Bruce Buffer, one of the best combat sports announcers of all time, is also a well-versed martial artist.
What’s more, all the way back in 1991, he had a sparring match with the legendary Royce Gracie!
Namely, Buffer was invited to a Gracie gym, where he was met by Royce. And what happened next?
He shared the story on the recent episode of Logan Paul’s “Impaulsive” podcast:
We go to the gym, out comes this six-foot-one, six-foot skinny kid, nice kid, 20 something years old. He goes: “Hi, my name is Royce, come with me.”
He pulls me in a room, closes the door, we’re alone, the rooms are padded.
He goes: “I understand you’re a kickboxer. Come at me, take my head off.”
There’s nobody there. But, you know, the Gracie challenge, so whatever.
So I’m game. I said: “You want to put on some gloves?” And he said: “No, let’s just do this.”
Sure enough, Buffer was overwhelmed by the Gracie’s skill very quickly:
So I go… and I swear to God guys, and I’m not ashamed of this – 45 seconds later, give or take five, I’m on my back, he’s got me in a side choke, he’s choking me out, and he’s going: “Tap, tap, tap.” So I tap.
And I’ll never forget it, he gets up in the guard, straightens out his gi and says: “See, isn’t it nice not to get hit in the face?”