If you’re a fan of the UFC, then you’ll be well-familiar with the booming, stentorian tones of veteran voice of the octagon Bruce Buffer, half-brother of boxing announcer Michael Buffer. Beside his catchphrases before each fight, Buffer’s also known for the “Buffer 180″, a self-invented move where he begins each fighter’s introduction by facing away from them, then spinning in place to point to them. Sometimes it’s just a 45-degree spin, sometimes 90-degrees, but he saves the 180 for championship fights.
For UFC 100, subtitled Making History, the combat wasn’t the only thing fight fans were treated to. Under pressure by Joe Rogan and other staff members, Buffer brought out for the first and last time the Buffer 360 — a full 360-degree spin — to introduce Brock Lesnar. I was watching the event live and didn’t see it, or I’m sure I’d have lost my mind. According to Rogan’s blog, it wasn’t televised for some reason, but fortunately for us all, he’s put up a clip right there on his site.
I have to say, it didn’t go down quite as I’d imagined it. A little sloppy, not quite as dynamic as I’d pictured in my mind, but hey, no one else can do a Buffer spin but the man himself. Bruce Buffer maintains that he will never perform the 360 again, which is sad, but a cross we’ll all have to bear.