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On Saturday night the gladiator is no more!

Everyone was pretty excited when Dana White announced that 2012 would bring us not only the end of the world, but the end of Gladiator Dude and the dulcet tones of Stemm’s “Bring the Pain.” Then UFC 142 happened, and it looked a lot like UFC 141, UFC 140, and every other event from the past 6 years. Not that I’m complaining too much. Thus far ‘positive’ production change has involved replacing prelim fights with sportsdesk ka-ka. Because people watching sports want less sports and more not-sports. At least this sounds positive:

The UFC will debut a new 60-second opening for its pay-per-view events at this weekend’s “UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit” show in Las Vegas. It’ll replace the one that’s been in use for nearly a decade.

The segment, which was produced by the digital-production company Digital Domain (and sister company Mothership), features highlights from 18 of the UFC’s most iconic fights.

For years, the UFC has used an opening spot that features a gladiator suiting up for battle. The clip, though, has become infamously outdated and mocked.

According to a release, Digital Domain created the one-minute spot to encompass all eras of the UFC. Fights clips will combine archival footage with “entirely imagined backgrounds” that are meant to show the evolution of the sport. Additionally, the score was created by famed film producer and music producer Hans Zimmer through his company, 14th St. Music.

BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHM! Oh yeah, they got the guy from Inception, so we can expect 400 tubas playing a low C note to visuals of Anderson Silva front kicking people in outer space. Whatever it is, I hope it’s good because based on the UFC’s glacial pace of change, it might be what we’re stuck with until the year 2020.

  • BearCavalry

    I really hope it features a space marine suiting up for battle or something equally insane.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Everything from Thelma and Lousie and Driving Miss Daisy to Batman and Gladiator, but you go to Inception.

    Seriously, this sounds neat and I’m looking forward to seeing the pyro fighting intro.  I doubt it’ll be as good as the Showtime one, but I’m still looking forward to the change.

  • frickshun

    I’m scared of change.

  • Reverend Clint

    your jewish… you love change

  • iamphoenix


  • P W

    Why can’t they just go with a blue computer animated robot smashing a red computer animated robot? A timeless classic!

  • frickshun

    Correction: I’m scared of losing change.

  • glassjawsh

    clint made my mouth bleed laughter

  • Blackula Jonez

    Lol DJ TE, I too am surprised that all Ryan associates Zimmer with is Inception. Its like calling John Williams the Crystal Skull guy.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Not for nothing, while I actually liked that music, my mind is permanently engraved with this:


  • frickshun

    Hey fellas…..spare some change?

  • DJ ThunderElbows


  • Spicoli

    Hans Zimmer is like the best score person ever.

  • Reverend Clint

    but can he score frick some change?

  • fightlinker

    Hans Zimmer does nothing but incidental tuba-duba fwomping nowadays. THUMBS DOWN

  • frickshun

    They should have the Gorillaz do the score. I love the opening of Plastic Beach.

  • Blackula Jonez

    Or Daft Punk, I was suprised as hell with their work on Tron Legacy.

  • frickshun

    You know how I know you’re white? You watched Tron Legacy.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Tron legacy was beautiful; cat named Vyle did most of the concept art for it.  The script wasn’t very strong, but I didn’t care.  It was purty and had a Daft soundtrack. 

  • iamphoenix

    tron doesn’t have light sabers so i didn’t watch it.

  • noiseless

    walt disney was a naysee.

  • G Funk

    tHE Return of awesome comments!

  • Blackula Jonez

    Lol frick, Tyler Perry doesn’t make high end sci fi flicks, I have to get my fix from somewhere.