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On This Day in MMA History: “The Gladiator” Got Axed

Today is truly a sad day for the MMA world, one that no amount of Office Space parodies or Korean television can resolve. For today, a great man has died, and therefore has taken a piece of us all with him. We’re talking, of course, about none other than the unacknowledged gladiator who’s trials and tribulations were once synonymous with the beginning of every UFC event. We’re talking about the nameless, faceless warrior who could grind sand into…well, sand, in the palm of his hand whilst an epic chorus sang in the background. Though we never knew what lied beyond the blinding white he so courageously stepped into night after night, it seems now that the mysterious abyss was in fact the UFC vault. The Underground was the first to break the story:

Tonight, UFC President Dana White revealed exclusively to the Underground that the opening sequence for its PPV broadcast has been redone and the new introduction will be revealed this Saturday for UFC 143. The event will feature Nick Diaz fighting Carlos Condit for the interim welterweight championship in the main event.

The opening sequence, which has shown a Roman gladiator preparing for battle has often been critiqued by fans and although the sequence hasn’t been used by the UFC on its FOX and Fuel TV broadcasts, it had been present as most recent as this past UFC 142.

To quote the UFC President directly: “He’s been cut.”

We know what you’re thinking, what does this mean for Stemm? Well, we simply can’t answer that at the moment, but as long as “Face the Pain” isn’t replaced by one of those terrible Bee Gees/50 Cent mash-ups we are forced to sit through in between fights at actual UFC events, we imagine it will be fine. [Author's note: I actually saw Stemm open for Chimaira back in '04, unaware that they were the band behind the UFC theme song at the time. They put on a hell of a show, believe it or not. If you're a fan of metal, check out one of their better songs IMO here.] It does appear, however, that Canadian trainer Hovig Tchaderian will be taking the place of “gladiator guy” in the new sequence, which will apparently consist of a hand wrapping scene and a glorified entrance. Thrilling stuff.

Now, whether or not you were a fan of the gladiator sequence (and really, who was?), you have to admit that all these changes the UFC has been undergoing is getting a little foreboding. Don’t follow? Perhaps you are familiar with the tale of how Utah came to be, as told by Stumpy. Be careful what you wish for, Potato Nation; our Papa Muntz statue has just been hauled off the figurative mountain.


R.I.P. Gladiator Guy 
? – January 30th, 2012
“Now You Are Free” 

-J. Jones

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KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- January 31, 2012 at 11:05 am
Apparently no, Dana White was not entertained


It's a sad day
Motivated Penn- January 31, 2012 at 3:52 am
Wtf, he gladiator is the only reason I even WATCH UFC events!
Todd M- January 30, 2012 at 7:56 pm
^ Anything by Pantera's Vulgar Display would be awesome, probably my favourite metal album. @ Kid Clam, Creed fingerbanging Nickelback, hilarious. I also hate that the UFC dub over the walk ins, not only on unleashed and wired but on the god damn dvd's that5 you pay good money for! A lot of the time when I rewatch older events I use the DVD to see the undercard but for the main events I go back to my pirated copies so I can watch the events as it happened, with the original music and no editing on fighters bad language or bpost fight behaviour. Damn UFC editing did you guys also notice they have Nck Diaz screaming 'Where you at Carlos' in these countdown shows? Did that even happen or are they just dubbing over him screaming at Georges, I don't remember him yelling Carlos.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm
Kid Clam Curtains that was hilarious
J. Jones- January 30, 2012 at 6:40 pm
@Darkside
I'll second that. I saw Deathklok with Mastodon at The House of Blues in Boston last year. Most hilarious show I have ever seen. But if I had to pick the most appropriate tune, it would be "Mouth for War" by Pantera.
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The_Dead_Cow- January 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm
War ensemble by slayer is the only way to go, but I know it will never happen.
Darkside- January 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm
How about "face fisted" by dethklok? Anyone? ......okay, well I still like it...
Giblets- January 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm
To keep on form with the rest of FOX's decisions it will probably be;

Song: Chumbawumba "I get knocked down"

Scene:Shamrock death punch from movie "Champions"
MediumRare- January 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm
@bootystar: put down the crack pipe while you're typing, please
Clinch-Smash- January 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm
am i really the only one to get the Out Cold ref?
MediumRare- January 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm
Someone please tell me Dana said there's no way he's coming back - 'cause that pretty much means he'll be back next week.
bootystar- January 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm
I bet the gladiator got asked cuz he was caught starring at the pork barrel sausage in the littereen next to his bald headed one yed jack of pades
The12ozCurls- January 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm
I heard they are going to replace "the gladiator" with some of the original "American Gladiators."
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It will feature Malibu firing tennis balls outta some piece of crap air cannon at Gemini who is fighting Nitro with those oversized Q-tips while Zapp and Lace munch eachothers cum dumpsters, all the while the latest hit from DRAGONFORCE pumps through the speakers cranked up to max volume.
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Sounds pretty sweet.
BigWhiskey- January 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm
Hmm...no more gladiator. You have to replace something like that with something equally badass and that leaves us only a few options:
1. Chuck Norris roundhouse-kicking someone into outer space.
2. Pirates
3. Sharks....with lasers

I mean, they could do ninjas, but then it'd just be a blank screen before the regular fights.
TheWarsawExpress- January 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm
I bet if that gladiator had gone over and checked on the guy he just stabbed in the neck with a sword, he would have gotten more fans.....Yeah, I'm still annoyed that people care about that Jones Machida thing.
Clinch-Smash- January 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm
"Bull Mountain ....don't go changin"
Kid Clam Curtains- January 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm
Have you guys noticed that they have to dub in that shitmetal when they play the walk-out music on UFC unleashed? I'm watching Matt Hughes (who always comes out to country boy can survive) and GSP (who apparently loves french-canadian rap) walk out to what sounds like Creed fingerbanging Nickelback. What a shame.
Ricardo Guitardo- January 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm
They have to make the intro more acceptable to Fox's wide range of viewers. Instead of the gladiator, now they will have an androgynous she-male wearing grey sweatpants and hoodie.
Kid Clam Curtains- January 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm
Please no more nu metal. Or that canned shitmetal they play during the weigh-ins. Its what elevator music would sound like played through a pair of huge affliction speakers. They need to buy the rights to the theme song from The Greatest American Hero.
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Believe it or not, I'm walkin' on air I never thought I could feel so free-ee-ee...
amsterdamheavy- January 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm
"what lay", not "what lied"
MexicanJudo- January 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm
Wait, so they're replacing the old gladiator with a NEW gladiator? What kinda shit is this?
MexicanJudo- January 30, 2012 at 2:14 pm
Good! F*** that puto!!!
Fried Taco- January 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm
I liked the Who "Baba O'Riley" video that started UFC on Fox 2. Might I suggest "Pinball Wizard" for the next one?
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