You can’t be familiar with the professional Kickboxing sports, UFC, without knowing Bruce Buffer. Okay, let’s mak see this easier. Have you ever stumbled across this catchphrase: “It’s time…?” Yeah right, that booming voice is owned by Buffer.
Did you know Buffer owns a black belt in martial arts? We don’t think so. Well, you are in luck as we would be telling you all you need to know about Bruce Buffer’s net worth, his romantic life, his business life, and all you need to know about this interesting personality.
Early years of Bruce Buffer
Buffer was born in Philadelphia (one of the oldest municipalities in the United States) in Pennsylvania, the sixth most populous state in the US, on May 21, 1957. As a young boy of about thirteen years, he picked an interest in martial arts, his fervor got him a rank of the green belt.
Two years later, he moved with his family to Malibu, California. His love for the martial arts made him become friends with popular stuntman and actor, Chuck Norris. He later got a second-degree black belt.
Buffer still wouldn’t stop at trying to beat everyone up, haha, just kidding. He further pursued his dream of becoming a professional kickboxer, but, two concussions knocked him out. At 32 years, he had no option other than to quit the sport.
Bruce Buffer UFC Announcing Journey
If you have a passion, you’d follow it to the letter, right? Even if the passion brings you several knocks. This is the story of Buffer. So, he couldn’t engage physically in the sport, but he can actually engage in the sport otherwise, hence, his choice of becoming the “hype man” of bouts in the ring.
Oh, by the way, Bruce’s half-brother also chose that career path. Michael Buffer is also a professional boxing announcer. Did we hear someone say it is in the genes?
The year was 1996, and that is where the whole journey started for Bruce Buffer. It was this year, he announced his first fight (a preliminary fight on UFC).
From that year, there was no stopping for Bruce Buffer. Perhaps, his longevity in the sport contributed to the Bruce Buffer net worth, we have got to know now. Oh, wait! We haven’t told you yet (insert wicked grin in here).
In 1997, he appeared as himself in the Season 3 Episode 24 of the widely acclaimed sitcom; Friends. Fast beoming a fan favourite, he convinced UFC owner Robert Myer to make him the number one full-time ring announcer. Yes, he got the job.
As a ring announcer, you’d expect theatrics you know! Movements and sounds that intrigue the older fans and fascinate the younger fans. Bruce Buffer has it all.
As a matter of fact, he has a signature move, where he moves directly across the Octagon before quickly spinning in one swooping move, pointing to the corner that he is introducing.
That move was nicknamed the “Buffer 180.” Earlier in his announcement routine, he would make the 90° spin and 45° before the 180°.
Bruce Buffer is a Professional Poker Player
Not many know that apart from announcing fights, Buffer is also a world-rated poker player on a high pedestal. In fact, his “poking” skills have made him appear in the finals of the World Poker Tour in 2005, where he finished in the sixth position.
He was quite successful with poker, making Luxor Las Vegas in September 2010, name their poker room after Bruce Buffer.
Bruce Buffer in Movies
This man shows no shortage of talents. From announcing UFC fights to playing poker on the grandest of stages, to acting in high profile movies, what a range!
Buffer has appeared as a fight fan in the 2018 mystery comedy movie Holmes & Watson. Before then, he had appeared on the HBO comedy-drama series Entourage in 2007.
Bruce Buffer, the “It is Time” crooner
“It is time” is officially a trademark of Buffer. Such is the acceptance from fans that a gaming company, Relax Gaming, released a video slot machine with Buffer called “It is Time.”
Buffer is also the official announcer for the recently released PlayStation 5 videogame Destruction AllStars released in February 2021.
Buffer is always introduced as the “Veteran Voice of the Octagon,” and his catchphrase has opened over 200 UFC fights.
Personal Life of Bruce Buffer
Well, you’d say Bruce Buffer as an announcer should be able to announce his private life to the world, right? Well, this man is tightlipped about his private life, a sharp contrast to what has made him today.
You can not entirely hide everything from the media, you know. So, we have dug deep to find out some private matters of Buffer. He was married to Annie Buffer several years ago.
Though they are divorced now, they still have a son together, and according to reports, he interacts very well with his son, Dougie Buffer.
No one knows how he and his ex-wife got married or dated, everything on the low. Annie and Bruce ended their marriage in 2015. Ever since then, we have no idea who he is seeing.
What is Bruce Buffer Net Worth?
One thing we know for sure is, Bruce Buffer is one of the highest-paid UFC announcers. According to SportBible, Buffer goes home with nothing less than $100,000 for every big event he shows up in.
On the average he earns $50,000. This approximately brings Bruce Buffer net worth to $10 million.
It is also worthy to note that Bruce and his half-brother, Michael, a multi-millionaire in his own rights have a business together, which they called “The Buffer Partnership.”
As a legendary announcer at UFC, Bruce Buffer has carved a niche for himself, branding his catchphrase alone fetched money than his salary.
However, what would be etched on the minds of his fans, is his booming voice. Yes, his personal life is not out there to be seen, but we can conclude he isn’t an announcer in all spheres of his life, anyway.