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The Walkout Consultant: UFC Fight Night 101

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UFC Fight Night 101 is almost here, though you could be forgiven for not knowing many of the fighters on it. There are some who have fallen victim to musical curses, and those who just don’t have a standout song to make their way out to. This is why I’m here. As’s resident board-certified musicologist, I can give some guidance to wayward fighters to help them make better choices. After all, nobody wins when a fighter makes a bad entrance.

Danielle Taylor

What she walked out to last: “Monster” – Drake feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne, & Eminem.

What she should walk out to next: “Push + Pull” – July Talk

Poor “Dynamite” Danielle Taylor was cursed going into her last fight. During UFC events, I often talk about “The Drake Curse” on Twitter. The Drake Curse is that, more often than not, the fighter who walks out to Drake will lose. It’s similar to the vaunted Eminem Curse which has been losing strength, but I digress. While “Monster” is certainly a higher tempo track than most modern hip-hop, it still lacks a certain “oomph,” especially with the child-like singing that acts as the intro and chorus. There are songs can keep the sweet-voiced singer and add an air of menace and intimidation, however. Canada’s July Talk have all but mastered that art, and their single “Push + Pull” could help give Taylor the extra oomph she needs to stand out going in to her next bout. Listen below.

Jonathan Meunier

What he walked out to last: “Juicy J Can’t” – Juicy J

What he should walk out to next: “Skull & Crossbones” – Del Tha Funkee Homosapien

It’s kind of shocking that any fighter would walk out to a song that is essentially USADA-bait, but Jonathan Meunier has. “Juicy J Can’t” is listless ode to drug use from Juicy J, and well making your way out to that… Well, it’s going to mean a lot more 5:00 AM visits from your friendly neighbourhood sample collector. A more suitable alternative, both in terms of energy and subject matter, is Del Tha Funkee Homosapien’s “Skull & Crossbones.” This is unsung 90s hip-hop banger is an anti-drunk driving screed with a pulsing beat and effective hook that could easily reinforce who Meunier is to fans over the long term. Listen below.

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Justin Pierrot is's resident musicologist and TUF aficionado. When not looking after his family or writing his weekly pieces, he's making music as Stormland or building Gundam models.

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