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UFC 175: Forget ‘Roar’ and ‘Royals,’ and Smiles, Ronda Rousey’s Opponents Need Meaner Walkout Music

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Ronda Rousey / Photo courtesy UFC Facebook Page

Maybe it’s time for the female fighters battling Ronda Rousey to change their walkout music.

Alexis Davis, who lasted all but 16 seconds against the blonde Mike Tyson, came out to Lorde’s big hit, “Royals.”

And we’ll never be royals (royals).
It don’t run in our blood,
That kind of luxe just ain’t for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz.

With a sly smile on her face, Davis looked relaxed, like she was listening to her iPod on a fast-walk through the majestic mountain-scape of Canada.

The 2013 pop song may be good for fueling the populist spirit in each of us, but it didn’t work well to motivate Davis to knock the UFC’s Royal off her throne.

The truth is, Rousey isn’t a Royal either. Rousey, with her humble upbringings and no-nonsense attitude, is probably more like the romanticized star characters in the song, counting her money on the train to the party.

Rousey’s last victim, Miesha Tate came out with a smile to Katy Perry‘s “Roar,” last December.

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar

Rousey arm-barred her in the third round. (By the way, based on how fast Rousey walks through her other opponent’s, it’s clear that Tate is the No. 2 female fighter in the world, having stretched Rousey through 4 great rounds in two separate fights).

Tate, of course, was feeling the underdog spirit of the song, looking to deliver in a moment when no one thought she could pull it off. Fans didn’t quite hear Tate roar that night, but she did make a loud statement that she was the only fighter yet who appears capable of pushing Rousey to the limit.

If Tate hangs in there long enough maybe she can be Juan Manuel Marquez of Rousey’s future.

Suggestion for Cat Zingano or whomever is Rousey’s next opponent: No 2013 pop songs. Maybe get in Rousey’s head and come out with no music and no smiles. The “I am not afraid look, with the catchy pop hit playing in the background” hasn’t worked lately.

Rousey, on the other hand, has it nailed. No smile on her face. She thunders out of the locker room to Joan Jett‘s “Bad Reputation,” looking like a woman you don’t want to fight.

I don’t give a damn ’bout my reputation
You’re living in the past, it’s a new generation
A girl can do what she wants to do and that’s what I’m gonna do

Some people can hate on Rousey, but she takes her craft seriously and how can anyone not respect that. Winning in MMA isn’t easy, and Rousey looks like she knows every second could be her last, every time she steps inside the cage.

In the main event, Lyoto Machida walked out to House of Pain‘s “Jump Around,” a great choice, if only he would have taken the song literally earlier in the fight.

Machida fought two great rounds to end his battle with Chris Weidman, but it wasn’t enough after he gave up the first three rounds. Machida, with his movie-like karate moves is an exciting fighter, but he is sometimes overly methodical and waits too long to make things happen. Had he pressed the action earlier, he might have KO’d Weidman, who appeared hurt by Machida’s punches several times in the fight.

Too often successful fighters lose their hunger toward the middle and latter stages of their career. Had Machida made rounds one and two like rounds four and five, anything could have happened. He certainly had the Las Vegas crowd behind him.

Weidman, who destroyed Anderson Silva twice, came out to Tom Petty‘s “I Won’t Back Down.”

Weidman, who looks more like he should be a quarterback in the NFL than the UFC middleweight champion of the world, has Rousey-like hunger, which got him through last night’s fight.

Well I won’t back down, no I won’t back down
You could stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won’t back down

Gonna stand my ground, won’t be turned around
And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down
Gonna stand my ground and I won’t back down

Weidman pushed the action early and demonstrated that he wanted to fight. He didn’t want to counter-punch is way to the win like Machida. Once Machida started to land, Weidman did not back down, taking shots that would have dropped some other guys.

Weidman isn’t the most exciting fighter in the world; he’s just really strong at wrestling, striking, defense and conditioning. He’s working hard to win and anyone who expects to beat him will have to fight five full rounds to do it.

Truth be told, songs and walkout music don’t really matter, but attitude does. Act like you are about to chill out rocking to your favorite music on your iPod and you might get TKO’d in 16 seconds. Act like a madwoman about to defend your title at all costs, you might come out victorious.