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.
Anyone Bought a Reebok Fight Kit Yet?
As if seeing Urijah Faber’s butt chin on a regular basis is not enough, “The California Kid” mooned everyone when he fought Dominick Cruz at UFC 199. Valerie Letourneau’s fight-altering wardrobe malfunction didn’t help either. To say that Reebok is failing to outfit UFC fighters with the best technical clothing inside the Octagon is an understatement – especially when other technical clothing brands have been in the business long before the UFC shoo’ed them away altogether to cater to Reebok.
Enter last Saturday’s URCC Fight Night, infamously dubbed “Bigwasan Sa Palace”. Let’s be honest: Baron Geisler was not in the best shape of his life. He trained for two, maybe three weeks. Before that, probably nothing. Yet everyone cheered as he entered the cage, extra padded gloves akin to Bruce Lee’s in “Enter the Dragon” for his hands, and a pair of Hayabusa Spirit of the Fighter shorts for everything else.
Those shorts held up very well. Baron was on the ground in the first, then he was on top in the second. Kiko Matos and him were running across the cage as they exchanged punches, some knees, and even a spinning back kick that totally missed. But those shorts held up very well.
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