UFC entrance music is as much a part of the event as the fights themselves. OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s as much a part of the spectacle as the are.
While UFC entrance music should certainly serve to motivate the fighter, it’s no guarantee of victory – no matter how bad-ass the song might be. What’s surprising is how shitty and uninspiring many of the songs are, which is whyis here – to weed out the crap and present the good stuff.
UFC 152 occurred on September 22, 2012, and saw Jon Jones defeat Vitor Belfort, Demetrious Johnson defeat Joseph Benavidez, Michael Bisping defeat Brian Stann, Matt Hamill defeat Roger Hollett, and Cub Swanson defeat Charles Oliveira, all on the main card. While that’s all thrilling to no end, we’re here today to talk about the UFC entrance music — even if it’s been a few weeks since UFC 152 went down.
UFC Entrance Music – 152
“Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent
In his match against Demetrious Johnson, Benavidez’ UFC entrance music was Ted Nugent’s famous “Stranglehold.” While it’s a signature song for the Motor City Madman, and by title alone it appears fitting for a walkout jam, but the truth is that it’s much more misogynistic.
“Diamond Eyes” by Shinedown
Brian Stann entered his match against Michael Bisping with “Diamond Eyes” playing, and the “Boom-Lay Boom-Lay, Boom!” chant sounds perfect for any bloodsport. The song also appeared on the soundtrack of one of our favorite action movies, *The Expendables.
“Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” by DMX
While “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” is from 1998 and it’s been awhile since anyone has heard from DMX, it didn’t stop Roger Hollett from using it as his entrance music against Matt Hamill. Maybe his selection has something to do with being from the Maritime region of Canada.
“Back in Black” by AC/DC
What sport hasn’t had this AC/DC classic thrown at it? Apparently not enough in Croatia, which might explain why Igor Pokrajac used it to walkout as he prepped himself to face Vinny Magalhães. Still, there’s not a bone in my body that hasn’t tired of this song… and there’s a reason it’s a sports anthem — it kicks ass.
“Cinderella Man” by Eminem
Yes, Eminem is invoking the boxer James J. Braddock for his song “Cinderella Man,” but that’s OK; boxing is a pugilist sport, which makes it viable UFC entrance music. Seth Baczynski used it at UFC 152 for his bout against Simeon Thoresen.
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