MMA's 10 Most Intimidating Walkout Songs Ever
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It helps your walkout if you're an intimidating fighter. But you don't have to be intimidating yourself to get the opponents and the crowd shrinking back like violets. All you need is a scary theme song.
These are the 10 most intimidating walkout songs of all time. And while some of the actual fighters on this list are indeed intimidating themselves, this is not a list of intimidating fighters. It's a list of intimidating walkout songs.
So I don't want to hear your complaints about Wanderlei Silva not being on here. I realize his song may inspire fear from a simple Pavlovian standpoint, but come on. "Sandstorm" is like the least intimidating entrance song ever, at least outside the humor category.
Anyway, here's the list. Audio of each song included.
10. Nick Denis, "Genesis" by Justice
Let's start this off with a bang and one of the most intimidating and best overall entrance songs in history.
In addition, a note of respect and farewell to Nick "The Ninja of Love" Denis, the hard-hitting Canadian who unexpectedly retired yesterday at age 29.
9. Chris Leben and Jimy Hettes, "Welcome to Jamrock" by Damian Marley
Jamaican reggae royalty and toasting pioneer Damian Marley weaves tales of the mean streets in what is probably the most famous song from the toasting genre (basically just Jamaican hip-hop).
I don't want to give anything away, but those tales I mentioned? They do contain some violence. The part that makes the song truly intimidating is the woman singing in the chorus: "out in the streets, they call it murrrrr-derrrrrrr."
8. Anderson Silva, "Ain't No Sunshine" by DMX
No question this song is made more intimidating by the man using it, but this dark and brooding beat would instill fear if Christian Morecraft used it. Well, maybe not Christian Morecraft. But you see what I'm saying.
7. Thiago Silva, "Ratamahatta" by Sepultura
Just super-aggressive metal from the the venerable lords of the genre down in metal-mad Brazil. The tribal chants at the beginning and the blast beats in the middle both work well with Thiago Silva's savagery in the cage.
6. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, "You Ain't Stoppin Me" by Al Kapone
Al Kapone (not to be confused with Capone of New York duo Capone-N-Noreaga) is an influential but relatively little-known emcee who shares Quinton Jackson's hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. If you like Three 6 Mafia, you owe a debt to Al Kapone. This track is the perfect backdrop for one of MMA's signature walkouts.
5. Jon Fitch, "Rusty Cage" by Johnny Cash
Like Jon Fitch himself, this walkout song proves you don't have to be loud and wild to scare the beejezus out of someone. The song rumbles along like an old man rising up out of his chair and slowly reaching for the axe resting in the wall sconce. That's Fitch's style, too. Don't make him get out of his chair. You'd sure wish you hadn't.
4. Andrei Arlovski, "Onward to Victory" by Icepick
Then again, loud and wild gets the job done too.
This one's more like a collection of sound effects than an actual song. But when the jackboots, attack dogs and mental-hospital escape sirens finally give way to the music, it's still pretty darn raw. Just thinking about it gives me a headache. I don't see how anyone could just pop this song into their iPod and enjoy that experience, but hey, it's all subjective at the end of the day. Regardless, the intimidation in these three-and-a-half minutes is a simple, objective fact.
3. Chuck Liddell, "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot" by DMX
It's no mystery why DMX is one of the more popular choices for walkout songs. The gravel-throated rapper is at his menacing best on this intro to the album of the same name. Fitting, then, that it accompanied Chuck Liddell to the cage when the man himself was also at his menacing best.
2. Matt Hughes, "A Country Boy Can Survive" by Hank Williams Jr.
With the possible exception of Wanderlei Silva's "Sandstorm," I'm not sure any song is more closely associated with a fighter than this song is with welterweight legend Matt Hughes.
Because there's a storm a-brewin' on the horizon. And that can only mean one thing. The sheriff's headed into town. You hear me, Frank Trigg, you cur? Run. And tell all the other curs The Law is comin'.
1. Fedor Emelianenko, "Oy to Ne Vecher" by Father Andre
Fedor Emelianenko didn't even have to try. The guy just oozed intimidation. When he was in the zone and making his way to the combat area, that detached, I-must-do-violence-now gaze into the middle distance was pretty terrifying.
This desolate Russian folk dirge was the perfect complement. Surrounded by the Pride pyrotechnics and screaming Japanese legions, Fedor was the calm in the middle of the storm and the storm itself. Get ready for some doom.