How much does Bruce Buffer's get paid to work for the UFC?
The experience of watching a UFC event is exhilarating for many reasons. Of course, the organization boasts some of the best MMA fighters in the world. However, narratives, weigh-ins, the ever-exciting commentary team, and walkouts add to the spectacle. Another spark to the experience is the fighter introductions. Since 1996, it has been Bruce Buffer's duty to introduce the competitors before and results after the fights.
Hailed "The Veteran Voice of the Octagon," Buffer's first UFC assignment was the prelims of UFC 8. Two events later, Buffer announced all the fights at UFC 10 before becoming the UFC's full-time announcer at UFC 13.
Buffer is 65 years old, wears nice suits, and announces fights for a living. So how much does the UFC's veteran announcer make from this line of work? According to CA Knowledge, Buffer's net worth in 2023 is approximately $14 million. His annual salary is about $2 million as he makes $100,000 in a night's work.
Bruce Buffer's life before the UFC
Like many working in and around the UFC, Buffer himself has a background in fighting. As a 13-year-old, Buffer started training in Judo. Two years later, he picked up Tang Soo Do after meeting two of Chuck Norris' students who introduced him to the discipline. He holds a green belt in Judo and a 2nd-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.
Buffer picked up kickboxing in his twenties. However, after suffering a second concussion, he was forced to give the sport up.
Though he did not pursue fighting, Buffer continues to work close to the sport, and his revenue streams extend beyond the Octagon. Outside the UFC, Buffer has offered his voice and services to K-1, the Abu Dhabi Combat Club, and the World Series of Beer Pong. He has also appeared in multiple television shows in movies as himself. Buffer's notable appearances include Friends, Entourage, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and Hell's Kitchen.