Ken Stone, who won via submission, walked out to the Prodigy song, “Smack My Bitch Up.” The song repeats two lines, “Smack my bitch up, change my pitch up.” When it was released in 1997, it was protested by women’s groups as condoning violence towards women. MTV only allowed the song to be played late at night, and Wal-Mart and K-Mart pulled the CD from its stores. Prodigy released a statement that the song was not about violence, but that’s not apparent from its lyrics.
The next bad decision was when Matt Riddle walked out to the Scorpions song, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” In most cities, it’s the perfect song to walk out to, but these fights took place in New Orleans. That’s a city that was literally rocked by a hurricane in 2005. Hurricane Katrina’s effects are still being felt in New Orleans, as they struggle to restore their population and status as a tourist destination to pre-Katrina levels.
Eeeeh, I rate that Prodigy song controversy a 2/10 on my Controversy meter. Was that the best we could do? Didn’t someone else have a song with the N-word in it or something? That’d score a 5 or 6, especially if it was some white fighter with bad taste in rap. I’m on board the ‘WTF Riddle?’ train though. Perhaps the UFC should take a note from Clear Channel, who created a big list of playlist no-nos following 9/11 that included songs such as Leaving on a Jetplane and that Biggie joint where he’s blowin’ up like tha World Trade. Or maybe we could not be gigantic pussies. Maybe. Possibly? Okay, probably not. Sigh.