Why Holly Holm changed her UFC walkout music to Led Zeppelin
Holly Holm’s octagon entrance last time she fought wasn’t the same. She had a different walkout song in June at UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore, and it was a pretty big change.
“I guess 2016 was kind of just a rough go of a year,” Holm said. “And I had three losses, and I thought, you know, my dad goes, ‘Maybe you should just get a whole different [song].’ Not that a song makes a difference, but let’s just have a new start, a new beginning. … Why not just pick a new walkout song and get a different thing going here?”
As Holm went about selecting her new tune, she reflected on the fact that much of her family was not going to be able to make it halfway around the world to Singapore Indoor Stadium for the bout, so she wanted to pick a song which would remind her of home and family.
That’s where Led Zeppelin came in – a band she and her brother listened to quite a bit growing up.
“I started thinking, it was the first fight that both of my brothers haven’t been at in a long time, and they’ve always been my biggest fan since I was young,” Holm said. “We always used to listen to Led Zeppelin on the way to school – Zeppelin or The Beastie Boys. So I thought, ‘You know what, I’m going to listen to some Led Zeppelin.’ It was the song we listened to to get pumped up and go out and basically make a mess of things and cause some trouble.”