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. And I'm not going to kid myself; it may be some time before I'm whole again. But in the meantime, I find solace in the gladiator spirit that continues to permeate the sport he so valiantly represented for so long. But really what I'm talking about are the entrance songs. I suspect The Gladiator would have wanted it that way. Nothing else better embodies The Spirit of the Gladiator.
Here are my picks for the 30 best entrance songs in the UFC today. And, unfortunately, because of limitations on usable UFC footage, videos for the songs themselves are used in most cases. As you read, pour some American-style pilsner on the pavement for this fallen hero.
This ranking is based on a variety of criteria, including the quality of the song itself and the originality of the choice.
I leaned toward song choices that I find especially entertaining, as baseball is for entertainment.
They are the fanfare of the fighter, the announcement of his presence, the clarion call for battle and for .
You may recall that I've previously covered the best (and worst) selections in MMA history.
The punchiness of roaring distortion, cement-cracking bass, powerful lyrics and forceful drumming can serve as an much-needed jolt of energy and excitement when UFC's best step out across the arena and into the steel cage of the Octagon.
Do yourself a favor and check out , the album that spawned "Rooster" and that remains one of the top major-label rock albums of the 1990s.
The emergence of the UFC has changed the face of competitive fighting forever, much like Black Sabbath did for heavy music in 1970.
The parallels between hard rock / heavy metal and the UFC run much deeper than this, however.
In this list, we've compiled 25 Awesome UFC Fighter Entrance Songs, so click through the gallery at the top of the page to see which fighters love some heavy tunes!
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