How Bruce Buffer met his brother Michael, at age 30

 

Bruce Buffer is the greatest announcer in MMA, and his brother Michael Buffer is the greatest announcer in boxing, or anywhere. It is easy to imagine the two of them growing up and practicing with each, like the Gracie family with Jiu-Jitsu.

The truth however, is that the pair did not even meet until younger brother Bruce was 30.

SI's mighty Jeff Wagenheim has the story.

Bruce and Michael did not grow up together. In fact, it wasn't until Bruce was 30 and Michael in his 40s that they learned they were half-brothers, both offspring of the father who raised Bruce and whom Michael did not know. The family reunion came about because Bruce, a lifelong boxing fan whose grandfather -- and Michael's, too -- was the bantamweight world champion Johnny Buff, got to wondering about the man with his last name who was introducing the fights he liked to watch on TV.

"I used to get butterflies in my stomach every time I saw his name flash on the TV screen," said Bruce. "It just didn't make sense to me. I'd seen just about every phone book in the country, from working in telemarketing, and had often looked up my last name. You didn't see the last name 'Buffer' every day. "

Bruce mentioned his curiosity to his father during a car ride, "and it was a good thing he was the one driving, instead of me, when he told me what he told me," said Buffer. "I had no idea he'd been married before marrying my mom, much less that he'd had a child. I was, like, 'What are you talking about?' I mean, I'm not 12, I'm not 8, I'm not 2, I'm 30, and I've already got my life going on a path. Where do we go from here?"

Buffer weaves the story of that rerouted path in his new autobiography, It's Time: My 360 Degree View of the UFC (Crown Publishing). How he tracked down Michael at an arena where he was working a boxing card, and got him on the phone with their dad that very night. How the brothers became friendly, and Michael eventually entrusted Bruce, who'd built lucrative telemarketing companies, with managing his career and helping him trademark his famous catchphrase, "Let's get ready to rumble." How Bruce followed his brother into the UFC octagon, where Michael had announced a couple of fight cards. How Bruce has grown with the behemoth mixed martial arts promotion and become an icon himself, a jumping, spinning, in-your-face voice of the octagon.

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Bruce Buffer's book It's Time!: My 360-Degree View of the UFC will be released May 14.

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RickStorm site profile image  

5/13/13 12:38 PM by RickStorm

Interesting story.. I may have to read the book

Jaybrone site profile image  

5/13/13 12:33 PM by Jaybrone

Odds he smashed all of them in the first pic? About 99.99999%

BernardHopkins site profile image  

5/12/13 8:44 PM by BernardHopkins

whats up, bruce buffers manager

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5/12/13 4:47 PM by Bruce Buffer

Hello to All on the Forum:Thank you for your posts... The book will be released next Tuesday May 14th and I'm scheduled for signing sessions at the following locales set for May and more to be announced for June in the USA and Canada... Looking forward to meeting any UG'ers when there, so say hello when you see me:WEDNESDAY, MAY 155:00 – 7:00pm PST UFC Gym /Rosemead location (JW)Signing 8920 Glendon WayRosemead, CA 91770 WEDNESDAY, May 227:00pm Book Soup StoreTalk & Signing 310.659.31108818 Sunset Blvd West Hollywood, CA, 90069FRIDAY, MAY 24MGM Grand Casino... Las Vegas*TBD... before and/or after UFC 160 Weigh-InsSATURDAY. May 2511:00 pmWYNN Hotel... Las VegasTRYST Nightclub... Official "IT'S TIME!" Book Release PartyCheers,Bruce Bufferwww.BufferZone.netTwitter @BruceBuffer

The Ghost Of Swayze site profile image  

5/12/13 2:48 PM by The Ghost Of Swayze

A catch phrase that Michael was saying for free until business-savy Bruce trademarked the phrase and built an empire with it. Bruce is a friggin' BOSS.

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5/12/13 2:19 PM by FightToLive

Kewl smooth Dude! Except once! lol

Immaculata site profile image  

5/12/13 2:03 PM by Immaculata

Bruce is the man.

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5/12/13 1:43 PM by undisputed1972

Frank Stallone.

Cage Religion site profile image  

5/12/13 12:32 PM by Cage Religion

I had a chance to read an advanced copy of the book last week and really enjoyed it. There are a lot of stories Bruce tells involving the UFC that I had never heard before, like Gary Shaw wanting to buy the UFC in the early days. 



 

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