Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC Fight Night 115, including multiple Eminem selections

While it take 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.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 115 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, went with as their backing tracks.

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Alexander Volkov def. Stefan Struve via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:30

Alexander Volkov: “Mother Winter” by 25/17

Stefan Struve: “He’s a Pirate (Tiesto Remix)” by Klaus BadeIt

Siyar Bahadurzada def. Rob Wilkinson via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:10

Siyar Bahadurzada: “All The Way” by Fat Joe

Rob Wilkinson: “Wrist” by Logic feat. Pusha T

Marion Reneau def. Talita de Oliveira via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 4:54

Marion Reneau: “X Rated” by Excision

Talita Oliveira: “Bate Pesadao” by Pregador Luo

Leon Edwards def. Bryan Barberena via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Leon Edwards: “1942 Flows” by Meek Mill

Bryan Barberena: “Outsiders” by Eric Church

Darren Till def. Bojan Velickovic via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Darren Till: “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins

Bojan Velickovic: “Run This Town” by Jay-Z feat. Rihanna

Mairbek Taisumov def. Felipe Silva via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 1:24

Mairbek Taisumov: “Kunta Mayan” by Nasheed

Felipe Silva: “Burning Heart” by Survivor


Michel Prazeres def. Mads Burnell via submission (north-south choke) – Round 3, 1:26

Michel Prazeres: “Nego Drama (Ao Vivo)” by Racionais MC’s

Mads Burnell: “B.M.F.” by Rick Ross feat. Styles P

Rustam Khabilov def. Desmond Green via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Rustam Khabilov: “Extreme Ways” by Moby

Desmond Green: “Last Breathe” by Future

Aleksandar Rakic def. Francimar Barroso via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Aleksandar Rakic: “Ready for War” by 50 Cent

Francimar Barroso: “Go To Sleep” by Eminem

Zabit Magomedsharipov def. Mike Santiago via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:22

Zabit Magomedsharipov: “Era” by Enea Volare Mezzo

Mike Santiago: “Bantering” by Skrillex

Abdul-Kerim Edilov def. Bojan Mihajlovic via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:32

Abdul-Kerim Edilov: “Forward Ahmat” by Rizavdi Ismailov

N/A

Bojan Mihajlovic: “Love My Life” by Robbie Williams

Thibault Gouti def. Andrew Holbrook via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:28

Thibault Gouti: “Without Me” by Eminem

Andrew Holbrook: “Let’s Go (Ricky Luna Remix)” by Yelawolf & Busta Rhymes

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 115 post-event facts: A late finish, a KO streak, a rare sub and more

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The UFC’s return to the Netherlands was a hit on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 115, which took place at Ahoy Rotterdam and streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Alexander Volkov (29-6 MMA, 3-0 UFC) capped off a card that featured eight stoppages in 12 fights when he put away Stefan Struve (28-9 MMA, 12-7 UFC) with a third-round TKO to move further up the UFC heavyweight ranks.

Volkov was one of multiple fighters who earned a big finish at an event with some worthwhile footnotes. For more on the numbers behind the first of four UFC events in September, check below for 50 post-event facts about UFC Fight Night 115.

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General

Alexander Volkov

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $90,000.

Debuting fighters went 3-4 at the event.

Volkov, Struve, Mairbek Taisumov and Zabit Magomedsharipov earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 115 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 115 drew an announced attendance of 10,224 for an estimated live gate of $900,000.

Betting favorites went 11-1 on the card.

Total fight time for the 12-bout card was 2:10:46.

Main card

Alexander Volkov

Volkov’s three-fight UFC winning streak in heavyweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind champ Stipe Miocic (five) and Francis Ngannou (five).

Volkov is 5-0 since his final Bellator bout in June 2015.

Volkov has earned 22 of his 29 career victories by stoppage.

Struve fell to 1-1 in UFC main events.

Struve has suffered all six of his UFC stoppage losses by knockout.

