The Soundtrack to UFC 180: Werdum vs. Hunt - the walkout songs

BY Damon Martin • November 16, 2014

When the UFC visits new location and decorates the card with a ton of talent from the area, the walkout songs tend to follow the trend and what results is a blend of local flavor not normally heard as fighters walk to the Octagon.

UFC 180 was certainly no exception with a ton of fighters on the card from Mexico and Latin America, the walkout song selection was a melting pot of Grupera, mariachi, and Latin traditional tunes.

At the top of the card, Fabricio Werdum is a proud Brazilian, but over the last six months he's embraced Latin America by not only coaching fighters from the region on the past season of The Ultimate Fighter but also relocating to Mexico full time for the last several weeks to prepare for his showdown with Mark Hunt. Werdum is a regular UFC commentator for the Latin America broadcasts so it's almost as if he considers the area a second home to his native Brazil.

Werdum used a traditional Mariachi song for his walkout titled "Cielinto Lindo" as he trotted to the Octagon before winning his first ever UFC title on Saturday night. The track dates back as far as 1882 and has become a national theme for Mexico in many sporting events, including soccer matches like those held for the FIFA World Cup.

His opponent, Mark Hunt went for a track called "Set a Fire" by Jesus Culture. The New Zealand born heavyweight usually walks out to music by Christian contemporary rock or pop bands.  Hunt has long been a man of faith and loves to use the music to set the stage as he gets ready to enter the Octagon.

Co-main event fighter Kelvin Gastelum took things back to a traditional Latin feel with the song "El Palenque" by Vincente Fernandez.  The artist should sound familiar -- he's the singer UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez uses for almost all of his walkout songs when he treks to the cage to defend his title.

Jake Ellenberger was one of the non-Latin fighters on the card so he went with a rock choice for his song and it was a good one.  He opted to use the Aerosmith track "Dream On", although just as lead singer Steven Tyler was about to belt out his classic primal scream, the audio got cut in the arena. It was odd how the song just shut off as Ellenberger was still walking into the Octagon, but for those that love the track feel free to listen to it below.

Ricardo Lamas also showed his Latin heritage as he walked to the cage using the song "De Mexico a la Habana" by Sonora Santanera. Another traditional Mexican favorite employing a salsa beat and horn section, the track certainly served to inspire Lamas as he went out and finished opponent Dennis Bermudez in the first round.

And it wouldn't be a UFC show without some random dance music being used by at least one fighter.  Thankfully, former Ultimate Fighter: Latin America contestant Henry Briones didn't disappoint with his walkout song.  He opted for the track "Bad" by David Guetta as he bounced his way toward the Octagon.

Dubsteppers everywhere surely enjoyed this walkout selection.

Here's a full list of the walkout songs available from UFC 180: Werdum vs. Hunt

Mark Hunt out to "Set a Fire" by Jesus Culture

Fabricio Werdum to "Cielito Lindo" by El Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitian

Kelvin Gastelum out to "El Palenque" by Vincente Fernandez

Jake Ellenberger to "Dream On" by Aerosmith

Dennis Bermudez out to "Ambition" by Wale

Ricardo Lamas to "De Mexico a la Habana" by Sonora Santanera

Chris Heatherly out to "Handsome and Wealthy" by Migos

Augusto Montano to "Un Gran Circo" by Maldita Vecindad

Hector Urbina out to "Cumbia Sobre el Rio" by Celso Pina 

Edgar Garcia to "Bandoleros" by Don Omar, Tego Calderon

Gabriel Benitez out to "Mejor Morir En Pie" by Tierra Santa

Guido Cannetti out to "Mi Buenos Aires Querido" by Carlos Gardel

Henry Briones to "Bad" by David Guetta, Vassy, Showtek

Marlon Vera out to "Beautiful People" by Chris Brown

Marco Beltran to "Asi Son Mis Dias" by Control Machete