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
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.
Slayer, “Raining Blood”, Chuck Liddell
Seriously, why is Chuck Liddell the only fighter I know who walks out to Slayer? If you know anyone else, please tell me so I can like their Facebook page, pretty much my way of giving them a pat on the back.
Ted Nugent, “Stranglehold”, Joseph Benavidez
I imagine this tune getting overplayed at Ultimate Fitness, home to Uriah Faber and the rest of Team Guillotine, I mean Alpha Male. Unfortunately, Benavidez has recently left the team and may join, as head coach Justin Buchholz suspects, Elevation Fight Team.
Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Simple Man”, Matt Mitrione
“I wanna be the 200-plus pound Dominic Cruz,” says Mitrione. It’s not that simple, man. See what I did there? But seriously, I’m a fan. While not Domin8r level, his footwork is certainly up there compared to other guys in the division. Though he has recently packed his bags for Bellator, let’s take a moment to give props to guys like him, Miller, and Benavidez for bringing great music to the cage.
Metallica, “Harvester of Sorrow”, Carla Esparza
People have been raving about how “Enter Sandman” trumpeted the return of professional wrestling behemoth Brock Lesnar at UFC 200. But how about diminutive Carla Esparza making her way to the Octagon with this thrash metal classic from the metal demigods? Sweet lady.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, “Bad Reputation”, Ronda Rousey
“I don’t give a damn about my bad reputation!” Ladies and gentlemen: Ronda Rousey.
Sam and Dave, “Hold On (I’m Comin’)”, Robbie Lawler
This Motown classic ferried Lawler to the cage at UFC 189, and witnessing it got me perplexed. I mean, Lawler listens to this? Okay, maybe I’m underestimating his musical taste. Later on, I found out that this song was used in the movie “American Gangster”.
Puscifer, “The Mission”, Cat Zingano
Doing this list, I was thinking there has to be a UFC fighter who has walked out to a Tool song, so I did a little research. While I didn’t find any, I learned that Cat Zingano has used a song from Puscifer, another band fronted by the peculiar Maynard James Keenan. Creepy, creepy, creepy song.
Sepultura, “Ratamahatta”, Thiago Silva
How about a bad Brazilian band backing up a bad Brazilian fighter? It’s Max Cavalera’s tribal chants complete with the pounding drums and vintage Sepul-groove of his Portuguese-speaking brethren. Honestly, I only understand “favela,” but that’s menacing enough to elicit fear from a fan – or an opponent.
Bob Dylan, “The Hurricane”, Alan Belcher
Google Rubin Carter (boxer) to better digest this song. To better understand Alan Belcher, go Youtube his fights with Jorge Santiago, Wilson Gouveia, and Yoshihiro Akiyama.
Johnny Cash, “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”, Spencer Fisher
When I said that this list is in no particular order, I only mean from 12 to two. Clearly, top spot belongs to Mr. Bob Dylan and Mr. Johnny Cash. Period.
That makes up our list of the best walkout songs in the UFC. Some of them may have led to instant recall, while others, you may have had to search online. So, what’s your favorite walkout song?
Mark “Sexymundo” Raymundo is a copywriter and an amateur fighter with a perfect record of 21-0. Nah, he’s just a copywriter.
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