Struve’s six fight-night bonuses for UFC heavyweight fights are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Miocic (eight), Mark Hunt (seven) and Travis Browne (seven).

Siyar Bahadurzada

Siyar Bahadurzada (23-6-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) earned consecutive victories for the first time in his UFC career.

Bahadurzada has earned six of his past seven victories by knockout.

Rob Wilkinson (11-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his 11-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Marion Reneau (8-3-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC), 40, became the oldest female fighter to earn a UFC victory.

Reneau has earned seven of her eight career victories by stoppage.

Reneau’s victory at the 4:54 mark of Round 3 marked the latest stoppage in a three-round UFC women’s bantamweight fight.

Talita Oliveira (5-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of her career.

Leon Edwards

Leon Edwards’ (14-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is tied with Santiago Ponzinibbio and Colby Covington for the second longest active streak in the division behind Kamaru Usman (five).

Edwards has earned four of his six UFC victories by decision.

Bryan Barberena (13-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) fell to 3-2 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in January 2016.

Barberena has suffered all three of his UFC losses by decision.

Preliminary card

Darren Till

Darren Till’s (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC) 16-fight undefeated streak in MMA competition is tied for fifth longest among active UFC fighters behind Khabib Nurmagomedov (24), Jimmie Rivera (20), Cris Cyborg (19) and Justin Gaethje (18).

Bojan Velickovic (15-4-1 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC) fell to 1-2-1 since he dropped to the UFC welterweight division in July 2016.

Velickovic has suffered all five of his career losses by decision.

Taisumov’s (26-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC) five-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Tony Ferguson (nine) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (seven).

Taisumov has earned 24 of his 26 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his six wins under the UFC banner.

Taisumov became the first lightweight in UFC history to earn five consecutive knockout victories.

Taisumov’s five-fight UFC stoppage streak is tied with Francis Ngannou and Miocic for longest among active fighters in the organization.

Taisumov’s five-fight UFC knockout streak is tied for second longest in UFC history behind Chuck Liddell (seven).

Taisumov’s five knockout victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Melvin Guillard (seven), Edson Barboza (six) and B.J. Penn (six).

Felipe Silva (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had his eight-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Michel Prazeres

Michel Prazeres’ (23-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) five-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Ferguson (nine) and Nurmagomedov (seven).

Prazeres became the first fighter in UFC history to earn two north-south choke submission victories. He has two of the five such finishes overall in UFC history.

Prazeres has completed 35 takedowns in his nine UFC appearances. He’s landed at least one takedown against all nine of his UFC opponents.

Mads Burnell (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Rustam Khabilov

Rustam Khabilov’s (22-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) five-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Ferguson (nine) and Nurmagomedov (seven).

Khabilov has earned six of his eight UFC victories by decision.

Aleksandar Rakic (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) extended his winning streak to nine fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since his MMA debut in October 2011.

Rakic earned the first decision victory of his career.

Zabit Magomedsharipov

Magomedsharipov (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) extended his winning streak to nine fights. He hans’t suffered a defeat since April 2013.

Magomedsharipov has earned 11 of his 13 career victories by stoppage.

Mike Santiago (19-10 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his nine-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since January 2014.

Santiago has suffered nine of his 10 carer losses by stoppage. Eight of those defeats have come by submission.

Abdul-Kerim Edilov

Abdul-Kerim Edilov (17-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) extended his career-high winning streak to 11 fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since April 2013.

Edilov has earned 16 of his 17 career victories by stoppage.

Edilov out-landed his opponent 77-1 in significant strikes.

Bojan Mihajlovic (10-6 MMA, 0-3 UFC) has suffered all three of his UFC losses by knockout.

Thibault Gouti

Thibault Gouti (12-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) snapped his three-fight losing skid for his first victory since November 2015.

Gouti has earned 10 of his 12 career victories by stoppage.

Andrew Holbrook (12-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by knockout.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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UFC-Rotterdam Athlete Outfitting pay: Stefan Struve tops payout scale despite loss

Fighters from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 113 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $90,000.

