There are a lot of things to worry about when you're a professional fighter - technique, diet, press obligations, training, and oh yeah, that other guy who's planning to physically destroy you in public. But beyond the hard work and daily strain that goes into fight camp, every fighter dreams of the moment when they can finally walk into the arena and take care of business.
And with that in mind, most fighters also take their walkout song pretty seriously. Throughout MMA history some of the greatest fighters in the world have chosen some pretty iconic tracks to make that long trek to the cage to. A great entrance not only leaves a lasting mark in the minds of fans, it also helps the fighters themselves get into the right frame of mind for the stressful task at hand.
In terms of pure entertainment, it's hard to beat Jason "Mayhem" Miller's entrances. Here is Mayhem coming out to Boys Noize's 'Lava Lava' in 2009's Dream 9 event.
From Anderson Silva's celebrated use of DMX's 'Ain't No Sunshine' in the UFC to Fedor Emelianko's famed walkouts to Era's 'Enae Volare Mezzo' in Pride, some songs have just become synonymous with a fighter's aura and their martial arts style. Similarly, the fighters at this weekend's ONE FC: Ascent To Power at the Singapore Indoor Stadium are also looking to make an impression with their walkouts.
We asked some of the main card fighters on the forthcoming ONE FC show, including Evolve MMA's Singaporean brother-sister combo Angela Lee and Christian Lee, to name us their ideal walkout music. Here's what they picked.
Singaporean female mixed martial arts standout Angela Lee is on a hot streak after making her stunning debut last year, boasting an undefeated professional record of 5-0. The 19-year-old "Unstoppable" Evolve MMA prodigy will be challenging Japan’s Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi (15-8-1) for the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship this Friday.
Walkout Song: The Script - 'Hall of Fame'
"I just love the meaning behind it!"
That last name isn't a coincidence. Christian Lee (3-0) is actually Angela Lee's younger brother and they'll be looking to make it a historic night for their family this weekend. The 17-year-old featherweight prospect fights a vastly more experienced Filipino fighter named Cary Bullos (7-3) but raw talent and home field advantage should give him an edge.
Walkout Song: Fort Minor - 'Remember the Name'
"I chose this one because I want people to notice me in the cage and remember my name. I am set to make history."
Seasoned MMA veteran Kotetsu “No Face” Boku (24-10) is the former ONE Lightweight World Champion, with more than 30 professional fights on his fight resume. The dynamic striker is set to take on fellow former champion Narantungalag Jadambaa (10-4) in what promises to be a spectacular, crowd-pleasing affair.
Everton Blender - 'Ghetto People Song'
"I pick songs which is compact but upbeat so I can keep up the energy from walk out until I enter the cage!"
ONE Fighting Championship: ASCENT TO POWER takes place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, 6 May. Click here for more details.