Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC on ESPN+ 22 with Queen, Foo Fighters and bucking the Eminem Curse

While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

Inside, see what the fighters from UFC on ESPN+ 22 went with as their backing tracks in Sao Paulo.

WATCH: Jorge Masvidal’s nearly 2-hour ‘Diary Of A Street Fighter’ documentary

“The Diary of a Street Fighter” saga is complete – at least for now.

On Friday, Jorge Masvidal released a full-length, nearly two-hour documentary on his official YouTube channel.

The compilation stretches 115 minutes and gives an inside look at the day-to-day life of Masvidal (35-13 MMA, 14-7 UFC) during the lead-up to UFC 244 all the way through its aftermath.

Follow Masvidal as he reflects on his backyard fights, trains at American Top Team, goes through media obligations, plays dominoes on a private plane, meets with fans on the street, explores the bright lights of New York, geeks out having Roberto Duran by his side, partakes in the biggest fight of his life against Nate Diaz at Madison Square Garden, and celebrates his “BMF” title victory with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Check out the entire film in the video above.

Per the YouTube description, the movie was produced by “Genghis Con Films;” filmed by Isaac Kesington, Daniela Roger, and Niviana Campos; and edited by Isaac Kesington.

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Video: Check out one of the most vicious elbows you’ll ever see, courtesy of LFA’s Jose Johnson

The LFA’s debut event on UFC Fight Pass provided one of the most brutal knockouts you’ll ever see.

LFA 78 took place Friday at Bell County Expo Center in Belton, Texas, and served as the first live event for the developmental promotion on its new broadcast home.

In the night’s co-main event, bantamweight Jose Johnson (11-5) was defending a takedown from opponent Rafael Costa (11-3) and unleashed a perfectly placed elbow that sent his foe crashing face-first into the canvas, where he was motionless for several tense moments.

There was some initial concern that the elbow might have been illegal, but replays showed it was delivered with absolute perfection. More importantly, Costa made a quick recovery, as well, and left the cage under his own power.

Check out the full fight in the video above. The finishing blow is delivered just after the 2-minute mark.

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‘Why so serious?’ Watch Markus Perez channel Heath Ledger’s Joker at UFC on ESPN+ 22 weigh ins

UFC middleweight Markus Perez stole the show at the UFC on ESPN+ 22 ceremonial weigh-ins ahead of his fight this Saturday night,

Channeling his inner Joker on Friday afternoon, Perez (11-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) kept his painted face away from the crowd as he walked up the stairs. With his hood up and his hair blocking most of his face, Perez removed his shirt.

As he turned towards the crowd to get on the scale, Perez spun around and revealed an intricately crafted Joker face-paint job. The likeness didn’t stop there. Perez emulated Heath Ledger’s version of the joker on the scale, chewing and jerking his head awkwardly.

In the square-off with opponent Wellington Turman, Ledger … uhhhh … I mean, Perez only had one question.

“Why. So. Serious?”

Check out Perez’s inner Joker in the UFC on ESPN+ 22 ceremonial weigh-ins clips below:

Perez takes on UFC sophomore Turman (15-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in the main card curtain jerker. Perez has split his four UFC appearances to date. In his most recent fight at UFC on ESPN+ 2 in February, Perez submitted highly-touted debutant Anthony Hernandez by second-round anaconda choke.

UFC on ESPN22 takes place Saturday at Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo. The card streams on ESPN+.

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Oh Georgia! Ilia Topuria and Guram Kutateladze score big knockouts at Brave CF 29

MANAMA, Bahrain – It was a successful night in the office for Georgian MMA thanks to first-round knockouts for prospects Ilia Topuria and Guram Kutatladze.

Training out of Spain, 22-year-old Georgian prospect Topuria (8-0 MMA, 2-0 BCF) remained unbeaten when he took out Steven Goncalves in the first round with a big overhand right at Brave CF 29. After being stumbled by a head kick, Topuria was able to show off a bit of his ground game by ducking under for the takedown and latching onto an anaconda choke. Once both fighters made it to their feet, Topuira was able to land the one-punch knockout, adding yet another finish to his resume.

Lightweight Kutateladze (11-2 MMA, 2-0 BCF) trains out of All Stars Gym in Sweden with the likes of Alexander Gustafsson and Ilir Latifi. Hailing from Georgia, Kutateladze engaged in 44 seconds of pure violence with Felipe Silva. He was backed up against the cage and briefly dropped, but in the midst of the flurry was able to land a beautifully timed counter left hook to take out Silva for his eighth straight win.

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Mick Foley talks MMA’s influence on the art of pro wrestling, and ‘Peanut Butter Falcon’

Back in Mick Foley’s day, an armbar was primarily a move used to fill time during the beginning of a pro wrestling match. 

If someone placed Foley’s alter ego Cactus Jack in an armbar back in the 1980s, Foley would slap the mat with his free hand to register the pain, kick his legs repeatedly so the people in the cheap seats could see how the move affected him, and give the camera his best agonized grimace.

