UFC Fight Night in Atlanta on Wednesday night yielded some pretty exciting finishes, maybe none more so than the main event where former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold made sure opponent Costas Philippou wouldn’t be doing sit ups for a few weeks after bludgeoning his midsection with a fight finishing liver kick in the first round.
Before the fights start, however, the tone for each competitor is set with their own personally chosen walkout music and while the selections were slim for this show (only certain walkouts are shown given television time) there were still some great choices by the fighters on Wednesday night’s card.
Starting at the top is Luke Rockhold’s selection of ‘Thirteen’ by Danzig.
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The former Misfits front man is known well for his dark song lyrics and broody mannerisms and despite the fact that he walks around at an imposing 5’4" tall, his demeanor casts a much larger shadow. On a side note, if Danzig’s brand of metal doesn’t suit you, check out the cover by country legend Johnny Cash.
Key fight lyric: "Got a long line of heartache carry it well. List of lives I’ve broken reach from here to hell"
"Thirteen" by Danzig
On the other side of the cage was Costas Philippou, who stays loyal to the same walkout song for each of his UFC fights when he marches to the cage to Twisted Sister’s 1980’s anthem ‘I Wanna Rock’. It takes a brave man to dress up in a crop top and makeup but that’s exactly what Dee Snider did for the majority of the 80’s and while you may only know Twisted Sister for this song or the track ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’, they were actually a pretty underrated band for their time. The video for the song also featured an appearance by Mark Metcalf, who many fans will also recognize as The Maestro from Seinfeld.
Key Fight Lyric: "I want to rock!’
"I Wanna Rock" by Twisted Sister
Due to TV time, only a few other walkouts were shown on Wednesday night but a couple of the notable ones included:
Garrett Whitely walking out to ‘You’re The Best Around" from The Karate Kid Soundtrack. Sure, at this point the track is a little overplayed but in reality can you ever really get enough of this song? If you were born or around in the 80’s and ever watched this movie there’s no way you can listen to this song and not want to crane kick someone in the face. After all, you’re only a man and a man’s got to learn to take it.
"You’re the Best Around" by Joe Esposito
The other honorable mention for this show goes to newcomer Beneil Dariush, who not only made short work of Charlie Brenneman in his UFC debut, but also had the stones to walk out to Michael Jackson. Now let me say that the king of pop is iconic, a legend and anyone that says they don’t own at least one Michael Jackson song is probably lying. That said, he’s not exactly known for tracks that will make you jump out of your shoes ready to kick ass. Kudos to you Dariush– we all want to feel that heat and then ride the boogie.