The UFC have listed the Best Walkout Songs in 2014. Avenged Sevenfold’s “Hail to the King” comes in at #3 for its use by Matt Brown at UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva.
Fighting close to home can be both a blessing and a curse, but Ohio native Matt Brown made the most of his moment when he ran to the Octagon for his fight against Erick Silva in Cincinnati, Ohio in May 2014. Brown’s former teammate and friend Rich Franklin had long reigned as the king of the Queen City by the river, but this was a chance for the former Ultimate Fighter and top five ranked welterweight to secure his spot upon the throne.
It was befitting that Brown used this track from Avenged Sevenfold for his walkout song and after he bludgeoned Silva for three rounds en route to a TKO victory, the track took on even more meaning as he walked out of the Octagon as the new king of Ohio.