UFC 169 ended with more decisions than any UFC card in company history and truth be told there were a few questionable decisions by some of the fighters when it came to their walkout music choices as well. There were a few old favorites stuffed into the night’s action as well and as it turns out some of the fighters who came up on the wrong end of loss still picked the best music of the night.
The main event featured a bantamweight title fight between Renan Barao and Urijah Faber. Unfortunately, Barao’s music was unidentifiable on the night of the fights, but Faber’s music was a song everyone should know by heart.
Faber has a signature tune with the popular track by Tupac and Dr. Dre and chances are he’ll be using this song for the rest of his career. Once upon a time, Faber actually attempted to pick a different tune but UFC president Dana White advised him against it and ever since he’s had the same selection. Given Faber’s nickname – ‘The California Kid’ – it’s hard to imagine a better choice for his walkout track and this song certainly gets the crowd moving. At FOX UFC Saturday in Faber’s hometown of Sacramento, as soon as the first seconds of the song hit the speakers, the crowd in attendance went into a frenzy for their favorite fighter walking to the cage.
Key fight lyric: "From Oakland to Sac-town, The Bay Area and back down. Cali is where they put they mack down."
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is another fighter that stays loyal to his walkout song as he once again stomped to the cage to ‘Run This Town’ by Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West. Aldo has been using the song for quite some time now, and even walked out to the track when fighting Mark Hominick at UFC 129 when he was competing in the Canadian’s hometown of Toronto. The song ‘Run This Town’ was a featured track on Jay-Z’s 11th studio album and was also nominated for two Grammy awards as well despite the fact that most listeners believed it was Kanye West who lyrically stole the show on the song.
Moving on down the list, Frank Mir decided to go with a Jay-Z track as well for his walkout when he used ‘Young Forever’ from the album The Blueprint 3. For years, Mir was known for using the Kanye West track ‘Amazing’ but recently he’s switched things up and this time around when with Jay-Z instead. The song samples the track ‘Forever Young’ by the group Alphaville first released in 1984. The original track has been covered dozens of times by different singers and groups including the boy band One Direction.
Key fight lyric: Leave a mark that can’t erase neither space nor time. So when the director yells cut, I’ll be fine,
Jamie Varner decided to go with a UFC favorite when he walked out to ‘I’m Shipping Up to Boston’ by The Dropkick Murphys. The popular Boston band are a mainstay of Beantown and actually attended UFC 118 when the promotion debuted in the Massachusetts city for the first time. The track was actually used most prominently in the UFC by former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin, who used the song for most of his walkouts while he was still competing in the Octagon. ‘I’m Shipping Up to Boston’ was popularized in the Academy award winning film ‘The Departed’ and was also used during the 2013 Major League Baseball playoffs whenever the Boston Red Sox played a home game. The band actually performed the National Anthem as the stadium as well.
Key fight lyric: I’m shipping up to Boston! (not many lyrics to this song but it certainly gets the job done to pump up a crowd)
Also, I’m betting for the first time (and hopefully the last) we saw a fighter walk to the cage using a track by Brian McKnight. The song was called ‘Win’ and it was used by newcomer Tony Martin. I’m guessing Luther Vandross’ catalog wasn’t available on fight night?
The Best of the Rest:
Ricardo Lamas to "De Mexico a la Habana" by Sonora Santanera
Abel Trujillo out to "My N—ga" by YG
Clint Hester (using the song that matches his nickname) "Head Bussa" by Lil Scrappy
Andy Enz out to "Ten Thousand Hours" by Macklemore