UFC 221 Walkout Songs
The UFC is back on pay-erview this weekend, live from the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia. UFC 221 is topped by an interim middleweight title clash between former champ Luke Rockhold and likely subject of Cuban genetic experiments Yoel Romero, two men well-established in the minds of fans. However, many fighters on this card are still trying to make an impact with those same fans. With uniforms in place, it’s now harder than ever for those athletes to make a lasting impression. One of the few ways left to do so is with walkout music. However, many fighters pick samey-sounding songs, overused songs, or songs that don’t fit their personal brand. That’s where I come in. As MMASucka.com’s resident musicologist, I’m here to help these wayward fighters find better UFC 221 walkout songs. So, without further ado, here… We… Go!
What he last walked out to: “Wrist” – Logic feat. Pusha-T
What he should walk out to: “Razor’s Edge” – AC/DC
By now, it should be clear that fighters need to stop walking out to contemptorary hip-hop with the mumbley, clumsy flows. So, unless “Razor” Rob Wilkinson’s nickname was earned for his skill cutting drugs, an indistinct walkout song about slinging dope may not be the best way for the Tasmanian finisher to make an impression with fans. A tune with a similar low tempo, but that is both on-brand and infinitely more intimidating is “The Razor’s Edge” by fellow Aussies AC/DC. Give it a listen below and you’ll know.
What he last walked out to: “Game of Thrones theme (Violin Rock remix)” – Jason Yang & Roger Lima
What he should walk out to next: “Proponent for Sentience II – The Algorithm” – Allegaeon
Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski is not a man who has made a bad choice in walkout music. He is, however, a victim of circumstance. There have been other fighters who have walked out to a variation of the Game of Thrones theme in the past 12 months, two of them being main eventers. So, that means a new, equally epic entrance song must be found. I have just that song for Mr. Volkanovski, but it comes from science fiction as opposed to fantasy. “Proponent for Sentience II – The Algorithm” by progressive death metallers Allegaeon has both sweeping orchestration and crushing instrumentation that would make for a attention-grabbing walk to the cage. Listen below.
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