UFC Announces Death of Gladiator Man

UFC President Dana White revealed during the UFC on Fox press conference that the “Gladiator Man” intro for PPV cards is being changed. According to MMA Mania:

The UFC gladiator intro is no more, according to promotion president Dana White, who said in the Aug. 18 press conference with FOX that “We’re gonna change everything, graphics, show openings for pay-per-views and fight nights. We’re going to enhance the look and feel. The gladiator (PPV) opening is going away.”

Sure, many if not most fans of the UFC wondered why this move had not been made years ago, but now that he has been publicly executed, many in the twittersphere are sharing their fondest recollections of our dearly departed Wurriur:

@jordanbreen: What are your favorite Gladiator Man memories? I always liked when he rubbed the sand between his hands to up the grip on his sword.

@kenfoss1: The way he tightened those straps… so sassy

@archcam: I liked the part where he was a gladiator.

@ArronHogg: his anonymity and the fact he will forever be known as Gladiator Man.

@maggiehendricks: I liked the walking.

@UhKnowThis: i will never forget when he was enveloped by fake sunlight. rip me into pieces :(

@ChuckMindenhall: I liked when he stepped into the tunnel and got preparedeth for battle.

@VakAttack: I’ll miss his musk.

Ever notice that when someone who nobody really likes dies, people still always find tons of nice things to say about him? For me, Gladiator Man simply represented one last opportunity to check my email or be a smartass to others before the event started. This of course leaves us wondering what the new intro will be. My vote goes to a montage of the chef from Hell’s Kitchen chopping up former UFC fighters whose services are no longer needed, but MMA Junkie’s John Morgan has another appealing idea:

Dana says PPV look will be updated, including show intros. Robots dressing up as gladiators, perhaps?

Although it was not explicitly mentioned during the press conference, one hopes the musical component of the intro, “Face the Pain” by Stemm, will also be replaced; the musical montage for the new TUF promo consisted of Metallica and Eminem. Yay, we’ve gone from 2002 to 2008 musically. And now Stemm can quit complaining that they only got paid fifty bucks and a case of Mickey’s Malt Liquor for a song that the UFC has literally played a bazillion jillion googlevermillion times.

  • scissors61

    Good.Fucking.Riddance. 

  • glassjawsh

    if you made up the twitter posts good on ya.

    if not, i hope that scary black man from the forums (the one with the sneakers) “inverted doggystyle-to cornhole munch” flips you.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    It looks like I’ll have to go back to insulting the shitty faux-tribal/kanji tats that epitomize MMA douchechismo instead of my beloved RIP IT INTO PIECES mockery.

    This is ‘goodbye’ RIP IT INTO PIECES you will be missed ironically.

  • scissors61

    thunder’s heart got ripped into pieces. i’ll be here if you need someone to face the pain with, buddy 

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I’ve never felt so alone.  Will … *sniff* will you bring the pain, Mr. Cannibal?

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble

    This is is a fucking disgrace. Change the music but keep the gladiator.

  • scissors61

    I’ll bring the pain DJ, always and forever 

  • iamphoenix

    Like a fox nfl robot? People want him to die so having a ufc robot gladioter would be dumb.

  • Reverend Clint

    i want a guy doing PEDS… more realistic

  • iamphoenix

    Wait a minute….who the fuck is dick? Im so confused…whats going on…what year is this?

  • frickshun

    Turns out Gladiator’s real name is “Wilfred.”

  • Reverend Clint

    actually willard.. scott

  • Blackula Jonez

    My middle name is Wilfred, after my grandfather who ironically was a trumpet player in a jazz band.

  • frickshun

    ^^BWAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAAHAAHAHAHAHAAA!!

    That right there is easily the funniest thing I’ve ever heard from Jazz Band Player-ula Jonez!!

  • Blackula Jonez

    Then it was worth it, because my grandfater is a carpenter and pastor of a church in St. Thomas.

     

    Don’t think he was ever in a jazz band lol.

  • G Funk

    I knew you were island folk.

  • Blackula Jonez

    What made you think that lol. Me and the other grandchildren are the first generation to mostly be born in the continental U.S.

     

    But back to the main topic, can someone look at the schedule and find out what event will have Gladiator Man and that god awful song. In a weird way I think we will eventually miss it.

     

    And with the fox deal, will TUF newbs now be seen as seasoned vets in the face of all the new fans who will be getting into the sport? Imagine having to explain to people what Pride and the WEC were, not to mention trying to convince someone that Fedor Emelianenko was at one point and time considered the finest fighter to ever compete…despite never fighting in the UFC even once.

  • glassjawsh

    ^ i think we can all take comfort in knowing that the UFC fanbase couldn’t possibly get any stupider than it already is

  • glassjawsh

    ^ i think we can all take comfort in knowing that the UFC fanbase couldn’t possibly get any stupider than it already is

  • iamphoenix

    I want to be the first one to call someone a Fox noob

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Yes Jawsh, they couldn’t possibly get stupider than being unable to operate a form submission button.

    Fenix and Midnight make a good point I never even considered.  The new level of nubes are gonna drastically change the scene just like you douchebags did.  I’m pretty tolerant of you worthless seminal deposits, but I’m sure the uptight scenesters like Rod are gonna be really bitchy about it.

    Should be fun.

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