“We’d Have Parties at My House”- Robert Trujillo From Metallica Talks About How He Got Into the UFC

Published 11/27/2021, 1:20 PM EST
NAPA, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 04: Robert Trujillo of Metallica attends his sons performance in the band OTTTO performing on Day 2 of BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival at Napa Valley Expo on September 04, 2021 in Napa, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images )


We know Metallica to be one of the most influential bands of all time. The heavy metal legends have been entertaining the world for decades and continue to do so. For their iconic songs and albums, Metallica has won 8 Grammy awards. Their songs “Enter Sandman” and “Nothing Else Matters” have been extremely successful for them. Their current members consist of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo.

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James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich formed the band back in 1981 in Los Angeles. Metallica had the most success in the 1990s and the early 2000s. Around this time, they released award-winning albums and also gained most of their fanbase. During this time, the UFC was also founded and was gaining popularity slowly in the 1990s.

In a recent interview with MMAJunkie, Metallica’s current bassist Robert Trujillo showed his love for combat sports. Robert Trujillo said that he started watching UFC from their early days. The bassist also claimed to be a big boxing fan.

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“You know, back in the 90s, probably mid-90s or so. When UFC started kicking off, or MMA started kicking off. We used to do the pay-per-view, and we’d have parties at my house. And it was just so exciting at the time. There were no rules, really. I mean, yeah, okay, you couldn’t eye gouge or anything. But almost everything was a go,” said Robert Trujillo.

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“You would see you know Karate versus you know obviously Jiu-Jitsu. And then boxers fighting Kung Fu artists and it, you know it was just really kind of a mixture of all the different fight styles…That got really really interesting,” he added. 

Metallica to perform at Trilla’s Triad Combat

The legendary band has agreed to perform at Triller Fight Club’s upcoming event this weekend. Triad combat will feature a new and exciting concept which combines MMA and Boxing. The cage featured will be in the shape of a triangle, to ensure fighters have nowhere to run. 

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To make things more interesting, the fighters will not be allowed to throw any kind of leg kicks, or put their opponent in a chokehold. Fans can expect violence and knockouts, owing to the rules of the event. To cap off this exciting affair, Metallica will perform at the end of the night. 

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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