Before your favourite fighter heads down to the cage for Mixed Martial Arts action, why not listen to some of the greatest songs featured at UFC events by following and streaming the UFC Walk On Music & Anthems playlist on Spotify.
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 the combatants in UFC 330‘s main event on November 3 in New York’s Madison Square Garden, as Daniel Cormier defends his Heavyweight title against Derrick Lewis.
Cormier, who also holds the Light Heavyweight belt, will walk to the ring whilst 2pac‘s ‘When We Ride On Our Enemies’ is pumping out of the iconic venue’s sound system, with his opponent ‘The Black Beast’ walking out to ‘Wanna Be A Baller’ by Lil’ Troy before his knockout win over Alexander Volkov at UFC 229.
Also near the top of the playlist are the fighters who squared off in the final bout of UFC 229, that will be more remembered for the controversial scenes that occurred post-fight. Khabib Nurmagomedov jumped the cage to attack members of Connor McGregor‘s team after forcing the former multi-weight champion to tap out in Las Vegas on October 6.
“The Notorious” used Sinead O’Connor & The Chieftains‘ ‘The Foggy Dew’ and The Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Hypnotize’ during his entrance, with Lightweight champion Nurmagomedov‘s ring walk music for the most recent defence of his Lightweight title being ‘Dagestan (Remix)’ by Sabine Kors.
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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.
“The World’s Most Dangerous Man” always strode with confidence to the ring to rap-metal group Reveille‘s ‘What You Got’, whilst Lesnar used ‘Enter Sandman’ by Metallica ahead of his controversial comeback fight against Mark Hunt last year.
Other notable fighters on the playlist include 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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