Are you wondering what Bruce Buffer says before a fight in the UFC?
In this article, we’ll look at what Bruce Buffer says before a fight in the UFC including the possible variations, Bruce Buffer’s famous lines, how Bruce Buffer keeps his voice, and whether Bruce Buffer can fight.
Bruce Buffer has been the lead UFC announcer for 26 years since his first appearance at UFC 8 in 1997. Because of his longevity, Bruce Buffer writes his own UFC intros and uses the cards he holds as little reminders of new information.
Mostly though, what Bruce Buffer says before a fight in the UFC follows a similar pattern. The only things that really change are the sponsors he must announce at the event, the commission, the judges, the fighters, and the event location.
By using this script, practicing the variations, and doing some homework ahead of time, you should be able to follow along with what Bruce Buffer says before a fight in the UFC.
What Does Bruce Buffer Say Before a Fight in the UFC?
Here’s what Bruce Buffer says before a fight in the UFC, with the example from the UFC heavyweight title fight between Ciryl Gane and Jon Jones at UFC 285.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is! The main event of the evening! Sanctioned by, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (or other), Chairman: Anthony Mardell the third, Executive Director: John Cullen.
Our three judges scoring this contest at octagon side are: Mike Bell, Derek Cleary, and Sal D’Amato (or other). And when the action begins, our referee in charge of the octagon: Marc Goddard! (or other) This Championship bout is brought to you by: (some sponsor or another for 20 to 30 seconds).
And Now!!!! For those in attendance, and UFC fans watching around the world! This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Live! From the sold-out T-Mobile Arena (or other venue) in Las Vegas!!!! (or other State/city followed by country)
It’s time!!!!!! 5 rounds, for the undisputed, UFC, heavyweight championship of the world! Introducing first, fighting!! Out of the blue corner, a mixed martial artist, holding a professional record, 12 wins, 1 loss.
He stands 6 feet 4 inches tall, weighing in at 245 lbs, fighting out of Paris, France, presenting, the former interim UFC heavyweight champion, and the number 1 ranked UFC heavyweight contender in the world! (lists achievements of fighter) Ciryl ‘Bon Gamin’ Gane!!!
And now! Introducing, fighting, out of the red corner! He’s a look-see-do fighter, holding a professional record, 26 wins, 1 loss, 1 no-contest. Standing 6 feet 4 inches tall, weighing in at 248 lbs, fighting! Out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, by way of Endicott, New York! (where they live followed by where they were born) Presenting, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, The one! The only! Johnny! Bones! Jones!!!”
When the fight isn’t a co-main, main event, or title fight, Bruce Buffers skips the commission, judges, sponsor, and event location, and starts with: “Ladies and gentleman, this fight is three rounds, in the UFC, lightweight division (or other)!”
For the opening of a PPV main card, Bruce Buffers says before a fight: “Ladies and gentlemen, we are live!!! From the (arena) in (location) for UFC (PPV number), (followed by name of the fighters in the main event).
Potential Variations in Bruce Buffer’s Lines Before a Fight
Common Athletic Commissions: Nevada, New Jersey, California, Florida, Texas, New York.
Common UFC Judges: Mike Bell, Derek Cleary, Sol D’Amato, Junachiro Kamijo, Ron McCarthy, David Lethaby, Eric Colon, and Dave Hagen.
Common UFC Referees: Marc Goddard, Herb Dean, Jason Herzog, Mark Smith, Keith Peterson, Chris Tognoni, Dan Miragliotta.
Common UFC Venues: T-Mobile Arena, UFC Apex (Las Vegas, Nevada), Prudential Center (Newark, New Jersey), Honda Center (Anaheim, California), VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena (Jacksonville, Florida), Toyota Center (Houston, Texas), Madison Square Garden (New York City, New York).
Common description of UFC champions: the reigning! Defending! Undisputed UFC (division) champion (may mention being champions of outside MMA promotions).
Common description of UFC title challengers: the challenger, former undisputed/interim UFC champion of the world (may mention being champions of outside MMA promotions).
Common descriptions of fighters: a mixed martial artist, kickboxer, boxer, wrestler, striker, freestyle fighter, and jiu-jitsu fighter.
What Are Bruce Buffer’s Most Famous Lines?
Bruce Buffer’s most famous lines are:
- “It’s Time!!!!”
- “Ladies and gentlemen, we are live!”
- “And Now!!!!”
- “For those in attendance, and UFC fans watching around the world!”
- “5 rounds, for the undisputed, UFC, lightweight (or other division) championship of the world!!”
- “Introducing first! Fighting! Out of the blue/red corner!”
How Does Bruce Buffer Keep His Voice?
Bruce Buffer keeps his voice in the following ways.
- Bruce maintains a healthy diet and consistent exercise year-round to keep his cardiovascular and overall health in good condition. Bruce doesn’t eat carbohydrates after 6 pm and he avoids unnecessary sugar and overeating.
- Bruce has a regimen in the hours before a fight. He goes to the steam room at the hotel or local spa as it’s great for the vocal cords. He also makes sure to have some honey available at every show as honey lubricates the throat – plus some sore throat sweets/medicine just in case.
- Great mental strength and a willingness to please UFC fans around the world have led Bruce Buffer to announce events despite having the flu and once still recovering from laryngitis.
- Part of his regimen is to avoid going out the night before a show so that he’s relaxed and rested coming into the event the following night.
- On the day of an event, Bruce sleeps in late (the show is late) and gets at least 8 hours of sleep to have extra energy for the evening. To help with this, he often flies to the host city of an event the day before so he’s not rushing around on event day.
- Bruce eats a large meal before he leaves the hotel for the arena. This gives him a lot of energy to last through the event.
Does Bruce Buffer Know How To Fight? (Does Bruce Buffer Know Martial Arts?)
While Bruce Buffer doesn’t fight, he does know how to fight and he’d likely fair very well in MMA matchups against opponents of similar age and weight.
Bruce Buffer started boxing at the age of 5 when he was taught by his dad. 7 years later, he started judo, where he earned a green belt. Soon after starting judo, Bruce started tang soo do, in which he now has a black belt.
Around the age of 20, Bruce started kickboxing and Muay Thai. At 32 years old, Bruce quit kickboxing because of a severe concussion he suffered but continued training Muay Thai as a way to keep fit.
Not only does Bruce Buffer know several martial arts and is a very fit person for his age (65), but he was also involved in a famous elevator bust-up with former UFC welterweight Frank Trigg.
Frank Trigg started the fight by karate-chopping Bruce in the throat for interrupting his conversation with Dana White about money. The two then traded strikes for roughly 20 seconds while the elevator went down 10 floors.
About the fight, Bruce Buffer said, “I guess one of the things I really kinda liked about it, is that Dana saw he doesn’t have a wimp announcing his fighters in the octagon”. All considered it’s plausible to claim Bruce Buffer can fight and would definitely be able to defend himself if required.