UFC fighter entrance themes

Once again this is a  post I wrote many moons ago. 

Every mixed martial arts fighter comes from the locker room and heads down to the ring or cage with their entrance music blasting through the speakers.  In the past legendary fighters like Tito Ortiz would come to Limp Bizkit and Eminem while Chuck Liddell would come out to Vanilla Ice and DMX.  Here are some of the more recent and well known selections used by UFC warriors.
Brock Lesnar – Metallica’s Enter Sandman

This song was released as the first single of Metallica’s self entitled album and it became gold certified, selling over 500,000 copies and is still played at most of the band’s live performances.

Lesnar first used this song when he fought Randy Couture and won the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 91.  The beginning of the song is enough to drive motivate anyone who is entering a competition.  According to Lesnar’s Youtube page, he has been considering changing the song.

Matt Hughes – A Country Boy can Survive by Hank Williams Jr.

A Country Boy Can Survive was released in 1982 and reached number two on the Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

This is a song that relates greatly to Hughes.  He is a country boy from Illinois.  He loves his family, hunting, and Jesus too.  Despite having a 12-year fight career that includes two UFC welterweight titles, seven successful title defenses and 45 wins out of 52 fights, Hughes still has some gas in the tank.

Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira – Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones

Gimme Shelter was the first track on the Stone’s Let it Bleed album, which was released in 1969.  The song features a rhythmic opening and solo from guitarist Keith Richards and the combined vocals of Mick Jagger and Merry Clayton.  According to an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Gimme Shelter is a end-of-the-world kind of song that was inspired by the violence happening during the last months of the sixties.

Noguiera uses this entrance song for all of his UFC matches.  His most well known was at UFC 81 where he defeated Tim Sylvia for the UFC interim heavyweight championship and becoming the first-and only-mixed martial arts fighter to win a championship in UFC and a championship in the Pride Fighting Championships organization.

Rich “Ace” Franklin – For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) by AC/DC

AC/DC released this song on their album For Those About to Rock in 1981, a year after their album Back in Black.  It was written by band members Angus and MalcolmYoung and Brian Johnson.  Sources of inspiration include a salute given by Roman prisoners before they step into the gladiator arena.,“Caesar, morituri te salutant“ which translates to “Hail Caesar, we who are about to die, salute you.”  The song has become so popular that it is still played at every show with a canon used as a stage prop.

Franklin uses this song at most of his UFC fights, the other being Cyprus Hill’s Rock Superstar.  He has used this song in several fights, including his fight against Vitor Belfort, and recent victory over Chuck Liddell by knock-out.

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic – Duran Duran’s The Wild Boys

The Wild Boys is a single by the group Duran Duran that was released in 1984.  It became one of the band’s biggest hits and the music video for this song cost over 1 million dollars.

Flilpovic has been using this theme in the UFC and during his time in both Pride Fighting Championships and Dream promotions.  Although the song may be considered a typical eighties song, it can also get the crowd clapping.  The Wild Boys is perhaps what makes Filipovic so well known in mixed martial arts, next to his deadly kicks.

Forrest Griffin – I’m Shipping up to Boston by Dropkick Murphy’s

The song was released in 2005 on the Dropkick Murphy’s album, The Warrior’s Code.  The single has sold over 1 million copies, it has been played not only at several Boston sporting events, but is played at other events as well.

Griffin first used this song at UFC 72 which took place in Belfast Northern Ireland.  He has continually used this entrance in his fights against Rashad Evans and Anderson Silva.  Due to Griffin’s use of the song, The Dropkick Murphy’s even released a Forrest Griffin t-shirt.

Honorable Mention

“Big Country” Roy Nelson – Weird Al’s I’m Fat 

To listen to some of the songs, follow the link below to a playlist that features the songs.


If there were any fighter themes you thought should have been added, let me know.  You can add a comment or shoot me an email at sfcc.al.stover@gmail.com


About Al Stover

I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. I currently work as a Staff Reporter for the Cheney Free Press. I have interviewed characters like cage fighters, drag queens and dungeon masters. I like Batman, coffee, MMA and beer.
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