There is a moment before every fight where the lights go down and there is a half second of audible silence. The anticipation builds under a few errant whistles and screams and then...the music kicks in.
Depending on the fighter and your own personal taste in music, you either get really jacked up or wrinkle your nose and say, "What the heck is this?"
There are some songs that were born for for fight walkouts and are popular crowd favorites. If you look at last year's walkout anthems it seems like Rage Against the Machine, Johnny Cash or Jay Z were on just about every card.
The unique nature of walkout music is getting less and less diverse. In some ways it appears as though fighters and their crews aren't even trying anymore or have lost touch with what might work in their favor with getting the crowd going.
Here are six songs that MMA fighters should be adding to their walkout playlists.
It's surprising that no one is consistently using this song for their walkout. The build at the beginning of the song seems perfect for slowly bringing a crowd into a frenzy.
Perfect title, great lyrics for a fighter as well. Popular across the country too.
Relatively unknown regional group with an awesome sound. Song is perfect for getting a crowd cranked up for a fight.
This is a Danish band, so it only seems appropriate that Martin Kampmann begin using this song for his walkout.
There is a lot going on in this song. It's fast-paced, uptempo and loud! Almost sounds like the fighter's version of "We Didn't Start the Fire."
Song about overcoming defeat and misfortunes. Seems to be in the wheelhouse of most MMA fighters.