A great walkout song sets the tone for the a fighter.
Fighters try to choose something that is authentic to who they are, and could have the ability to provide a glimpse into their personality, culture, or motivations. This song could represent their journey, but it ultimately signals the crowd and their opponent that they have arrived.
Having attended a few live events, the right song not only energizes the fighter, but hypes up the fans as well. One true fact about a fight: there is a favorite and an underdog. That being said, music unites, and an exciting song can bring everyone to their feet regardless of which combatant they are rooting for. Whether they’re singing along or clapping to the beat, fan interaction has been activated while adding energy throughout the arena.
Although a walkout song hypes up the fighter, some are even meant to intimidate the opposing fighter. A fighter may not be able to see their opponent face-to-face until they face-off in the Octagon. But their song could light up some doubt or worry in their opponent’s mind.
A song could intimidate, but the real purpose is to help both fighters assume a warrior mindset.
Song selection can be very personal for a fighter especially those that use the same song over and over again, and it becomes their signature song. Here are some walkout songs that fans relate to fighters:
- Frankie Edgar: Notorious B.I.G – “Kick in the Door”
- Urijah Faber: Tupac Ft. Dr. Dre – “California Love”
- Jon Jones: Queen – “We Are the Champions” and Jadakiss – “The Champ is Here”
- Donald Cerrone: Kid Rock – “Cowboy”
- Anderson Silva: DMX – “Ain’t No Sunshine”
This got me to thinking, if I were a fighter… Which song would I walk out to?
Drowning Pool – “Bodies”
First up, “Bodies.” The songs starts with the chorus ringing out “Let the bodies hit the floor, let the bodies hit the floor….” This signifies exactly what a fight is all about, and people normally go crazy when the chorus kicks in.
50 Cent – “Many Men (Wish Death)”
This song is full of aggression and 50 Cent is telling his foes he is no easy win. He raps, “When I rhyme, something special happened every time, I’m the greatest, something like Ali in his prime.” Many people might not know the lyrics to the whole song, but most have heard this memorable chorus.
Mobb Deep – “Shook Ones Pt. 2”
This is one of the hardest beats in hip-hop history, and the lyrics are just as hard. Prodigy raps, “Your simple words just don’t move me you’re minor, we’re major….you’re all up in the game and don’t deserve to be a player.” You don’t have to like hip-hop for this beat to get your head nodding and foot tapping.
These songs are perfect when you want to hype yourself up and inject energy into the fans. An intro song for a fighter conditions him or her to get them into a winning mindset and a strong walkout song can be compelling, carrying a message that leads to a fighter’s resolve to win.
What would your walkout song be? Let us know in the comments below.