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 The clip, though, has become infamously outdated and mocked.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.