Our UFC 165 walk-out song picks
A fighter’s entrance music can be their motivation’s anthem or an audible insight to their scrapping style. Or it could just be some sweet tune that helps the fighter look like a total badass walking to before they throw fists and feet in the cage. Here are 10 entrance-song suggestions for this weekend’s fighters on the UFC 165 main card.
“You Can’t Stop Me Now” by Bobby Digital (RZA)
Undefeated in 20 pro fights and just set a takedown record in the UFC--attempting 27 and scoring on 21--in May, “The Eagle” is more unstoppable than any train Denzel Washington has ridden. The son of a Sambo coach, Nurmagomedov was a force of nature in the Russian MMA scene before moving to the U.S. of A. and adding another four wins inside the Octagon to his record including a knockout of game opponent Thiago Tavares in Brazil. As “The Eagle” marks his pay-per-view debut, Nurmagomedov will look to keep the pressure on and keep moving forward for win #21 and a step closer to a lightweight title shot.
“Another Brick In The Wall” by Pink Floyd
To balance out Nurmagomedov’s forward momentum, there’s the immovable object Pat “Bam Bam” Healy. His UFC debut in April could not have gone any better, as Healy absorbed all of No 8-ranked lightweight Jim Miller’s first round onslaught to only break Miller in the third round and win by rear naked choke. Outside of the cage, things could have gone a lot better, Healy’s win and his $130,000 of bonus money were taken away from "Bam Bam" following a positive drug test for marijuana metabolites. Actually, “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley might be a better choice.
“Sexy Boy” by Air
Spend a minute saying "Carmont"--pronounced CAR-MOANH--with increasing drama in your voice and you’ll feel at least 10x sexier. Results may vary, but “Limitless” does not: He’s an undefeated 5-0 in the UFC. Plus, when and why did Montreal’s TriStar Gym, where Carmont trains, become so serious? C’mon, guys, lighten-up. You’re all winning, you’re all young and attractive, and you’re all fighting more than half of your fights in Canada like this one. Have some fun for once.
“Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr.
It’s about time to get some real recognition for the former pro boxer turned 12-2, 1NC middleweight on a five-fight win streak. The chorus to this bluesy guitar jam is “You’re going to know my name by the end of the night”, which is what the Cyprus-born, Long Island, New York-trained fighter should have already accomplished with his TKO of Tim Boetsch in December. The brightness of that victory has dulled without a follow-up appearance in nine months due to an injury, but Phillippou can get his name back on the tip of the collective fight fans’ tongue with a win over Carmont.
“Applause” by Lady Gaga
There are not many more fan-friendly fighters than Matt Mitrione. Usually, the former NFL-er who is 6-2 all in the UFC, comes to the cage to the droning rocker “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, but the slow song doesn’t necessarily match the slugger’s up-tempo tangles. Mitrione likes to trade knuckle sandwiches to see who drops first like a gunfighter because he knows that’s what the fans jump to their feet and cheer the hardest for, especially from heavyweights. The disciple of one of the UFC’s most entertaining fighters of all-time, Chris “Lights Out” Lytle, Mitrione got back to exciting the fans with a 19-second knockout of Phil de Fries in April in Sweden.
“We’re Famous” by Aesop Rock featuring El-P
Enough with the Eminem curse! The Ultimate Fighter 10 finalist cannot get enough of Marshall Mathers, but any dutiful UFC fan knows there’s only bad mojo to be found in those songs. As the former fullback for the University of Colorado takes on his fellow football playing castmate Mitrione, “The Hybrid” could walk to the cage on one of the best crossover diss tracks that do happen to share a similar complexion to Eminem. At 9-3 and making his ninth Octagon appearance, it’s about time Schaub turns over a new leaf and allows more than one angry caucasian rapper to serenade him before a fight.
“Straight To Your Face” by Hatebreed
It sounds like a solid gameplan for the furious fists of the first WEC bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland. At 20-8-1 with half of his wins by knockout, Wineland likes to grip n’ rip from the hip no matter who he’s with locked inside the Octagon. Wineland’s got arguably his toughest challenge ahead of him with the current UFC interim-bantamweight champion Renan Barao, which is not the time to switch-up what’s worked for him in the past and earned him this title shot. Wineland needs to get those tatted-up arms firing-off like punishing pistons early and often to reclaim the 135 pound belt he started.
“Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen
A lot of fighters have come out to DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win”, but none actually lives it like UFC interim-bantamweight champ Barao. The Brazilian product of Nova Uniao has been unbelievably unbeaten in his past 33 fights with the best any opponent has done against him is take home a “no contest” instead of a loss in over eight years. Barao’s accumulated a list of 32, basically, consecutive wins including the interim-title snagging performance over Urijah Faber and the successful defense of said interim-title against Michael McDonald in February. Queen’s classic shares a similar sentiment as Khaled’s song, but with the added flare that a gold-belt-sporting champion deserves.
“Follow The Hollow” by Soilwork
There are two musical stereotypes for the Swedes: spinning turntables at a rave like Avicii or shredding drop-D, demonic guitars like Meshuggah. For a 6’5” modern viking nicknamed “The Mauler”, one would hope for Gustafsson to walk into his first UFC title fight with death metal blaring and a battle axe in his hand. At 15-1 and on a six-fight win streak, “The Mauler” will need to summon all of his ancestors’ warrior spirit to dethrone UFC light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones. To help rattle the doors of Valhalla, Gustafsson can march to the Octagon to the melodious screams and driving riffs of Soilwork.
“Roar” by Katy Perry
Hear me out. The pop song with about 70 million views on YouTube references being a champion, having the eye of the tiger, and roaring. Meanwhile, the #1 pound-for-pound kingpin, UFC light-heavyweight boss Jon “Bones” Jones’ Twitter avatar is a pride of lions and he’s walked out to Chris Brown before. Also, if anyone is going to make Katy Perry’s music tough, it’s going to be the 18-1 Jones who has already tied the UFC record for most successful light-heavyweight title defenses (5) and he’s only 26 years old. Another idea, “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac because if you don’t love one of the most impressive champions in UFC history now then you’ll never love him again.