ByKel Dansby, writer at
Kel Dansby

At the top, UFC 209 features a pair of well-matched title fights. Tyron Woodley and Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson look to bring a definitive close to their title narrative. A majority draw left a bad mouth in the taste of both fighters and they'll receive another chance to prove who's unequivocally the best welterweight in the world.

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson are also in pursuit of UFC gold. The two will do battle for a chance to hold the interim UFC lightweight title and a shot at the "The Notorious" Conor McGregor.

In anticipation of an amazing night of fights, we've put together a playlist to describe each of the four fighters.


Tyron Woodley

1. Megadeath - Chosen Ones

Tyron Woodley's nickname is the "Chosen One" and there's no better way to describe his title reign. His right hand has led him to the top of the division and he's hoping it leads him to victory at UFC 209.

2. St. Lunatics - Midwest Swing

Woodley is a native of Ferguson, Missouri. In honor of his hometown, we've decided to throw in the St. Lunatics from neighboring city St. Louis.

3. James Brown - Say it Loud, I'm Black & I'm Proud

Woodley has used his platform to point out the problems with MMA and race. Agree or not, he's stood behind his message and brought the idea of race issues to the mainstream.

4. Queen - Under Pressure

Many people feel Tyron Woodley lost the first matchup at UFC 205, and a majority draw was indicative of the tough battle. Woodley is now under more pressure to prove that the first fight shouldn't have been that close and that he's the superior fighter.

Stephen Thompson

5. Tenacious D - Wonderboy

Tenacious D provides the perfect soundtrack for Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson. Don't be surprised to see this as the soundtrack for many YouTube highlights if/when Thompson wins.

6. Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting

Thompson is known for his karate fighting style and his stellar kickboxing record is proof of his striking skills. He's brought those tools into the UFC and it has propelled him to a title opportunity.

7. PARMALEE - Carolina

"Wonderboy" continues to live in his hometown of Simpsonville, South Carolina. Thompson teaches karate classes at his gym in Simpsonville and is still cornered by his father, Ray Thompson.

8. Notorious B.I.G. - Kick in the Door

We'd be remiss if we didn't add Biggie's "Kick in the door" to a playlist for one of MMA's best kickers. Thompson's kicks not only keep range during a fight, but also finish opponents.


Khabib Nurmagomedov

9. Seal - Fly Like an Eagle

Notice a trend? Nurmagomedov 's nickname is "The Eagle" and he stalks his opponents like a bird of prey. Coincidentally, a softer song fits Nurmagomedov's personality, as he prefers to let his actions do the talking.

10. Rihanna - Russian Roulette

Khabib Nurmagomedov is the highest ranked Russian fighter in the UFC.

He takes great pride in being Russian and hopes to raise the profile of other fighters from his country.

11. Dragon Force - Operation Ground and Pound

Nurmagomedov's Sambo wrestling style is a thing of legend in MMA. He's used the style to amass an unblemished record and punish his opponents on the mat.

12. Kamaiyah - Break You Down

Along the same lines, Khabib's style doesn't revolve around flashy finishes. He prefers to prolong their suffering and assert his dominance throughout the rounds.

Tony Ferguson

13. Mos Def - The Boogie Man Song

Again, we have a nickname based song on our playlist. The "El Cucuy" nickname translates into the Boogeyman, and Ferguson has given many fighters nightmares.

14. Roby Fayer - Ready To Fight

Tony Ferguson has had to run the gauntlet of the lightweight division to earn his shot at the title. He hasn't been gifted a chance at the belt, he's earned it through countless fights with top ranked fighters.

15. Fed Gang - Stunna Shades

If you've seen an interview featuring "El Cucuy" the chance is you've seen him wearing his trademark sunglasses. The "cool guy" glasses, or "Stunna Shades," match his persona outside of the Octagon.

16. Solange - T.O.N.Y

Ferguson's name gets a shoutout on our list because it's one that isn't known by the casual fan. With a win over Nurmagomedov and a future matchup with Conor McGregor, he has the chance to make himself a household name.


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