Walkout music isn't huge business in MMA, but it is an associative identifier to certain fighters, lending it some level of importance. When I hear "Sandstorm", I think of Wanderlei Silva. When I hear "Bad reputation", I think of Ronda Rousey. A fighter's music serves another purpose in that it helps put them in the zone or amps them up for the impending violence they are about to engage in.
Now imagine if every time you chose your walkout song, the organization you're contracted to played something else. That's what happened to UFC Welterweight top contender, Rory MacDonald. MMA Fighting reports that through a snafu with a changed phone number, Rory's walkout music was being selected by an unknown fan.
"Not that I really cared. It's not the biggest deal for me. It's just music, you know. Whatever. I was kind of frustrated. It was weird. Joe Rogan was making fun of me for my music. I'm like, 'Aw man, this sucks a little bit.'"
Eventually, as MacDonald explains, the jig was up. An impromptu chat with 'Jason' the producer lead the two to figure out there was a third party there directing things in their own amusing way.
"And then one day - I can't remember what the fight was - but Jason comes up to me and he's like, 'Oh man, sorry we can't play such-and-such song.' He named the song and I was like, 'What are you talking about, man?' I think it was a Nickelback song. He's like, 'You said you wanted this song when I texted you.' I'm like, 'Dude, I never said that.'
"He's like, 'I'll show you.' He showed me and I said, 'Dude, that's my old number. Who are you talking to?' So he calls the guy and is like, 'Dude, this is not Rory MacDonald. You're faking.' He's like,' Oh yeah, I'm just a fan. I was just pretending.'"
"Ares" says the mix-up wasn't caught for a few years. As a matter of fact, it wasn't until he faced Che Mills at UFC 145 that he began to choose his own songs, and cited Rihanna and Metallica as some of the music he's picked recently.
Here's the list of his walk out music via Tapology:
UFC Entrance Songs
- UFC 170 - Metallica "Seek and Destroy"
- UFC 167 - Rihanna (ft. Calvin Harris) "We Found Love"
- UFC on Fox 5: Henderson vs Diaz - Lupe Fiasco "Lightwork"
- UFC 145 - Tupac & The Notorious B.I.G. "Runnin"
- UFC 133 - MC Hammer "U Can't Touch This"
- UFC 129 - DMX "One More Road to Cross"
- UFC 115 - Nas "I Can"
- UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard vs Diaz - Jorge Quintero "300 Violin Orchestra"