As Connor McGregor makes his return to the octagon after a two year absence to face Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 this weekend, why not listen to some of the greatest songs featured in the sport by following and streaming the UFC Walk On Music & Anthems playlist on Spotify.
McGregor was forced to relinquish both the lightweight and featherweight titles due to inactivity, with the Russian handed the former of the belts earlier this year. The Irishman vowed to “show who the king is” at the pre-fight press conference on Thursday ahead of their clash in Las Vegas.
Since the turn of the new millennium, UFC has grown from one of many companies showcasing Mixed Martial Arts to being one of the biggest sporting empires in the world, with the organisation now a globally popular billion-dollar enterprise.
Like with many other combat sports, the walk to the ring and the music chosen can set the tone for the fight about to come, as millions around the world tune in to see both the men and women over 12 weight categories competing in the octagon.
The playlist is headlined by UFC 229’s Main Event combatants, who will square off in the early hours of Sunday morning. “The Notorious” used Sinead O’Connor & The Chieftains‘ ‘The Foggy Dew’ and 50 Cent‘s ‘I Get Money’ during the entrance to his last fight with Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 at New York’s Madison Square Garden in November 2016. Nurmagomedov‘s ring walk music for the most recent defence of his Lightweight title against Al Iaquinta at UFC 223 was ‘Dagestan (Remix)’ by Sabine Kors.
A number of legendary fighter’s themes are also featured in the playlist. Multi-weight champion-turned actor Randy Couture headed to his fights whilst being serenaded by Red Rider‘s ‘Lunatic Fringe’, whilst recently retired British Middleweight Michael Bisping strode into battle on the back of Blur‘s anthemic ‘Song 2’. Chuck Lidell lived up to the “Iceman” moniker, keeping his cool whilst entering arenas to ‘Intro/It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot’ by DMX.
She might have swapped the octagon of MMA for the squared circle of wrestling, but UFC Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey‘s walk to the ring is still punctuated by Joan Jett‘s ‘Bad Reputation’. Rousey isn’t the only fighter to have dabbled in both realms, with Ken Shamrock and Brock Lesnar having also competed in both wrestling and MMA.
One of “The World’s Most Dangerous Man”‘s most iconic fights came in 2002, as he made his comeback after six years away against Tito Ortiz in the main event of UFC 40: Vendetta, with Shamrock striding with confidence to the ring to rap-metal group Reveille‘s ‘What You Got’. Lesnar was one of the most dominant forces when he entered the UFC in 2008. In his controversial comeback fight against Mark Hunt last year the Minnesota native’s ring walk music of choice was Metallica’s classic ‘Enter Sandman’.
Other notable fighters on the playlist include current Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier, who walks to the ring to 2pac‘s ‘When We Ride On Our Enemies’, Women’s Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes with Rihanna‘s ‘American Oxygen’ along with ring walk tunes for Cain Vasqualez (‘Los Mandados’), Alistair Overeem (‘Anthem 2004’), Paige VanZant (‘Let’s Go’) and many more.
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