So, last month's contest wasn't much of a contest. Ronda Rousey walked away with the clear victory and 41% of the vote for her continued choice of Bad Reputation by Joan Jett. Rory MacDonald was a distant second with 14% voting for his use of Metallica's Seek and Destroy. This month should be a much closer contest. There were no big favorites, no grand entrances that really stuck out, but there were still a lot of great songs. So, lets get right down to it.
Note: I've skipped Fight Night: Henderson vs. Shogun 2, as I no longer have the video of the event and a couple of hours of searching yielded zero answers as to who walked out to what. If you remember, or want to track it down, feel free to post songs in the comments and vote via recs.
Kicking off the month with the TUF China Finale, Matt Mtirione set the high mark of the evening with Lynyrd Skynyrd's Simple Man. Hatsu Hioki entered to his longtime favorite Moonlight Shadow by Mike Oldfield. And Nam Phan continued his string of interesting choices with his use of the Wong Fei Hung theme. Yui Chul Nam made a great first impression with Common's Be (intro) and John Hathaway made his return with All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix.
Fight Night 37: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa had a great field of entries for March. Cyrille Diabate tops my list with First Blood by Kavinsky, but for many Omari Akhmedov's use of Promentory from Last of the Mohicans was a fantastic walkout song. It's not the best thing I've ever heard but Brad Scott's use of Blackbird by The Wurzles was definitely different. And I couldn't help but love Mats Nilsson's use of Spring by Timbuktu. Alexander Gustafsson took the very appropriate avenue of walking out to the Swedish National Anthem Du Gamla Du Fria as sung by soccer great Zlatan Ibrahimovic. And finally, Melvin Guillard made a strong entry with Knights of Cydonia by Muse. Here's the full list.
Finally, At UFC 171, newcomer Frank Trevino made a great choice walking out to You Can't Hide, You Can't Run by Dilated Peoples. Diego Sanchez kept to his classics with Queen's We Will Rock You and Jake Shields wen't to a solid hard rock entry with Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes. Ovince St. Preux took on one of the better Rick Ross songs with Hold Me Back. Kelvin Gastelum took to his Mexican roots with Vincente Fernandez's Los Mandados. Sean Strickland is this month's Johnny Cash of choice with Ain't No Grave. Finally, Justin Scoggins took a very attitude appropriate entrance with Pharrell Williams' hit song Happy. You can see the rest here.
Of course there were a slew of disqualifications this month too. Daniel Pineda also went with Promentory from Last of the Mohicans, only one event after Akhmedov. Wang Sai walked out to Wild Boys by Duran Duran and did not also change his name to Mirko CroCop. And Zhang Lipeng, Ilir Latifi, and Robert Whiteford all walked out to various Rocky themes. Also, Rick Story and Danny Mitchell added themselves to the uncountable number of fighters walking out to AC/DC. I've chosen Sean Strickland as this months Johnny Cash fighter, but Carlos Condit and Shawn Jordan picked decent songs of his as well.