The Eminem Curse!

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  1. jei

    jei Danger Zone Admin Staff Member Forum Administrator

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    Dec. 2019 Update: Welcome to those of you reading this breakdown of the "Eminem Curse" from around the world. This is Sherdog.com, a worldwide forum made up of hundreds of thousands of people to talk all things combat sports. This particular thread studies what happens when UFC fighters walk out to songs from Eminem. The most recent update on 12/2/2019 for their records while being accompanied to the cage by Eminem is 86 wins, 98 losses, 3 draws and 2 no-contests, for a total of 189 recorded uses and a winning percentage of .455. The spreadsheet is continually updated, while this particular thread and the text below is not. Thanks for reading!



    This is a culmination of my work with the UFC Entrance Music and Fight Result database that I have put together. I released a version of the Eminem Curse in 2012, but gathered a lot more data since then. As the thread was lost due to the migration, I cannot remember exactly when I posted my curse data but it was at least before July 2012. It all started with this...

    UFC 148 - Tito Ortiz - Loss - Mosh
    UFC on FX 4 - Joey Gambino - Loss - Cinderella Man
    TUF 15 Finale - Jake Ellenberger - Loss - Till I Collapse
    UFC 146 - Bigfoot Silva - Loss - Lose Yourself
    UFC on Fox 3 - Mike Massenzio - Loss - Rabbit Run
    UFC 142 - Mike Massenzio - Loss - Lose Yourself
    UFC 140 - Tito Ortiz - Loss - Cinderella Man
    UFC 135 - Cole Escovedo - Loss - Won't Back Down
    UFC 134 - Brendan Schaub - Loss - Square Dance
    UFC 133 - Tito Ortiz - Loss - Cinderella Man
    UFC 132 - Tito Ortiz - WIN - Not Afraid
    UFC 131 - Shane Carwin - Loss - Till I Collapse
    UFC 128 - Brendan Schaub - WIN - Square Dance
    UFC 121 - Tito Ortiz - Loss - Mosh
    UFC 121 - Brendan Schaub - WIN - Square Dance
    UFC 121 - Sam Stout - WIN - Go to Sleep
    UFC 116 - Kurt Pellegrino - Loss - Not Afraid
    UFC 115 - Chuck Liddell - Loss - Won't Back Down

    To those of you unfamiliar, for years, there has been speculation that UFC fighters walkout out to an Eminem song have lost. I wanted to put that curse to the test.

    There have been 189 recorded walkouts using Eminem songs so far, and this is the spreadsheet holding it all.

    Currently, the Eminem Curse stands at 86-98-3 (2 NC), with fighters using Eminem songs winning 45.5% of their fights.

    There has been one fight where two fighters used an Eminem song, and it was a very close split decision FOTN performance. They beat the brakes off of each other. It was Jeremy Stephens vs Sam Stout at UFC 133, where Stephens used the Drake song featuring Eminem called Forever, and Stout used Eminem's Go to Sleep.


    These stats accurate as of September 2016
    Eminem Curse Stats:

    Most Common Eminem Tracks:
    Till I Collapse – 17: 6 Wins, 10 Losses, 1 Draw
    Lose Yourself – 15: 4 Wins, 11 Losses
    Not Afraid – 13: 4 Wins, 9 Losses
    Cinderella Man – 12: 3 Wins, 9 Losses
    Go to Sleep – 10: 6 Wins, 4 Losses
    Mosh - 9: 4 Wins, 4 Losses, 1 Draw


    Fight Results:
    13 KOs – 4 Wins, 9 Losses
    27 TKOs – 10 Wins, 17 Losses
    26 Submissions – 11 Wins, 15 Losses
    3 Technical Submissions – 1 Win, 2 Losses
    36 Unanimous Decisions – 21 Wins, 15 Losses
    12 Split Decisions – 6 Wins, 6 Losses
    2 Draws


