The ordering process for Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-views has changed: UFC 242 is only available on ESPN+ in the U.S.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to Abu Dhabi on Saturday as the promotion took over Du Arena for UFC 242. Headlining the marquee was the lightweight world championship between the division’s king Khabib Nurmagomedov and challenger Dustin Poirier. The fighters certainly didn’t disappoint, both inside the Octagon and with their walkout music.
“The Eagle” strolled out confidently to the cage to defend his 155-pound crown to Sabine Kors’ “Dagestan” anthem, paying tribute to his country. Poirier didn’t live up to his family name by going with either King Diamond or Neil Diamond; rather, he opted to use “The Boss” by the late, great James Brown.
Other standout tracks of the night were the “Mortal Kombat Theme Song” from heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes; Eurythmics’ excellent “Sweet Dreams” (Diego Ferreira); Matthew Wilder’s catchy “Break My Stride” (Joanna Calderwood); and Lerone Murphy went with the classic “Ambitionz as a Ridah” from hip-hop legend 2Pac.
UFC 242 Walkout Tracks:Khabib Nurmagomedov: Sabine Kors | “Dagestan”
Dustin Poirier: James Brown | “The Boss”
Edson Barboza: MP Michael Puga | “Vim, Vivi, Venci”
Paul Felder: Boyz II Men / Panic! At the Disco | “Motownphilly” / “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”
Islam Makhachev: Saad Lamjarred | “Ghaltana”
Davi Ramos: Eminem | “Till I Collapse”
Curtis Blaydes: “Mortal Kombat Theme Song”
Shamil Abdurakhimov: Youth of Dagestan | “Alugho”
Mairbek Taisumov: Nasheed | “Kunta Maytan”
Diego Ferreira: Eurythmics | “Sweet Dreams”
Joanne Calderwood: Matthew Wilder | “Break My Stride”
Andrea Lee: Carroll Baker | “One Bad Bitch”
Zubaira Tukhugov: Salzha G1ala | “Ivan the Terrible”
Lerone Murphy: 2Pac | “Ambitionz As a Ridah”
Liana Jojua: Dato Kenchiashvili da Ansambli Taoba | “Daukarit Rom Dzvel Xanjals”
Sarah Moras: Borgore | “Decisions”
Ottman Azaitar | “Moroccan National Anthem with Words”
Teemu Packalen: Robin feat. Elastinen | “Kipinan Hetki”
Belal Muhammad: Mohammed Assaf | “Dammi Falastini (My Blood is Palestinian)”
Takashi Sato: Susumu Hirasawa | “Oh Ashes/Ash King”
Nordine Taleb: Wiz Khalifa | “Go Hard or Go Home”
Muslim Salikhov: 2Pac | “Uppercut”
Omari Akhmedov: Ash | “Mosaique”
Zak Cummings: Brantley Gilbert | “Kick it in the Sticks”
Don Madge: A$AP Mob | “Money Man”
Fares Ziam: Lacrim feat. Rick Ross | “Never Personal”