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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.


5/11/13 12:56 PM
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Interesting. Inherited the Buffer voice gene though! Phone Post
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Wow, that IS a cool story, bro!

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Powerful Bruce Buffer!
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IIIIIIIIIITTTTT'SSSSSSSS TIMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! TO meet the Brother you never knew you had.

Huh???
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I would argue that Joe Martinez is the greatest announcer in MMA, but I realize that's not the point of this thread.
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That's crazy. So their dad just wasn't involved with Michael at all? I might have to read that book. Phone Post
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Awesome story Phone Post 3.0
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CroboCop - Michael Buffer is overated. you can't feel any emotion from that guy.

Bruce is a fan of what hes announcing and it shows


Bruce > Michael

 

VTFU. I know most will disagree with you, but I was thinking the exact same thing. Overall, other than Michael's super-memorable catchphrase, I think Bruce is better.

 

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Someone should romo that book cover with Bruce crushing a scouter in his hand screaming "It's over 9000!"
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CroboCop - Michael Buffer is overated. you can't feel any emotion from that guy.

Bruce is a fan of what hes announcing and it shows


Bruce > Michael

While Bruce gets more into the intro, he also messes up pronunciations a good amount of times. Michael sounds like he's fluent in every language known to man kind so I would favor him as the better announcer.
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Gonna have to get this book!

 

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Histrionics - plural of his·tri·on·ic (Noun)
Exaggerated dramatic behavior designed to attract attention.
Dramatic performance; theater.

Hi, I went ahead and googled that word for those of us who have never heard it before. Phone Post 3.0
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meco24 -  Interesting. Inherited the Buffer voice gene though! Phone Post

But that's just it. He didn't. He has a HORRIBLE announcing voice. Complete opposite of his brother. He's enthusiastic and loves the sport and is a good guy. That being said he'll never be as good as his brother or Jimmy Lennon Jr.
5/12/13 10:10 AM
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Not Fair for you to withhold pics?
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Any criticism of Bruce Buffer could be a criticism of MMA - too raw, not smooth enough like Michael or Jimmy, etc. The guy is perfect. Bruce Buffer is MMA. No one has been in the Octagon more times.

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I used to be a critic of Bruce but he has sharpened his skill and has become so synonymous with the UFC that I would find it odd hearing anyone else do the job.

He just needs to cut down on the occasional brain fart.

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In a society as tight-knit as the US - where family and marriage are sacred - I find this hard to believe.

-eyes rolling-
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If you go back and watch just about ANY UFC fight, you can see Bruce Buffer sitting ringside watching the fight more intently than anybody else. The guy loves this shit. Phone Post 3.0
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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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