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Hierarchy of the Walkout Song

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Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images I was sure Johny Hendricks was the man to finally do it. GSP relied heavy on his takedowns, but Hendricks was a two-time NCAA wrestling champ with the skills to neutralize them. GSP had been rocked before, and when Hendricks touched dudes’ chins, they went to sleep. Hendricks calmly walked to the octagon and waited for the champ to arrive. I loved GSP, but it felt like the right time for a new champ, until “Man Ah Bad Man,” by T.O.K. happened.


All my pre-fight analysis was irrelevant, and I changed my pick on the spot. GSP knew it would take something special to keep his belt, and he was going all out. Hendricks won the fight. At least, everyone besides the judges thought so. Hendricks battered the champ for five rounds but was unable to get the finish. My theory is that “Man Ah Bad Man,” had such a profound effect on the judges that it was all they could remember. When MMA’s elite face off, the smallest detail can make the difference.


This is my breakdown of the walkout song, categorized into five tiers and presented in ascending order. Fifth Tier: The Funny Walkout With so many fighters taking themselves seriously at all times, the funny walkout song can be refreshing. The most straightforward example of this is Roy Nelson coming out to Weird Al Yankovic’s “I’m Fat.” It’s impossible not to laugh when he comes out to that, proudly rubbing his beer belly. The highbrow subset to the Funny Song is the Ironic Song. 

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