That was quite an achievement for me. Buffer is also a world-rank poker player on the professional circuit. I went out hard with pocket aces getting beat by flopped quad eights. And then you have my grandfather, who I never got a chance to meet, who was the champion of the world in What are some of your future plans and goals with poker?
I was hooked at that point. I really enjoyed watching it on TV but it really took off for me when I got a taste of the potential of going for the bracelet and going for the gold being the competitor that I am. That competitiveness was in the family blood for years. Obviously it runs in my blood. I have been involved in fighting since I was a kid. He was teaching me street-fighting techniques when I was literally around five or six years old.
And then you have my grandfather, who I never got a chance to meet, who was the champion of the world in Genetically it gets really crazy when you consider the fact that I did not grow up with my half brother, the famous boxing ring announcer Michael Buffer.
I started managing his career literally three years after we met. How does it feel to come over to the poker world from the world of UFC , where you are already well established? What are the similarities between the two worlds? My work in the UFC is based on one thing and one thing mainly — my belief that the sport would be huge some day. I have been an announcer for over 15 years and the passion of the great fighters in the sport and the incredible fan base we have internationally has made it the fastest growing sport in the world.
That competitive spirit is why fighting and poker are very similar mentally. Knowing when to go in for the knockout but realizing that you could get knocked out.
When to be defensive, when to be offensive, reading people in the way that you read a fighter and the way he moves. I find the mental similarities very strong. Being involved in martial arts and actually having fought myself I apply those same mental strategies on the green felt battlefield.
That kind of strength comes from within. I know some fighters who would make very good poker players, as witnessed by when Danny Anderson was on Poker After Dark. He was playing poker like he fights. That was quite an achievement for me. I went out hard with pocket aces getting beat by flopped quad eights. Obviously my goal is to win a WSOP bracelet and I was thinking the other day that my biggest problem is my schedule. Every waking moment I can play I will be there.
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