When the venerable and careworn UFC Gladiator finally slouched away to that big focus group in the sky, his memorial service was depressingly bereft of mourners. But I, for one, am mourning. I can't help but think of all those good years, all those gallons of adrenaline, all those members of Stemm who now have no readily discernible means of feeding themselves. And, of course, those legions upon legions of fraternity brothers, who in the throes of sheer exaltation crushed shanty towns worth of beverage cans on their collective forehead every time The Gladiator took the screen. I mourn for all of it, really.
And I'm not going to kid myself; it may be some time before I'm whole again. It's a process, is what it is. But in the meantime, I find solace in the gladiator spirit that continues to permeate the sport he so valiantly represented for so long. Sure, the fighting is part of that. But really what I'm talking about are the entrance songs.
Here are my picks for the 30 best entrance songs in the UFC today. They are the fanfare of the fighter, the announcement of his presence, the clarion call for battle and for blood. You may recall that I've previously covered the best (and worst) selections in MMA history. But that was a while back. Time for an update.
This covers active UFC fighters only. And, unfortunately, because of limitations on usable UFC footage, videos for the songs themselves are used in most cases. You'll just have to use your imagination. But that's OK. I suspect The Gladiator would have wanted it that way. As you read, pour some American-style pilsner on the pavement for this fallen hero. Because this one's for him.