Our UFC 166 walk-out song picks

Darrell Montague

“Wake Me Up” by Avicii

It’s your average Swedish, dance, electronic, folk, pop

song about an underdog taking their first step on a life path

filled with uncertainty. And, what is more uncertain than tangling

with the #2 ranked flyweight in one’s Octagon debut? For

Darrell “The Mongoose” Montague, besting John Dodson in

his first UFC bout would be a dream come true. At the same time,

fighting the hardest hitter in your division on pay-per-view may be

the nightmare Montague screams to be woken up from.

John Dodson

“I’ve Got the Magic in Me” by B.o.B.

Pretty easy, John Dodson’s nickname is “The

Magician”. Am I right? Dodson’s “magic” is

knockout power as The Ultimate Fighter 14 winner has scored two

brutal, especially for a 125-er, TKO victories inside the Octagon.

Not to mention, Dodson nearly KOed UFC flyweight champ Demetrious

Johnson a couple times in their title bout in January, which was a

level of raw damage Joseph Benavidez, Ian McCall, nor Dominick Cruz

were able to inflict upon Johnson. Plus, if you’ve got a

pushy girlfriend/wife or simply a crush on Anna Kendrick then

you’ve seen “Pitch Perfect”, and you know that

when the nerdy kid at the end starts this jam up – goosebumps. Am I

right?!

Shawn Jordan

“Harder, Better, Faster” by Daft Punk

After the disappointing snooze-a-thon against Cheick Kongo at

UFC 149, “The Savage” has looked every bit his moniker

in back-to-back TKO stoppages including the Knockout of the Night

over Pat Barry in June. Usually, the former fullback for the

Louisiana State University Tigers walks to the cage to Johnny

Cash’s cover of “Hurt”, but the new member of

American Top Team needs something with a little more voltage to

signal he’s upgraded his harm output. And, if a heavyweight

like Jordan can do a backflip, the big dude can probably dance.

Gabriel Gonzaga

“Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden

Think about this, Iron Maiden were forged in England and rocked

Rio; meanwhile, Gabriel Gonzaga was birthed in Rio and trains in

(New) England. Coincidence?! The owner of an incredible 10 finishes

in the UFC, “Napao” has sent many running to the hills

following horrific highlight reel knockouts of Dave Herman and

Mirko Cro Cop.

Diego Sanchez

“Yeah” by LCD Soundsystem

If you’re familiar with Diego Sanchez’s

“yes” mantra/yelling than it’s either this or

Usher’s “Yeah”. Also, LCD Soundsystem has a

positive but weird edge that sort of matches the 24-5

Sanchez’s. Anytime, the 5x Fight of the Night awarded

“The Dream” enter the cage its got the potential to be

a battle for the ages and fight fans stand-up, raise their fist (or

gold crucifix) in the air, and shout “yes!”.

Gilbert Melendez

“Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J

Don’t call it a comeback! Seriously, don’t. The

former 2x Strikeforce lightweight champion was on a 7 fight win

streak including 4 consecutive title defenses before his

controversial split-decision loss to Benson Henderson for the UFC

lightweight strap. “El Nino” is an old school asskicker

who comes forward, often, and batters his opponents with punches in

bunches. And, Melendez’s matching track suits and baseball

cap reeks of LL’s early Bboy style.

Roy Nelson

“Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake

From his point of view, it’s Roy Nelson’s One Warrior Nation and

we’re just living it. Trade the neon face paint and arm-tassels for

a dirty Santa beard and a magnificent mullet. For “Big

Country”, it’s an us vs. them mentality that has helped

facilitate his 19-8 career. The “us” is Nelson, his

dynamite laced fists that have earned him 4 Knockout of the Night

bonuses, his BJJ blackbelt, and his steadfast wife, Jessy, who must

have the patience of a saint to share a house let alone a bed with

that mullet and/or beard.

Daniel Cormier

“Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode

“Words are very unnecessary. They can only do harm.”

In this example, Nelson’s trash talk will only bring the

undefeated juggernaut Daniel Cormier’s wrath ten fold to the

Octagon. It may not seem like a tough tune, but that really

doesn’t matter with this 2x US Olympic freestyle wrestler

turned punching machine. The former Strikeforce heavyweight Grand

Prix winner could walk to the cage to a choir of children singing

“Happy Birthday” and still beat a hole into your head

the size of Texas with that vacant Fedor Emelianenko-like

stare.

Junior dos Santos

“Princes of the Universe” by Queen

It was a real missed opportunity by the UFC not using this jam

in every advertisement for this trilogy ending, heavyweight

championship headliner. It’s Freddie Mercury hollering about

having no rival, having no equal, fighting for survival, having the

power to rule the world, and being princes of the universe, which

is how we all view heavyweight champions. And, there are some sick

guitar solos. On top of that, this is the theme song for the

“Highlander” series, which beckons “there can

only be one”. Specifically for Junior dos Santos,

“Highlander” is about winning by beheading and dos

Santos has the equivalent of 6 of those via his fists in the UFC

and one spinning heel kick to Mark Hunt’s dome at UFC

160.

Cain Velasquez

“All I Need” by Method Man

All the UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez needs is to stay

the UFC heavyweight champion. It was in 1994, a full year before

Mary J. Blige got involved, that the M-E-T-H-O-D Man gave unto us,

arguably, the toughest and thuggest love song ever recorded.

Instead of an East Coast gangster waxing on about his boo with the

good “power-U”, the 12-1 Velasquez freight-train is

talking about his gold belt, which is all anyone needs to signify

themselves as the baddest dude on the planet. Either that or

“Adam Raised a Cain” because it’s about as badass

as Bruce Springsteen gets.