Over the weekend, UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva defended his crown against number one contender Chael Sonnen in arguably the most anticipated rematch in the history of the sport. Defeating Sonnen by TKO in the 2nd round following a ferocious knee to the solar plexus, it marked Silva’s 10th consecutive title defense, further solidifying his place as the pound for pound greatest fighter in the world. As the fastest growing sport in the world, MMA has already begun to infiltrate the hip-hop world, with mentions of fighters popping up more and more frequently. With that said, take a look at 10 MMA Fighters Referenced in Rap Lyrics — XXL Staff

Joe Budden "Somethin' To Ride To," Mood Muzik Vol. 4 (2010)


"Now they mad at me, I keep going hard, reppin' / Cause what's a rampage to Rashad Evans?"

Chris Webby "Raising The Bar,"

Anderson Silva

"The booth is like my Octagon, you don't wanna enter this / I'm Anderson Silva, so step in here you're getting leveled quick."

Common "Gladiator," Universal Mind Control (2008)


"The dark knight to spark mics and start fights / The warrior archetype like Kimbo Slice"

Ghostface Killah "Mean Streets," Only Built For Cuban Linx... Pt. 2 (2009)


"Toney Starks from the octagon, my ox is on / Snap Matt Hughes’ neck with my boxers on"

Mac Lethal "Pancake Rap," (2011)


"I wish that he was man enough to get inside the octagon, I’d kick him in the noggin like I’m Lyoto Machida / front kick to the face just by me throwin my feet up"

Joe Budden "Get No Younger," Mood Muzik 3 (2009)


"Now look, I’m in that 550, feelin' like Chuck Liddell / Aside from Rampage Jackson it’s fuck the world"

Action Bronson "Time For Some," Well Done (2011)


"Queens representative, dismember your gentials / Now you got a pussy fuckin with the general / Bas Rutten, I’m mass bootin, I’m past shootin’, display fast movements"

Vinnie Paz "Kublai Klan," Visions of Ghandi (2003)

Royce Gracie

“God hates me never keep my banger on safety / My mother raised me alone, you can’t break me / My heart’s pumpin’ the blood of Royce Gracie.”

Lloyd Banks "Home Sweet Home," The Hunger for More 2 (2010)


"Pitbull, I bit my way out the cage, what’s happenin? / Competition got me on the rampage, Jackson"

Akrobatik "Always bet on AK," Balance (2003)


"Who ever thought this young brother from Dorchestor would come to be the next big thing, like Brock Lesnar?"