UFC Fight Night 115 took place at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The card streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way was headliner Stefan Struve (28-9 MMA, 12-7 UFC), who received $15,000 for his 19th UFC appearance, which was a third-round TKO loss to Alexander Volkov (29-6 MMA, 3-0 UFC).

The full UFC Fight Night 115 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Alexander Volkov: $2,500
def. Stefan Struve: $15,000

Siyar Bahadurzada: $2,500
def. Rob Wilkinson: $2,500

Marion Reneau: $5,000
def. Talita Oliveira: $2,500

Leon Edwards: $5,000
def. Bryan Barberena: $5,000

Darren Till: $2,500
def. Bojan Velickovic: $2,500

Mairbek Taisumov: $5,000
def. Felipe Silva: $2,500

Michel Prazeres: $5,000
def. Mads Burnell: $2,500

Rustam Khabilov: $5,000
def. Desmond Green: $2,500

Aleksandar Rakic: $2,500
def. Francimar Barroso: $5,000

Zabit Magomedsharipov: $2,500
def. Mike Santiago: $2,500

Abdul-Kerim Edilov: $2,500
def. Bojan Mihajlovic: $2,500

Thibault Gouti: $2,500
def. Andrew Holbrook: $2,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $3,865,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $14,188,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-Rotterdam results: Thibault Gouti picks up much-needed win in impressive fashion

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After suffering a pair of first-round losses during a disappointing three-fight losing streak, Frenchman Thibault Gouti extracted a measure of revenge against Andrew Holbrook by securing his own first-round TKO.

The lightweight bout kicked off the action for Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 115 event, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass from Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

It was Holbrook who was seeking a takedown early while the two went back-and-forth in the standup game, but Gouti defended well and also threatened with knees when his opponent changed levels. As they continued to strike, it was Gouti who landed a crushing high kick, sending Holbrook to the floor despite the blow being partially blocked.

Turtling on the floor, Holbrook somehow survived the early onslaught and crawled to his feet, but Gouti wasn’t done. A non-stop barrage of punches continued, and referee Neil Hall had no choice but to wave off the contest at the 4:28 mark of the first frame.

Gouti (12-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) picked up his first UFC win with the result. Holbrook (12-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) now has two consecutive defeats.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 115 results include:

  • Thibault Gouti def. Andrew Holbrook via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:28

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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In-depth main-card breakdown: 'UFC Fight Night 115: Volkov vs. Struve'

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MMAjunkie Radio cohost and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 115 main-card bouts.

UFC Fight Night 115 takes place at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and the entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.

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Alexander Volkov (28-6 MMA, 2-0 UFC)

Alexander Volkov

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’7″ Age: 28 Weight: 245 Reach: 80″
  • Last fight: Decision win over Roy Nelson (April 15, 2017)
  • Camp: Strela Team (Russia)
  • Stance/striking style: Orthodox/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Good

Supplemental info:
+ M-1 heavyweight champion
+ Bellator tournament winner
+ Kyokushin karate brown belt
+ 18 KO victories
+ 3 submission wins
+ 15 first round finishes
+ Accurate right hand
^ Coming forward and off the counter
+ Well-balanced attack/combinations
^ Often punctuates off of left side
+ Deceptively effective knees
+ Improved wrestling ability
+ Competent grappling ability
– Traditionally struggles from bottom

Stefan Struve (28-8 MMA, 12-6 UFC)

Stefan Struve

Staple info:

  • Height: 7’0″ Age: 29 Weight: 265 lbs. Reach: 84″
  • Last fight: Submission win over Daniel Omielanczuk (Oct. 8, 2016)
  • Camp: Combat Club (Florida)
  • Stance/striking style: Orthodox/Kickboxing
  • Risk management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+ Regional MMA title
+ 8 KO victories
+ 17 submission wins
+ Hard leg kicks and teeps
+ Accurate right hand
+ Improved takedown defense
^ Off the cage and in the clinch
+ Strikes well off of the breaks
+ Floats/scrambles well on top
^ Dangerous from front-headlock
+ Deceptive guard game
^ Favors triangle-choke setups
– Traditionally takes damage

Summary: Rotterdam’s main event is a heavyweight showdown between two of the tallest competitors in the organization as Alexander Volkov meets Stefan Struve.

