If you are a fan of combat sports, you have probably heard the voices of Michael Buffer and Bruce Buffer, two of the most iconic announcers in the world. But are they related? And if so, how? In this article, we will reveal the surprising truth about their family connection and how they became famous in their respective fields.
Michael and Bruce Buffer are Half-Brothers
Yes, you read that right. Michael and Bruce Buffer are half-brothers, but they did not grow up together or even know about each other until they were adults. According to ESPN, Bruce first learned about his half-brother when he saw him announcing a fight on television in 1989. He was intrigued by the resemblance and the surname, so he asked his father if he had any connection to Michael. His father then revealed that he had married young while serving in World War II and had a son named Michael, who was later adopted by foster parents after the war. Bruce then contacted Michael and they met for the first time, discovering that they had a lot in common.
Michael Buffer is a Legendary Boxing and Wrestling Announcer
Michael Buffer is best known for his trademark catchphrase “Let’s get ready to rumble!”, which he first used in 1984 and later trademarked in 1992. He has been a ring announcer for some of the biggest boxing matches in history, featuring legends like Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Floyd Mayweather, and Canelo Alvarez. He has also announced for professional wrestling events, such as WrestleMania and WCW. He is widely regarded as one of the most recognizable and influential voices in sports entertainment.
Bruce Buffer is the Voice of the UFC
Bruce Buffer followed his half-brother’s footsteps and became a ring announcer for mixed martial arts (MMA), especially for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is known for his energetic and enthusiastic style, as well as his own catchphrase “It’s time!”, which he uses before the main event of a UFC fight night. He has been the official octagon announcer for UFC since 1996 and has witnessed some of the most epic fights and moments in MMA history.
The Buffer Brothers Have a Strong Bond
Despite their late introduction, Michael and Bruce Buffer have developed a strong bond over the years. They have worked together on several occasions, such as announcing for boxing-MMA crossover events like Mayweather vs McGregor and Tyson vs Jones Jr. They have also formed a business partnership called The Buffer Partnership, which handles their licensing and endorsement deals. They have expressed their admiration and respect for each other’s work and achievements, as well as their love and support as brothers.