on :football:
- Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) September 14, 2021
If truth be told, the electronic supporting music from DJ Steve Aoki was bang average - although the Raiders die-hards didn't seem to care.
Fans crammed inside the stadium clearly loved what they were hearing and responded by roaring from the bottom of their lungs.
The atmosphere was truly electric and the genius marketing ploy from the Raiders to get Buffer involved has received widespread praise on social media.
When you're ushering in a new chapter of the Raiders franchise in Las Vegas, it seems only appropriate to acquire the services of a man who has welcomed probably millions of people to that same city.