Last night I watched the UFC pay per view fights. No major upsets. GSP beat Matt Serra, Michael Bisping beat Captain Miserable McCarthy, Kalib Starnes killed his career as a UFC fighter.
I always notice the intro music. You know, the music over the louspeakers that blast as the fighters make their way to the ring. It used to seem that every fighter would come out with some aggo-scream metal song like Korn, Godsmack, Disturbed or Drowning Pool. The other night, there was much more a mix of more recognizable music with classic rock, rap and country. Eminem is used a lot. The funniest I’ve heard was Duran Duran’s ‘Wild Boys’ for Mirko Cro-cop.
I wonder if the metal is out of the fighters’ itunes playlists or if it’s an overt effort by the promoters to have more encompassing songs. Do the fighters have complete control over what they could play assuming it’s a pay per view fight and naughty words isn’t a problem? If I wanted to use the theme song from Happy Days, could I? What about inserting subliminal messages? “You will wet yourself in fear when Andy Sweet enters the ring…. You will wet yourself in fear when Andy Sweet enters the ring…”
That got me further thinking… what would I choose for an entrance song? The following are some possibilities:
The Serpentine Offering by Dimmu Borgir – evil symphonic metal
Come to Daddy by the Dillinger Escape Plan and Mike Patton – insane redo of Aphex Twin which was insane to begin with
The Foggy Dew by the Chieftains and Sinead O’Connor – The Dropkick Murphys use this before they take the stage. Or at least they did the last time I saw them. It gives me goosebumps.
What would your fight entrance song be and why?