Dana White saves UFC from Usher, vetoes pretentious Anderson Silva walkout song change

Dana White, the sometimes seemingly insensitive President of the UFC, reminded the MMA world that he cares about the sport recently, when he barred Anderson Silva from using a new walkout song performed by his close friend Usher.  Usher, a confident judge on the mass-marketed television show The Voice, had been working with Brazilian gospel rapper Pregador Luo on what would have no doubt been a completely unfamiliar and horribly misconceived pop/rap/gospel mash-up of sorts.  More importantly, the pompous in-studio venture might have ruined the air surrounding the highly-anticipated main event at UFC 183.

“Ask Dana,” Silva explained.  “Every time that I talk about changing my song, he says no. Pregador Luo (Preacher Luo, in the translation) was working with Usher, who is my personal friend, in a new song but it seems that Dana doesn’t want me to change, so we won’t change.”

Thankfully, Silva will be forced to use “Ain’t No Sunshine,” a classic song performed by DMX, who is a talented musician.  The song has come to define Anderson’s career.  And unless Usher intended to dance a bit in the Spider’s corner, it is difficult to imagine how he expected his weird collaboration to function as an improvement.  Even for a televised judge of elite karaoke singers, his lack of foresight is surprising.

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