This weekend, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will make its way to Dallas for a show headlined by a catchweight match between Rich Franklin and Vitor Belfort. Watching UFC remains a favorite pastime in the Newsroom (as well as at Hayley Williams’ house), and this weekend’s card looks like it’ll be a satisfying sleeper. Franklin and Belfort are both former champions trying to re-establish themselves as contenders in a crowded field. But no matter what the tale of the tape says, everybody knows the difference between sweet victory and crushing defeat comes down to a single criterion: Who has the better entrance music?
It’s worked well for a number of fighters. Brock Lesnar used Mötley Crüe’s “Shout at the Devil” as his music in his first fight (which he lost in 90 seconds), switched to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and hasn’t lost since, becoming the heavyweight champion in the process. Chuck Liddell rode DMX’s breathless, borderline-psychotic intro to It’s Dark and Hell is Hot to a championship run, while Matt Huges has won a staggering 43 fights in his career, many with the assistance of Hank Williams, Jr.’s “A Country Boy Can Survive.”
So who will walk away as the winner of the main event Saturday night in Dallas? One would think that Belfort has a leg up, as he has a wacky custom-made theme, which is always good for bonus points. But Franklin has a hell of a counter, as he has used both Cypress Hill’s “(Rock) Superstar” (an underrated adrenaline-pumper) and AC/DC’s “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You),” easily one of the ten greatest rock songs ever written.
A good try, Vitor, but Franklin will have the power of the cannons behind him.