A prospect who came up fighting for promotions such as M-1 and Bellator, Volkov now finds himself headlining his first UFC show in what will be his third appearance under the promotion’s banner. Standing in Volkov’s way is no easy task as the Russian steps behind enemy lines to face Struve.

A native of the Netherlands, Struve has since moved shop to South Florida to train under the care of Henri Hooft. Appearing to be in a mid-career renaissance after a rough couple of years, Struve has set his sights on the title; a win over a higher-ranked opponent would certainly help his case.

Starting off on the feet, we essentially have a battle between a diverse kickboxer and Dutch-style Thai boxer.

Coming from a karate background that emphasizes more on the sparring and sporting aspects (Kyokushin and Tsu Shin Gen), Volkov has done an excellent job of building a kickboxing game for MMA.

Taking more of a squared stance than traditional martial artists tend to do, Volkov opens up his offensive options from both sides as he still carries the in-and-out abilities typically associated with karate fighters. A diverse striker who is effective coming forward and off of the counter, Volkov will likely need to do both against his tallest test to date.

Coming in at 7-feet tall and tying Jon Jones for the longest reach at 84.5 inches, Struve comes in with a lot to like on paper. At his best, we have seen the Dutchman put his punches and kicks together seamlessly as he is still the only man to date who has stopped current champ Stipe Miocic.

Capable of hitting intercepting knees and punches off of the counter, Struve seems to do his best work when coming forward, something I suspect he will need to do to be victorious in this matchup. However, despite Struve’s reach and other on-paper advantages, he traditionally takes damage since defense has long been the Dutchman’s criticism.

Should Struve not show improvements to his head movement or overall defensive awareness, then he may be subject to the right hands of Volkov as the Russian is competent with it both coming forward or countering.

Where this fight’s momentum has the most potential of being shifted, is whenever these two hit the floor.

Although Volkov appears to be a competent purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, he’s arguably too comfortable fighting off of his back. Opponents who have implemented a top-heavy pursuit have typically succeeded in grappling stanzas with the Russian, or at the very least, earned enough control time to win the round.

Against Struve, Volkov faces – in my opinion – a more talented grappler in almost every phase. Despite being associated with the high-risk guard pulling and submissions he would hit early on in his career, the depth of the Dutchman’s ground game has grown even further in recent years.

Improving his wrestling and takedown defense in close spaces, Struve has shown to work well from a front headlock whether he’s setting up chokes or floating to the back. Although Volkov has also demonstrated steady improvements to his wrestling abilities and get-up game, I suspect the Russian may draw the short straw in stanzas should he get sucked into Struve’s world for long.

Heavyweight intangibles aside, this is a close fight on paper no matter how you cut it. I suggest strong caution to any gamblers looking to play this one. That said, I cannot blame the oddsmakers for opening Volkov as a slight favorite over Struve.

Even though his conservativeness on the floor forces more questions than answers, the Russian is arguably more efficient on the feet. From his accuracy and output to his overall shot selection, Volkov’s slow-burn style could serve him well on the scorecards if he gets going in a five-round affair.

But, lest we forget, Struve is no slouch in the standing department either. This recent iteration of the “Skyscraper” may end up being Volkov’s stiffest striking test to date. When feeling in stride, Struve has shown strike well in and out of breaks as he looks to land uppercuts opportunistically –– something that has traditionally troubled Volkov.

And regardless of neither man being known to shoot a double-leg, Struve has shown time and time-again that he’s only a clinch transition away from changing the terms of a fight. Ultimately, I will be siding with the fighter who I feel has more weapons to win the battle, and I see Struve making a statement by scoring a submission before the final horn.

Official pick: Struve inside the distance

Official outcome: To be determined

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