Our UFC 165 walk-out song picks

A fighter’s entrance music can be their motivation’s

anthem or an audible insight to their scrapping style. Or it could

just be some sweet tune that helps the fighter look like a total

badass walking to before they throw fists and feet in the cage.

Here are 10 entrance-song suggestions for this weekend’s

fighters on the UFC 165 main card.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

“You Can’t Stop Me Now” by Bobby Digital

(RZA)

Undefeated in 20 pro fights and just set a takedown record

in the UFC–attempting 27 and scoring on 21–in May, “The

Eagle” is more unstoppable than any train Denzel Washington

has ridden. The son of a Sambo coach, Nurmagomedov was a force of

nature in the Russian MMA scene before moving to the U.S. of A. and

adding another four wins inside the Octagon to his record including

a knockout of game opponent Thiago Tavares in Brazil. As “The

Eagle” marks his pay-per-view debut, Nurmagomedov will look

to keep the pressure on and keep moving forward for win #21 and a

step closer to a lightweight title shot.

Pat Healy

“Another Brick In The Wall” by Pink Floyd

To balance out Nurmagomedov’s forward momentum,

there’s the immovable object Pat “Bam Bam” Healy.

His UFC debut in April could not have gone any better, as Healy

absorbed all of No 8-ranked lightweight Jim Miller’s first

round onslaught to only break Miller in the third round and win by

rear naked choke. Outside of the cage, things could have gone a lot

better, Healy’s win and his $130,000 of bonus money were

taken away from “Bam Bam” following a positive drug test for

marijuana metabolites. Actually, “Redemption Song” by

Bob Marley might be a better choice.

Francis Carmont

“Sexy Boy” by Air

Spend a minute saying “Carmont”–pronounced

CAR-MOANH–with increasing drama in your voice and

you’ll feel at least 10x sexier. Results may vary, but

“Limitless” does not: He’s an undefeated 5-0 in

the UFC. Plus, when and why did Montreal’s TriStar Gym, where

Carmont trains, become so serious? C’mon, guys, lighten-up.

You’re all winning, you’re all young and attractive,

and you’re all fighting more than half of your fights in

Canada like this one. Have some fun for once.

Costa Phillippou

“Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr.

It’s about time to get some real recognition for the

former pro boxer turned 12-2, 1NC middleweight on a five-fight win

streak. The chorus to this bluesy guitar jam is “You’re

going to know my name by the end of the night”, which is what

the Cyprus-born, Long Island, New York-trained fighter should have

already accomplished with his TKO of Tim Boetsch in December. The

brightness of that victory has dulled without a follow-up

appearance in nine months due to an injury, but Phillippou can get

his name back on the tip of the collective fight fans’ tongue

with a win over Carmont.

Matt Mitrione

“Applause” by Lady Gaga

There are not many more fan-friendly fighters than Matt

Mitrione. Usually, the former NFL-er who is 6-2 all in the UFC,

comes to the cage to the droning rocker “Simple Man” by

Lynyrd Skynyrd, but the slow song doesn’t necessarily match

the slugger’s up-tempo tangles. Mitrione likes to trade

knuckle sandwiches to see who drops first like a gunfighter because

he knows that’s what the fans jump to their feet and cheer

the hardest for, especially from heavyweights. The disciple of one

of the UFC’s most entertaining fighters of all-time, Chris

“Lights Out” Lytle, Mitrione got back to exciting the

fans with a 19-second knockout of Phil de Fries in April in

Sweden.

Brendan Schaub

“We’re Famous” by Aesop Rock featuring

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enough of Marshall Mathers, but any dutiful UFC fan knows

there’s only bad mojo to be found in those songs. As the

former fullback for the University of Colorado takes on his fellow

football playing castmate Mitrione, “The Hybrid” could

walk to the cage on one of the best crossover diss tracks that do

happen to share a similar complexion to Eminem. At 9-3 and making

his ninth Octagon appearance, it’s about time Schaub turns

over a new leaf and allows more than one angry caucasian rapper to

serenade him before a fight.

Eddie Wineland

“Straight To Your Face” by Hatebreed

It sounds like a solid gameplan for the furious fists of the

first WEC bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland. At 20-8-1 with half

of his wins by knockout, Wineland likes to grip n’ rip from

the hip no matter who he’s with locked inside the Octagon.

Wineland’s got arguably his toughest challenge ahead of him

with the current UFC interim-bantamweight champion Renan Barao,

which is not the time to switch-up what’s worked for him in

the past and earned him this title shot. Wineland needs to get

those tatted-up arms firing-off like punishing pistons early and

often to reclaim the 135 pound belt he started.

Renan Barao

“Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen

A lot of fighters have come out to DJ Khaled’s

“All I Do Is Win”, but none actually lives it like UFC

interim-bantamweight champ Barao. The Brazilian product of Nova

Uniao has been unbelievably unbeaten in his past 33 fights with the

best any opponent has done against him is take home a “no

contest” instead of a loss in over eight years. Barao’s

accumulated a list of 32, basically, consecutive wins including the

interim-title snagging performance over Urijah Faber and the

successful defense of said interim-title against Michael McDonald

in February. Queen’s classic shares a similar sentiment as

Khaled’s song, but with the added flare that a

gold-belt-sporting champion deserves.

Alexander Gustafsson

“Follow The Hollow” by Soilwork

There are two musical stereotypes for the Swedes: spinning

turntables at a rave like Avicii or shredding drop-D, demonic

guitars like Meshuggah. For a 6’5” modern viking

nicknamed “The Mauler”, one would hope for Gustafsson

to walk into his first UFC title fight with death metal blaring and

a battle axe in his hand. At 15-1 and on a six-fight win streak,

“The Mauler” will need to summon all of his

ancestors’ warrior spirit to dethrone UFC light-heavyweight

champ Jon Jones. To help rattle the doors of Valhalla, Gustafsson

can march to the Octagon to the melodious screams and driving riffs

of Soilwork.

Jon Jones

“Roar” by Katy Perry

Hear me out. The pop song with about 70 million views on

YouTube references being a champion, having the eye of the tiger,

and roaring. Meanwhile, the #1 pound-for-pound kingpin, UFC

light-heavyweight boss Jon “Bones” Jones’ Twitter

avatar is a pride of lions and he’s walked out to Chris Brown

before. Also, if anyone is going to make Katy Perry’s music

tough, it’s going to be the 18-1 Jones who has already tied

the UFC record for most successful light-heavyweight title defenses

(5) and he’s only 26 years old. Another idea, “The

Chain” by Fleetwood Mac because if you don’t love one

of the most impressive champions in UFC history now then

you’ll never love him again.