What Is Henry Cejudo’s Walkout Song? (The King of Cringe)

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As the king of cringe is gearing up to make his return to the UFC after a three-year hiatus, you can be sure that his entrance will be as fanatical as it could possibly be. But what’s his walkout song?

Henry Cejudo’s walkout song is The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco. He last used this song for his walkout against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 288. But he also used it for UFC 249, UFC 238, UFC Fight Night 143, and UFC 227 in the past. It’s his main walkout song of choice.

Keep scrolling to learn about the Henry Cejudo walkout song choices over his career.

The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco

Henry’s prime song choice is The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco. You can listen to it on Spotify.

I fully expect him to continue using this song for his walkout against Aljamain Sterling for UFC 288.

An interesting choice because of its uplifting vibe, so maybe Cejudo has always chosen this song because it’s simply his favorite song.

But if you dive into the lyrics of the song a little closer, there could be more to it.

The song’s meanings seem to be a lot about facing challenges where other people are trying to pull you down, but you need to lift yourself and push on.

The show goes on no matter what barriers are put in your way, and that lines up nicely with Henry Cejudo’s career.

He was a highly awarded Olympic freestyle wrestler before his MMA days, having won seven gold medals, two silver, and one bronze during his career.

That includes earning the gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 55kg weight class.

Cejudo is one fighter who has challenged himself immensely and has one hell of a record, both with freestyle wrestling and competing in the UFC.

He might be one of the shortest fighters, but his record speaks for itself — having beaten some of the very best names like Dominick Cruz, T.J. Dillashaw, Demetrious Johnson, and more.

UFC 288 (Vs. Aljamain Sterling)

Henry used his usual walkout song of The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco for his fight with Aljamain at UFC 288.

He’s nothing but dependable with his walkout songs, just like his ability to be the most cringe-worthy trash talker in the UFC’s history.

“Triple C” takes on Sterling for the Bantamweight championship belt.

UFC 249 (Vs. Dominick Cruz)

When Henry Cejudo walked out at UFC 249, he entered a quiet arena with his usual song choice of The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco.

This was one of the few shows that the UFC put on despite the new pandemic situation at the time (in 2020).

Henry was the Bantamweight champion at the time, so Cruz was entering to try and steal that belt off him.

The fight began with the usual patience of Cejudo and the fast in-out footwork of Cruz.


Henry began wearing Dominick down and attempting to slow his movement by hitting him with some heavy leg kicks — which was pretty successful.

Cejudo picked at Cruz with those leg kicks until he came in close enough to get his hands on him and use his wrestling takedowns.

But Dominick kept changing his movement patterns and making it confusing, landing a few concrete shots of his own, including calf kicks and combination strikes.

Henry remained patient for this fight and waited for the right moments to pounce with big shots.

A clash of heads in the second round caused a lot of bleeding on Henry’s forehead late in the second round.

But Henry came straight back swinging and struck Dom with a nasty knee, sending him off balance.

He followed up with a flurry of punches, and the ref called an end to the fight by TKO.

It looked like Dominick Cruz was attempting to get back to his feet during the flurry, and the ref possibly stepped in too early.

It’s a decision that Cruz hasn’t forgotten to this day.

UFC 238 (Vs. Marlon Moraes)

For UFC 238, Henry Cejudo walked out against Marlon Moraes using the song The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco.

In a title fight for the Bantamweight belt, Henry was going up against a highly dominant Moraes at the time.

In the early rounds of the fight, Moraes dominated with heavy leg kicks whenever Cejudo tried to close distance.

It forced Henry to switch his stance in the first round to avoid repeated damage to his lead leg, but Moraes continued to throw those leg kicks low, mid, and high to daze and confuse.

There wasn’t much coming from Henry early on to deal with the attacks or discourage Marlon from continuing to rip with kicks followed by swinging overhands.

As the fight progressed, Henry started changing up his game plan and began earning respect by forcing Marlon into close-quarters fisticuffs.

Marlon also started to slow down considerably, seeming to gas out in the later rounds having likely cut more weight than Henry due to his naturally larger frame and height.

This paid off for The Messenger as he grappled Marlon down against the fence late in the third round and ended up finishing him with punches for the ref to call it with only seconds left of the round.

That victory earned the champ-champ status for Cejudo as he became the Bantamweight and Flyweight champion simultaneously — the fourth fighter to ever accomplish it.

UFC Fight Night 143 (Vs. T.J. Dillashaw)

Henry entered his fight against T.J. Dillashaw with the same song; The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco.

It was a Flyweight title fight, which Cejudo entered without wasting any time.

He threw himself at T.J. with a kick to the body, then head, and dazed Dillashaw in a clash where he fell to the floor.

As T.J. attempted to get back to his feet, he was in a bad position to receive several clean blows to the head to drop him again.

Cejudo took advantage and swarmed Dillashaw on the ground until the referee called the fight over.

This was how Henry retained his Flyweight championship belt.

UFC 227 (Vs. Demetrious Johnson)

Henry walked out to UFC 227 with his favorite song; The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco.

This was a momentous event for Cejudo as he was challenging Demetrious Johnson for a second time.

Cejudo lost his first fight with Johnson just a couple of years earlier at UFC 197.

And this rematch was both fighters returning to the cage in their primes for the Flyweight championship.

Henry had the upper hand on the fight and won by the decision, having outperformed DJ in throwing heavy combos and controlling against the fence.

More walkout songs

Now you know about Henry’s walkout song choice, there are many more fighters’ musical preferences to learn about. Check out a few of them below:

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