Walkout songs do more than set the mood for a fight
A fighter may choose a song to either calm him or build murder inside his head. Others choose a tune to represent where they come from. Some choose songs simply to prove that they have good taste in music. And once in a while, you bump into names like Akihiro Gono, Genki Sudo, and “Filthy” Tom Lawlor, whose entrances are as much fun as – if not more than – their performances once the cage doors shut.
It’s always fun to see our modern-day warriors embrace their time under the lights. Here are our 13 personal choices for the best entrance songs in the UFC in no particular order.
Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Bad Moon Rising”, Jim Miller
This writer is perhaps the biggest CCR fan under the age of 35 not obsessing on caffeine. This song screams jeprox, and Jim Miller has the style and attitude to go with it. Much like Fogerty and the crew, this Jersey boy is every inch a working class hero.
DMX, “Ain’t No Sunshine”, Anderson Silva
Just how many of Silva’s opponents has he defeated before they even lock horns? Blame it on his skill and reputation, which the GOAT has primed us with the haunting effect of DMX’s vocals as he takes a spin on this Bill Withers classic.
Poe, “Angry Johnny”, Jon Jones
Click on the photo to listen to “Angry Johnny”.
Some people accuse Jones of hypocrisy: looking like a role model during post-fight interviews but outside the cage, his acts betray his intentions. Like the song, he is open for interpretations. One thing is certain, though: the song is as eclectic as his fighting style but it works. Damn straight, it does.
Eduard “Landslide” Folayang is the NEW ONE Championship World Champion!
Just a few months ago, Eduard Folayang was at the crossroads of his fighting career.
His previous contract with ONE Championship ended last March, while the UFC announced its second Manila event as early as June. If Folayang wanted to test himself inside the Octagon, that was his opportunity.
But, as luck – or fate – would have it, the UFC never called, and in July, Folayang signed a new two-year deal with Asia’s largest MMA promotion. By August, Folayang fought and won a title eliminator against Adrian Pang. Soon after, the title fight between him and Shinya Aoki – unbeaten since 2012 – was announced.
To many, even to us Filipinos, defeating Shinya Aoki was a tall order, a gargantuan task for Folayang and Baguio-based Team Lakay. After all, the last person to defeat the Japanese grappling genius is currently sitting atop the UFC’s lightweight division and set to fight Conor McGregor this Sunday. Unfazed, Folayang, Coach Mark Sangiao, and the rest of his team prepared hard and well for what Aoki and Evolve MMA had in store for them.
All the hard work, all the preparation, led to tonight’s masterful performance.
In the first round, Aoki immediately closed the distance, cornering Folayang for a clinch. The difference maker was Aoki’s judo. Once on his back, Folayang had no other choice but to defend Aoki’s vicious submission attempts. But here’s the thing: “The Landslide” was able to defend. He was successful in defending the submission master’s attempts! Something all of Tobikan Judan’s opponents have failed to do in the past! As the bell rang, the viewing Filipino collective was able to let out a sigh of relief as our homegrown hero survived to fight another round.
De Tomas, Lee, Bulaong, and Hofmann continue in their winning ways
The Marriot Grand Ballroom once again became host to a historic Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) fight night on Sunday, November 6, 2016 which featured the Fight Farm Finale, four championship bouts and the first-ever 3-on-3 exhibition match in the Philippines.
Fight Farm Finale
Jiar “Twister” Castillo proved that he is the top flyweight prospect as he got the unanimous nod from the judges to become the inaugural Fight Farm flyweight champion. The storied one-eyed-fighter seemed sharp as he went toe-to-toe against KO machine, Norman Agcopra.
The reality show featured fighters from the Academy Fighting Championship (AFC) and was shown on ABS-CBN Sports+Action.
Light heavyweight champion Chris Hofmann showed John “Outlaw” Adajar how moving down a division won’t mess with his knockout power. With only three weeks to prepare, Hofmann dropped down 19 lbs to meet the welterweight Adajar at 185 lbs.
Hofmann dropped Adajar with a flying knee which forced the challenger to verbally submit 1:18 of the second round.
Post-fight, the now two-division URCC champion expressed his desire to be on the URCC San Francisco card in January.
Women’s Flyweight Championship
Filipina fighter Geli Bulaong became the first URCC women’s flyweight champion as she dominated Yan Qui Hui of China.
Referee Franco Rulloda was forced to stop the fight after a ground and pound flurry from Bulaong held the Chinese Sanda veteran helpless in the final seconds of the first round.