Bruce Buffer is the official announcer of the Ultimate Fighting Championship who is well known for his catchphrase “It’s Time.” He is introduced during the broadcast of the championship as the Veteran Voice of the Octagon, as the ring of the UFC is Octagonal. He is also a black belt holder in Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art based on Karate and a green belt holder in Judo. Stay glued to the page to know more about the life, career, and net worth of Bruce Buffer in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Bruce was born on May 21st, 1957, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the United States to Joe Buffer and Connie Buffer. Bruce’s grandfather Johnny Buffer was a boxer who has held the World Bantamweight Champion title. Bruce moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during his childhood, where he trained in Judo and achieved a green belt. When Bruce was 15, he moved to California where he was exposed to Tang Soo Do by the students of Chuck Norris. He achieved a second-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do and went on to become a professional kick-boxer but was forced to leave the sport at 32 as he suffered a concussion.
Once in an interview, Bruce said that he was in a couple of relationships in the past which only lasted long for two to three months. He is currently unmarried and says that his romantic life is like that of James Bond as he lives a life of a playboy. Bruce is the half-brother of Michael Buffer through his father. Michael was introduced to Bruce when their father saw him Michael on a TV show. Michael made Bruce his manager, and since then the brothers together run their company The Buffer Partnership.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Bruce Buffer began his career as the official octagon announcer of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1996 when he announced for the UFC 8. He then announced for UFC 10 and went on to guest star in the series Friends. He was called back as the announcer for the UFC 13 event, and since then he has been announcing for the sport till now.
He is well-known for his signature moves Buffer 45 degree, Buffer 90 degree and Buffer 180 degree, the different degrees of spin he does before announcing a fight. He usually does the 45 and 90 degrees spin and saves his trademark 180-degree for the main events. For the UFC 100, he was encouraged by Joe Rogan to do a 360-degree spin, which he did before announcing the fight between Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar. He is also known for his Buffer Bow, which he does only for Randy Couture.
Apart from UFC, Buffer has also announced for other MMA promotions such as the K-1 event. He has served as an announcer for some boxing events, ADCC submission wrestling tournament and the World Series of Beer Pong. Buffer is also a rated poker player who has participated in the World Series of Poker Main Event. He was inducted as the announcer in the video game Smite recently.
Net Worth & Earnings
His salary for announcing per UFC fight night was initially said to be $30,000 which is not hiked to $100,000. Being the manager of his brother, he managed to sell his trademark “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” catchphrase to $150 million. His net worth is reported to be $12 million, and the main sources for his income are his career as an announcer and his post as the CEO of The Buffer Partnership.
It’s quite astonishing to know that announcing an event can make you a millionaire but not every announcer earns as much as Bruce does which pretty much explains his talent and uniqueness.