So last month's article was a great success, at least in my eyes. Luke Rockhold started out in the lead with his entrance to Danzig's Thirteen, but was pipped late in the race by a surging John Moraga and Thuggish, Ruggish Bone by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. February matches January with three events, so there should have been plenty of entrants this month (four in March will be killer). As many have noted, a lot of these entrances won't have made US television. Commercial breaks and vociferous announcers mean that only a select few full entrances get from curtain to cage on your TV. But this piece isn't really about the entrances so much (and it's certainly not about the fighters), it's about the songs. So, I'll list what I thought were the best ones and leave it to you to vote on the winner. At the end of the year I'll pick each months winner for a "Best Walkout of the Year Tourney," but let's get back to the hear and the now. As always, if you think I've criminally overlooked someone, feel free to say so in the comments and I'll count recs as votes.
There's no question that Ronda Rousey has to be the favorite going in. Her use of Joan Jett's Bad Reputation suits her to a t. It doesn't hurt that the song itself is awesome too. Also of note on UFC 170 was Patrick Cummins' walkout to Long Tall Sally by Little Richard and Rory MacDonald with Metallica's Seek and Destroy. While it's not my favorite Tenacious D song, Stephen Thompson gets 10/10 for style for walking out to Wonderboy. Ernest Chavez made a strong entrace with DMX's We Right Here and I'm giving Robert Whittaker a bit of a bump for being the Aussie walking out to AC/DC with Hell's Bells. Those are the best, but you can see the rest right here.
This was the section where I was planning on talking about UFC Fight Night 36, but sadly the prelims had almost no walkouts due to the rushed schedule of having every fight go to decision and, unfortunately, fight pass doesn't have the main card up. So, sadly there won't be any entrants from Fight Night 36, unless someone has a better memory or a copy of the card lingering on their DVR and wants to post walkouts in the comments.
UFC 169 is probably most notable for what American fans didn't see. Namely, Tom Watson walking out to I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) by Meatloaf. Urijah Faber, as always, came out to 2Pac's California Love and Ricardo Lamas went with his Latin roots walking out to De Mexico a la Habana by Sonora Santanera. Danny Martinez took one of the better Jay-Z tracks with You Don't Know and Nick Catone went for a rock classic with Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones. Al Iaquinta and Clint Hester are both looking to establish their walkout cred; Iaquinta made his way to the ring with Ja Rule's New York and Hester walked out to the sound of his nickname-sake Head Bussa by Lil Scrappy. There were other walkouts of course, but that's the best of them. You can check out the rest of them right here.
There were a couple notable disqualifications this round as well. Varner gets an automatic fail for walking out to Forrest Griffin's classic entrance song I'm Shipping Up To Boston. And Aljamain Sterling gets a veto because I have no idea what King Troy's version of Bad Mamma Jamma is. Finally, Mike Pyle and Neil Magny both came out to Remember The Name, someone needs to pick a new song (both of them should). Because of a weak walkout event we have a much smaller field (and frankly a bit shallower too) this time around. I'll be taking notes for future cards in hopes this doesn't happen again, but I can't make fighters pick better songs, so I can't make any promises. Anyway, let the voting begin.