The Soundtrack to UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler walkout songs
Johny Hendricks has not only been a consistent performer inside the UFC Octagon, but he’s also been extremely faithful to his favorite walkout song for the biggest part of his fighting career.
The song Hendricks uses — "50 Dollars and a Flask of Crown’ is by Dallas born country artist Bleu Edmondson, and it’s always seem to fit the new UFC welterweight champion’s hometown roots but his history with the song goes back much further than his time in MMA.
"That was my college walkout song," Hendricks revealed to FOX Sports. "I’ve had that since my sophomore year in college and I’ve used it ever since. I love the tune and I love the fact it was able to get it done. I don’t ever want to give it away. This helped me put it on the map."
At this point now that Hendricks has the UFC welterweight title wrapped around his waist, there’s no chance the new champion switches up from his old faithful walkout tune.
Key fight lyric: "I stand for passion and I stand my ground. Ain’t nothing gonna hold me down"
Hendricks’ main event opponent Robbie Lawler went in a completely different direction for his walkout track going with ‘Beautiful’ by Eminem. The song was the fourth single from Eminem’s album ‘Relapse’ and his ninth straight Top 40 song on the Billboard Top 100. The tune samples from the track ‘Reaching Out’ by the band Rock Therapy, also popularized by Queen and Paul Rodgers when it was performed live.
Lawler ultimately fell to defeat, which once again strengthens the superstition that swirls around MMA fighters known as the Eminem curse. For years almost every fighter that used Eminem as a walkout song fell to defeat. While some competitors have had better luck recently, maybe Slim Shady had one final bite left in him to zap Lawler’s energy in that fifth and final round.
Key fight lyric: "I took my bruises, took my lumps. Fell down and I got right back up"
The co-main event brought a bit of a surprise for former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit. The New Mexico native had loyally used different tracks from the band Rage Against the Machine for years, dating all the way back to his reign as champion in the WEC, but for the first time in forever he opted to go with a different artist all together.
Condit chose "Further On Up the Road" by Johnny Cash, from his 2006 album "American V: A Hundred Highways". The song was originally written and released by Bruce Springsteen from his 2002 album ‘The Rising’. Cash’s cover came a few years later when he was famously recording tunes from a lot of his favorite artists including Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden and Danzig.
Key fight lyric: "Where the road is dark and the seed is sowed. Where the gun is cocked and the bullet’s cold"
Condit’s opponent Tyron Woodley went with a St. Louis artist, which also happens to be his hometown with the track ‘I Ain’t Turning Back’ by Thi’sl. The track from the gravely voiced rapper came from his 2009 album "Chronicles of an X-Hustler’, which is just before his 2011 turn to becoming a Christian rapper and artist.
Key fight lyric: "I’m through playing games, you can see it in my eyes. And you can go ask anybody, I’m a ride and I ain’t turning back"
Diego Sanchez didn’t get a win on Saturday night at UFC 171, but he did manage to walk out to one of the most iconic sports stadium songs of all time when he used the 1977 track ‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen. The song ranked No. 330 out of the 500 greatest songs of all time when ranked by Rolling Stone magazine.
There’s virtually no one that can year the drum track to ‘We Will Rock You’ and not immediately know the song that’s playing. The song was written and performed in unison with another Queen hit "We Are the Champions". The duo written by Brian May was in response to a 1977 concert in which the band played their set, but for the encore instead of the crowd chanting or cheering, they instead sang ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and the emotional gesture moved the band to write the new tracks.
Key fight lyric: "You got mud on your face, you big disgrace. Kicking your can all over the place."
One of the most memorable walkouts of the evening came courtesy of prelim fighter Robert Whiteford who used the track ‘Promentory" from the soundtrack to the film ‘The Last of the Mohicans’. The track was composed by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman, who is the original writer of the song ‘Weekend in New England’ — famously covered by adult contemporary star Barry Manilow.
The song ‘Promentory’ was also used in a 2007 Nike ad that was directed by Michael Mann, who also directed the film ‘The Last of the Mohicans’.
The full list of walkout songs available for UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler
Johny Hendricks — "$50 dollars and a Flask of Crown" by Bleu Edmondson
Robbie Lawler — "Beautiful" by Eminem
Carlos Condit — "Further On Up the Road" by Johnny Cash
Tyron Woodley — "I Ain’t Turning Back" by Thi’sl
Myles Jury — "Donald Trump" by Mac Miller
Diego Sanchez — "We Will Rock You" by Queen
Hector Lombard — "Born Again" by Newsboys
Jake Shields — "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes
Nikita Krylov — "Rebel Rouse" by Duane Eddy
Ovince St-Preux — "Hold Me Back" by Rick Ross
Justin Scoggins — "Happy" by Pharrell
Sean Strickland — "Ain’t No Grave" by Johnny Cash
Bubba McDaniel — "Jump Around" by House of Pain
Rob Whiteford — "Promentory" from the Last of the Mohicans soundtrack
Daniel Pineda — "It’s a Fight" by Three 6 Mafia