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UFC leaks opening video package for UFC 196 featuring rapper DMX

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has released a video teaser for its UFC 196 promo featuring a voiceover from rapper DMX.

With video highlights from the fights of Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, Holly Holm and Miesha Tate, the distinct gravelly voice of DMX narrates the showdowns headlining tomorrow night's (Sat., March 5, 2016) card in Las Vegas, Nevada:

"Sometimes, when a man sets out to make history, destiny intervenes and a fight comes together that defies reason and captivates the imagination. Tonight, two fighters who don't care about weight classes will throw down in a matchup of nastiness and raw aggression. But first, an undefeated world champion who stopped the unstoppable Ronda Rousey faces the former champ looking to make history of her own. And then, in the main event the UFC featherweight king, an Irish superstar who ended a legend's 10-year unbeaten run with a 13 second knockout meets a top lightweight contender, an authentic badass who backs down from no one. Two fighters competing for the most coveted title in women's combat sports and a fight that breaks every rule in the book but makes all the sense in the world. A fight that is pure, primal, perfect."

DMX, also known as Earl Simmons, has been rapping since 1991, making his breakout in the mid-nineties with Def Jam records and his single "Get At Me Dog". In 1998 his second album Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, where it remained for three consecutive weeks.

Several fighters have used his music to make their walk out to the Octagon over the years (most notably and recently Luke Rockhold walked out to "The Rain" before defeating Chris Weidman) and now it would appear his relationship with the UFC has moved to the next level. Which is good because this card could always use more cowbell DMX.

For continuous coverage of the entire UFC 196 fight card, including live updates and play-by-play, click here.

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