    Fighter Stats with Eminem:
    Tito Ortiz: 5 Wins, 6 Losses, 1 Draw
    Andrei Arlovski: 4 Wins, 3 Losses
    Sam Stout: 4 Wins, 2 Losses
    Robbie Lawler: 4 Wins, 1 Loss
    Brendan Schaub: 3 Wins, 1 Loss
    Jessica Andrade: 3 Wins, 2 Losses


    Fighters vs Eminem Songs
    Ben Saunders: 2-0 vs Eminem
    Daron Cruickshank: 2-0 vs Eminem
    Darren Elkins: 2-0 vs Eminem
    Joe Lauzon: 0-3 vs Eminem
    Ken Shamrock: 0-2 vs Eminem
    Matt Brown: 0-2 vs Eminem


    Other Bands vs Eminem Songs:
    AC/DC: 3-1 vs Eminem
    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: 2-1 vs Eminem
    Pregador Luo: 2-2 vs Eminem
    Ludacris: 2-0 vs Eminem
    Thousand Foot Krutch: 0-3 vs Eminem
     
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  2. Wizzlebiz

    Wizzlebiz Wizzlebiz is the Wizziest

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    I worked at a m&m factory but got fired for throwing out all the w's

    Holy shit the curse is real.
     
  3. Rondas Pillow

    Rondas Pillow Black Belt

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    Damn you have a lot of time on your hands.
     
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    Joe Lauzon needs to avoid Eminem at all costs.

    Nice work. Imagine a fighter on the cover of UFC, coming off a win over Frank Mir walking to the octagon to Eminem.
     
  5. cgold21

    cgold21 Purple Belt

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    I was going to talk trash about how unoriginal all this is but it looks like you might of started the whole thing awhile back and apparently you did a shit ton of work.
    So, umm...Well done, I'll be going now..
     
  6. chunglii

    chunglii No Me Duele

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    Hell to the yes. I've waited my entire life for these stats.

    Thank you.
     
  7. M Raid K

    M Raid K Black Belt

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    So while all Eminem songs are barely under 50% record, the top 4 tracks definitely should be avoided (especially the Cinderella Man).
     
  8. Mr Wings

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    "Go To Sleep" has the best record. If you have to walk out to an M and M song, that's the one.
     
  9. cOugAr_LIbRe_85

    cOugAr_LIbRe_85 Brown Belt

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    I think Tito is responsible for about 95% of those losses
     
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    Jackonfire BMF Mod Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    I love this kind of thing. Thanks for putting in the work.
     
  11. Demogoblin

    Demogoblin Black Belt

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    what about the tank abbot curse ?every fighter tank beats end up well their career ends up going from mediocre to pure shit

    tito beat wanderlei and his career never really went to shit he just got old
     
  12. NightwingBJJ

    NightwingBJJ R.I.P To The King II Long.Live.GU€RNICA

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    Damn, Eminem is my favorite rapper too. Too bad he is trash now.
     
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    Weidman Still my booooy!

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    Well, Eminem works with the devil...

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    You can only win through Christ ... and a toothpick.
     
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  14. jei

    jei Danger Zone Admin Staff Member Forum Administrator

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    I can't get on board with that one.

    Edit: I read it wrong, every fighter that Tank *beats*.
     
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    dude...
     
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    Myrddin Wild Lets enjoy our time together!

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    Bad ass stats bro!

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    Bokelj Trigger central

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  18. Queen B

    Queen B Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    Im worried about the Floyd Mayweather curse.

    Ronda called Floyd out - got murked
    Conor called Floyd out - got murked
    Ajamain called Floyd out - got murked

    Now Dominick and Nate said they want to fight Floyd.
     
  19. Breaking

    Breaking One shall stand, and one shall fall.

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    People who like to think that they are more badass than they actually are like Eminem.

    Anyone could have told you that.
     
  20. warriorscommando

    warriorscommando I will always protect you

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    Somebody has OCD:)
     
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