Dwayne Johnson Reacts to UFC Playing His Music After Israel Adesanya’s Win at UFC 263

Published 06/13/2021, 8:45 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson presents the BMF Belt during the UFC 244 event at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Israel Adesanya managed to hold on to his Middleweight Championship at UFC 263 after outclassing Marvin Vettori in a match where he showed his flawless nature as a fighter. What caught everyone’s attention was his use of music after the fight which was the theme song of WWE legend Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

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After his victory speech, Adesanya celebrated to “Electrifying” which happens to be the former WWE Champion’s iconic entrance music. In a recent post on Instagram, Johnson congratulated him for the successful defence and joked about the use of his theme music. 

‘The Brahma Bull’ joked that he wasn’t aware of his music being used. “You’re right I did NOT know about this, but I appreciate the love and congratulations on your win,” he wrote. “Keep raising the bar and changing the game.” 

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Israel Adesanya stuck to his precision against Marvin Vettori

The UFC Middleweight Champion showed the world exactly why he was at that position. Defending against a confident Marvin Vettori, Adesanya stayed fixed to his game plan and did not let his opponent rest with continuous calf and thigh kicks. 

Vettori did managed to stifle Israel early by catching his leg and going for the takedown, but did not manage to hold it. Sensing the dominant strategy of the challenger, Israel successfully evaded every other takedown attempt and glided through the rounds, scoring victories with his precision and patience.

Unsuccessful takedowns cost Vettori dearly in energy and he could not go in for the kill as a result. Adesanya used the cage to his advantage several times, backing into it to prevent a takedown. The effective counter measure kept Vettori at bay the entire time. 

Running down the clock, the challenger could not keep up with the blows and couldn’t take the risk to dare into a reach because of Adesanya’s speed. It was a comfortable win for the Champion, who remained patient throughout the duel. 

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is not the first to have his theme song used

WWE theme songs are commonly used in other sports for entrances. For his fight against Robbie Lawler at UFC Newark, Colby Covington entered to Kurt Angle’s iconic music. 

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Apart from that, English Premier League team Arsenal also occasionally walk out to famous WWE themes for half time shows. The likes of John Cena’s ‘The Time is Now’ and Triple H’s ‘The Game’ have been heard playing as the Gunners make their way out for the second half of play. 

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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