Glover Teixeira didn't win the belt but he won the walkout of the night with his tribute to 'The Iceman' Chuck Liddell
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Jon Jones defended his light heavyweight title for the seventh time with a win over Glover Teixeira on Saturday night in Baltimore and the champ was flawless from start to finish including a stellar walkout with a tribute to legendary Raven Ray Lewiw, who just happened to be in attendance at the fight.
Over the course of his last several fights, Jones has started to do a mash-up of walkout tunes usually starting with something from 50 Cent and ending with a Bob Marley track, but for his fight at UFC 172, the champ decided to make a change. Before walking to the cage Jones opted to play the Nelly track ‘Hot in Herre’, which was the same song used by Lewis when he entered the playing field in Baltimore. Jones even did his customary ‘dance’ as he got ready to walk to the cage.
From there, Jones’ walkout song moved to the Jadakiss track ‘The Champ is Here’, which was played routinely before his title defense against Lyoto Machida a few years back.
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Key fight lyric: "The champ is here"
Glover Teixeira didn’t leave the arena with the UFC light heavyweight title, but he may win the walkout of the night after using "Intro" from DMX and the album "It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot". The song is good enough from those days when DMX was best known as a rapper and not a guy on TMZ for landing on the police blotter constantly, but Teixeira gets massive bonus points because this is the same song his mentor and close friend Chuck Liddell routinely used during his fighting days as well.
It’s always nice to pay homage to those that came before you and Teixeira did a great job of that with a tribute to Liddell for his walkout in a championship fight.
Key fight lyric: "When I hit them (expletive) like ‘What you want?’. The battle turns into a hunt"
Anthony Johnson returned to the UFC and made an immediate impact with his dominant win over top five ranked light heavyweight Phil Davis, and he got the night started with his walkout to the track ‘Blunt Blowin’ by Lil Wayne. While Eminem might be the all time most popular artist in UFC history for walkout songs, Lil Wayne might come in at least second or third at worst.
Lately, fellow light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier has been using Lil Wayne due to their shared connection coming from Louisiana. Lil Wayne even tweeted in support of Cormier before his last fight. Not sure Johnson got the same love, but still Lil Wayne surely appreciated the gesture.
Key fight lyric: "I put it down like my hands hurtin’. I’m on a natural high, but I land perfect"
Phil Davis definitely didn’t have a good night in Baltimore, but he was trying to send a message and set the tone with his walkout track. Davis chose "Boss" by Rick Ross to kick off his intro to the Octagon.
The track from Ross’ second album titled ‘Trilla’ is the highest charting song the rapper has had during his career, reaching No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also features a sample from the Beastie Boy’s track ‘Paul Revere’ from their 1986 debut album "Licensed to Ill"
Key fight lyric: "I’m the biggest boss that you seen thus far"
Tim Boetsch is one of two athletes on the UFC roster who uses Kid Rock as his walkout song, and does so faithfully fight after fight (the other is Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone with the song ‘Cowboy’ of course).
Boetsch uses the song ‘American Bad Ass’ from the Kid Rock album titled ‘The History of Rock’. The track is basically Kid Rock’s rap on top of the Metallica song ‘Sad But True’ from their self-titled record dubbed ‘The Black Album’. The album where Kid Rock released this song was actually just a re-release of old tracks once he got ownership of the songs back from a previous record label. ‘American Bad Ass’ was one of only two new songs on the entire album, and the other was actually previously released on the ‘Any Given Sunday’ soundtrack.
Key fight lyric: "I’m an… American Bad Ass. Watch me kick"
Luke Rockhold’s song was a track called "Motivate" by Cruzmatik but he gets deducted cool points because for his last walkout he used a song by Danzig and this time around he chose not to use Danzig. For future reference Luke, always stick with Danzig.
For the second fight in a row, featherweight Andre Fili used the song ‘The Cave’ by folk group Mumford and Sons. Now, kudos to Fili for staying loyal to the same song and as a huge Mumford and Sons fan, it’s always great to hear their music — that said this doesn’t strike anyone as a typical fight walkout song. But if it works to pump up Fili that’s all that matters, right?
The song was nominated for four Grammy Awards in 2011 including Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Unfortunately, Mumford and Sons took a hiatus from one another in 2013, but as of February 2014 they were back writing material together for a new album.
Key fight lyric: "But I have seen the same. I know the shame in your defeat"
Here are the full list of walkout songs that were available for UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira
Jon Jones –"The Champ is Here" by Jadakiss
Glover Teixeira — "Intro" by DMX
Anthony Johnson — "Blunt Blowin" by Lil Wayne
Phil Davis — "Boss" by Rick Ross
Luke Rockhold — "Motivate" Cruzmatik
Tim Boetsch — "American Bad Ass" by Kid Rock
Jim Miller — "Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)" by The Hollies