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Five Most Kickass Entrance Songs — EVER!

Because some of you asked for it during our recent roundup of the lamest, here are our picks for the best. Please post your opinions in the comments, but keep in mind that nu-metal is for fairies, and French rap music will absolutely not be tolerated.

5. Shonie Carter (UFC 53) — “Superfly,” Curtis Mayfield

Shonie Carter is only 35 years old, but he acts like he’s goddamn Ossie Davis in Do the Right Thing, always trying to tell the youngin’s bout the way things oughta be (and occasionally getting dropped from contracts as a result). No, “Superfly” doesn’t get a crowd riled up to see blood — Mr. International would rather use his entrance to showcase his taste in ’70s soul hits. In other words, fuck y’all.

4. Forrest Griffin (UFC 72) — “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” Dropkick Murphys

True, it doesn’t take much to get Irish people in the mood for drinking and fighting, but in a room full of Celtics fans, playing this song is like throwing chum into shark-filled water. When you’re actually in Belfast public broadcast of the Dropkick Murphys is irresponsibly dangerous — but then again, “Irresponsibly Dangerous” is Forrest Griffin’s middle name. The only thing that could have made his entrance at UFC 72 better is if Griffin convinced Mark Wahlberg to walk out to the cage with him.

3. Rich Franklin (multiple appearances) — “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You),” AC/DC

MMA fans revel in their outsider status, which is why this jam about rock ‘n roll unity is such a clever choice; it’s also AC/DC’s greatest song, which makes it a top candidate for greatest rock song by anyone. The slow intro builds suspense until Ace emerges from the locker room, and Brian Johnson’s ball-curdling screams tend to raise the arm hairs of everybody within earshot.

2. Roger Huerta (multiple appearances) — “Matador,” Los Fabulosos Cadillacs

I’ve been a fan of this pounding samba-rock joint since it dropped in 1994, and was psyched went I first saw Roger Huerta use it to hype himself for combat. In the song — as in Huerta’s nickname — “matador” means “killer,” not “bull-dodger.” Between the drum-line beat and the group-roar of the chorus, “Matador” already sounds like an arena full of screaming fans. Basically, it’s the heterosexual version of Ricky Martin’s “Cup of Life.” I know that doesn’t sound like a great sales pitch, but you’ll just have to trust me.

1. (tie) Michael Bisping (UFC 75) — “London Calling,” The Clash / Matt Hamill (UFC 75) — “Born in the U.S.A.,” Bruce Springsteen

Obvious? Yes. Effective? Also yes. The Brits at London’s O2 Arena went bloody apeshit when Bisping charged out to the Octagon to the punk classic, while Americans watching at home got equally charged-up when the Hammer forced them to listen to the Boss. But it really didn’t matter which Springsteen song he walked out to; Hamill could have picked “Human Touch,” and I still would have destroyed all the furniture in my apartment.


  1. Old, Bald and Irish Says:

    Tue, 01/08/08 - 03:12

    Ditto on the French rap music. The only thing worse is French, late 80's, hair-band heavy metal. Uhhhhhg......(shudder).......douche chill inducing!
  2. Noah Says:

    Tue, 01/08/08 - 03:51

    Not that anyone cares, but matador has never meant "bull-dodger". The word matador comes from the Spanish verb matar, which means to kill. They called them matadors because they actually killed the bull at the end of the "fight".
  3. Thankyou Noah Says:

    Tue, 01/08/08 - 04:18

    I don't think it has ever been used but the terminator music would be great.
  4. Chris Says:

    Tue, 01/08/08 - 04:33

    Shipping up to Boston is fucking amazing. Thiago Silvas' entrance song was pumping too, even though it was brazillian hip-hop.
  5. Da Pit Says:

    Tue, 01/08/08 - 05:18

    Chris are you 12 or something talking about someone's mama? i dont think none of those song were good except maybe born in the USA i cant think of any but i know there alot better ones than those!
  6. totaldb Says:

    Tue, 01/08/08 - 05:38

    BIG CHRIS, is that because your mother can only enter a room with a ski mask on? I am so sorry...douchebag. I agree with Chris, Silvas' song was sweet too.
  7. BIG CHRIS Says:

    Tue, 01/08/08 - 05:41

    your mother is 12...."Da Pit dont think none of those song were good, and he cant think of any but he know there alot better ones than those." Nice Job Da Pit, thank you for this incredible insight.....
  8. Anthony Says:

    Tue, 01/08/08 - 05:45

    "Go To Sleep" by DMX, Eminem and Obie Trice. Nuff said!
  9. BIG CHRIS Says:

    Tue, 01/08/08 - 05:46

    How did you know totaldb?? Nice call buddy....yes she is a multi colored ski mask covers her unsightly mole....
  10. The Agent Says:

    Tue, 01/08/08 - 06:54

    personly i think that AC/DC - TNT would be a better intrance song than the one on the list
  11. kentyman Says:

    Tue, 01/08/08 - 06:59

    I'm quite sure if he played Springsteen's Pony Boy, things would've been different:
  12. ben Says:

    Tue, 01/08/08 - 07:03

    @ Anthony, the Agent: Were those songs ever used by anyone during ring entrances? Y'know, because this list is about *actual entrance music*...
  13. Vladimir Says:

    Tue, 01/08/08 - 08:18

    How about this : :)
  14. The Bloc Says:

    Tue, 01/08/08 - 09:50

    what,s wrong with french rap? gsp's "samurai" is awesome. Just because you dont understand the lyrics doesnt mean it's bad.
  15. the chick Says:

    Fri, 01/25/08 - 01:56

    Spencer Fisher, "God's Gonna Cut You Down," Johnny Cash. Fan-damn-tastic.
  16. bubba Says:

    Sat, 02/02/08 - 06:19

    what was tim silvia's entrance song on ufc 81
  17. MKXii Says:

    Wed, 02/13/08 - 05:12

    When Rampage came out to "Can't Be Touched" by Roy Jones Jr and Body Head Bangers it was so intense. Just read the lyrics
  18. ShutFu Says:

    Mon, 02/25/08 - 12:40

    Ah, when I heard shipping up to Boston as Griffins entrance song I actually stood up and sang along. And I seldom stand up. A honorable mention might be B.J Penns use of kamakawiwo'oles Hawaii 78, it's awesome.
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