Kyle Watson, a fighter in the UFC and a former cast-member of The Ultimate Fighter, is stepping outside the Octagon to take on a member of A Band of Orcs, a metal band, in a contest for UFC on FOX 1: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos.
Watson will go head-to-head with Gronk! in picking the winners of the fights Saturday night for the card. Fans should head to Metal-Rules.com’s Facebook page to enter the contest, with winners receiving a copy of the band’s new album (“WarChiefs of the Apocalypse”) and a T-shirt.
“The band name is ‘A Band of Orcs’ and the album is ‘WarChiefs of the Apocalypse.’ I listen to some heavy metal and just had Zoltan Bathory from Five Finger Death Punch in my gym training,” said Watson, in an exclusive interview with Five Ounces of Pain. “I got to go backstage to their show and hang out on the tour bus, which was pretty cool.”
After releasing their debut album “Warchiefs of the Apocalypse”, A Band of Orcs has been busy writing material and preparing for their follow up album which will be recorded with Juan Urteaga who just engineered the latest release by metal titans Machine Head. The Orcs are also looking to change the way the music industry operates with their latest Kickstarter Campaign – this allows fans to donate to the recording of the new album, and in turn they will receive merchandise from the band.
As for his personal music taste, Watson is a very diverse individual, saying, “I usually listen to some heavier rock and a little rap and hip hop. I think the oldest stuff I listen to is em>Rage Against the Machine. I usually listen to the newer stuff. I’m not really into the death metal, but some of the heavier stuff is cool. When working out, I have a mix when guys are training and it’s usually just a blend of stuff.”
Regarding the contest, Watson will have to pick a winner in tonight’s Cain Velasquez-Junior dos Santos battle for the UFC heavyweight title, saying, “It’s an interesting match-up. I think both guys are very dangerous. I see it going Velasquez’ way. Both guys have power and are explosive and we haven’t seen muh out of JDS on his back, and that’s where I think Cain will put him. I don’t think this one goes the distance and I think we’ll see a TKO for Cain.”