He wouldn’t do much to defend against the hold, and certainly wouldn’t submit to it. Eventually, Foley and his opponent would transition to something else, ideally before the crowd started chanting “boring.”

“People really didn’t know back then,” the WWE Hall of Famer and best-selling author told MMA Junkie. “Maybe some of the more hardcore fans did, but the people weren’t educated on something like what a real armbar looked like, so we took it and used it to fit the style of the time.”

These days? Due to mixed martial arts’ influence, a generation has grown up knowing what an armbar can do in a real fight. Thus, they know that if it is properly applied, a fighter has a window of a few seconds to come up with a line of defense, otherwise their options are to tap or snap. 

In that way, MMA has spilled over into pro wrestling. If you watch WWE or AEW these days, an armbar is a finishing maneuver, perhaps played up a bit more for dramatic effect than what you’d see in the UFC, but it’s made an impact on the art of wrestling performance all the same.

As Foley himself notes, Ronda Rousey made millions of dollars in MMA off the strength of her real-life submission skills during her pioneering UFC run, then transitioned to headlining WrestleMania in large part on the strength of her public persona as a real-life badass.

“Look at what Ronda accomplished,” Foley said. “The people these days know what’s real in a fight, and wrestling is constantly evolving and adapting, and so now you’re seeing more of that. Just look at the way wrestlers throw kicks and elbows now compared to how they used to. There are more similarities between wrestlers and fighters, and the wrestling business and MMA, than you’d think.”

That goes for the movie business, too. While Foley still has a hand in wrestling and continues to do a successful touring one-man stage show called “Have a Nice Day,” which chronicles his life’s exploits, he’s also dabbled in the film realm.

His most recent Hollywood exploit was a part in the surprise hit “Peanut Butter Falcon.” The critically acclaimed film starring Shia LeBeouf, which was recently released on Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital, resonated with audiences. It’s became 2019’s highest grossing indie film, topping the $20 million mark, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and has an approval rating of 95 percent on the website Rotten Tomatoes.

Foley plays the role of a wrestling referee in the climactic scene in which Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a 22-year old with Down syndrome, lives out his dream of doing a backyard pro wrestling match against Sam, played by another wrestling legend in Jake “The Snake” Roberts. And Foley believes the film’s success has come about due to it’s earnest and authentic tone. 

“Zack was just so genuine,” Foley said. “His character was so well thought-out and portrayed. That really shined through, and it spilled over onto everything else, and I think it resonated with people of all ages because you can tell when you’re seeing something authentic, and that’s why audiences responded as they have.”

While the Long Island native’s first love was wrestling, he’s grown to become an MMA fan over the years. Foley noted he’ll be in attendance at the PFL’s Dec. 31 championships at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, where friend and former WWE ring announcer Lilian Garcia will serve in a similar function.

Which leads to the question: Would Foley have given MMA a chance if it was a thing back in his day?

“Nah,” Foley said with a laugh. “Look, I can take punishment, and MMA fighters can take punishment, too, but they’re world-class athletes. What we do is athletic, too, but I was a performer, and that’s what I was drawn to.” 

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UFC on ESPN+ 23 official poster released: Ortega, ‘The Korean Zombie’ clash in final card of the year

A pivotal featherweight clash will round the year off on the UFC schedule.

Former title challenger Brian Ortega heads to enemy territory to take on “The Korean Zombie,” Chan Sung Jung in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 23, set to take place in Busan, South Korea.

Ortega will look to rebound from his first career loss, a December 2018 TKO at the hands of Max Holloway at UFC 231 in a failed attempt to capture the featherweight title. Prior to the loss, Ortega had finished all his UFC opponents, and he now looks to climb his way back to title contention.

Since returning from his long military service hiatus, Jung has won two of his last three bouts, both coming by the way of first-round stoppage. His lone loss in that stretch came at the hands of Yair Rodriguez, in a Hail Mary elbow knockout, a fight he was en route to winning on the judges’ scorecards.

Check out the official poster for UFC on ESPN+ 23:

The UFC on ESPN+ 23 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 5 a.m. ET)

Brian Ortega vs. Chan Sung Jung
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Aleksandar Rakic
Dooho Choi vs. Charles Jourdain
Da Un Jung vs. Mike Rodriguez
Marc-Andre Barriault vs. Jun Yong Park
Kyung Ho Kang vs. Liu Pingyuan

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN, 2 a.m. ET)

Tanner Boser vs. Ciryl Gane
Suman Mokhtarian vs. Seungwoo Choi
Dong Hyun Ma vs. Omar Morales
Alexandre Pantoja vs. Matt Schnell
Raoni Barcelos vs. Said Nurmagomedov
Amanda Lemos vs. Veronica Macedo
Heili Alateng vs. Ryan Benoit
Sabina Mazo vs. opponent TBA

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