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MMA DVD Review : UFC Ultimate Knockouts 9

November 6, 2011

DVD Reviewed by Steven Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, its time to start looking at the latest releases that can appeal to the MMA fan on your list, and the first of such releases is the latest in the UFC Ultimate Knockouts DVD & Blu Ray series, this installment being Volume 9, hitting shelves on November 8th.

Much like the other releases in this series, the DVD checks in with a 93 minute run time and features the latest in high profile knockouts from UFC battles that took place over the past year.

As the tag line on the DVD`s back cover says, nothing puts an exclamation mark on a fight like a great knockout, especially when your least expecting it. This was the case in Anderson Silva vs Vitor Belfot fight from UFC 126, It was the crane kick to the head heard around the world which would later spawn Lyoto Machida`s similar finish on Randy Couture at UFC 129. To say the least I have always been a big fan of the knockout, and honestly regardless of the type of UFC fan you are who doesnt like a good knockout every once in a while?

The release features action from 30+ fights that ended in a Knockout or Technical Knockout. Some fights are show in full, while others are joined in progress shortly before the “big bang” so to speak. These bouts include the afformentioned Anderson Silva/Vitor Belfort fight, as well as the Lyoto Machida/Randy Couture fight, also featured are the heavyweight title bout between Brock Lesnar & Cain Velazquez from UFC 121, the very short Matt Hughes BJ Penn UFC 123 fight, Dan Hardy vs Carlos Condit from UFC 120, Chuck Liddel vs Rich Franklin from UFC 115, and Shogun Rua vs Jon Bones Jones from UFC 128

Extras are slim on this release, limited to only a Total TKO’s featurette. However considering the DVD’s main subject there is little more you can expect out of a 1 disc release such as this one. That being said, UFC producers still try and go all out with another one of their awesomely produced highlights packages.

For the big fans of the KO out there, this series continues to provide exactly what your looking for. It may not be content heavy release, but could always be good for a quick afternoon watch with your fellow UFC fans, and for the UFC fan on your holiday shopping list, its an affordable gift that should be much appreciated.

UFC Ultimate Knockouts 9 will be released on DVD and Blu Ray November 8th via Anchor Bay Entertainment. You can order your copy via quality online retailers such as Amazon for as little as 21.98$ for the DVD version

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DVD Review : UFC’s Ultimate Submissions

November 2, 2010

Reviewed by Steven Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

When you enter the octogan a lot of things can happen, but one of the most exciting results  is when one of the fighters are pushed to their absolute limit and are forced to tap out. The submission is often considered an art, and it has become the subject of the UFC’s latest best of DVD & Blu Ray release as they put out “UFC’s Ultimate Submissions”

This is a 1 disc release that features 30 matchups from the UFC’s video library that ended in a submission victory. With a run time of 70+ minutes only the preview and highlights of each fight is shown, but still gives you a feel for the numerous different submission possibilities an MMA fight can end with.

The 30 featured bouts include the likes of Georges St Pierre vs Matt Hughes, a trio of Frank Mir fights vs Tim Slyvia, Brock Lesnar and Chieck Kongo, Demian Maia vs Chael Sonnen, BJ Penn vs Kenny Florian amongst many others.

The strength of this DVD release is truly in the bonus material, which in a way is backwards as you’d think the main feature would be the release’s main attraction, but if there is one reason to buy this DVD its for the bonus matchups which feature 20 full length fights broken down into 2 sections.

The first being “Submissions From The Vaults” including early day UFC gems such as Ken Shamrock vs Royce Gracie 1, Scott Morris vs Sean Dougherty, Royce Gracie vs Jason De Lucera, Dan Severn vs Anthony Macias, Oleg Taktarovus vs Ernie Vedizia, Marco Ruas vs Larry Cureton, Tank Abbott vs Steve Jennum, Mark Coleman vs Dan Severn, Randy Couture vs Tony Halme, and Kazushi Sakruaba vs Marcus Silveira.

The section section solely titled “Bonus Submissions include  Tank Abbott vs Frank Mir, 4 fights from UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes ( vs Frank Trigg 1, vs BJ Penn 1, vs Georges St Pierre 1, and vs Frank Trigg  2) as well as Forrest Griffin vs Bill Mahood, Joe Stevenson vs Melvin Guillard, Dustin Hazelett vs Jonathan Goulet, Bj Penn vs Jens Pullver 2,

The bonus materials wrap up with a short featurette on fighters who refuse to submit. Overall the bonus materials run nearly 90 minutes.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, this could be a easy gift idea for the MMA fan in your life. Holiday shopping aside, for 20$ this is easily a good addition to your collection.

UFC’s Ultimate Submissions is available now on DVD and Blu Ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment for more information or to pick up your own copy check out www.ufc.com or Anchor Bay’s Web page for the release via

 

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DVD REVIEWS: UFC 113 – MACHIDA VS SHOGUN 2 & UFC 114 – RAMPAGE VS EVANS

August 24, 2010

Like with any Controversial decision, Lyoto Machida and Shogun Rua’s initial championship battle inside the octagon resulted in much debate amongst MMA fans as to who was the better man.  A rematch as well as  a chance to make things right was desperately needed and fans got what they wanted at UFC 113 when Machida/Shogun 2 would headline what turned out to be one of the UFC’s better events of 2010, and I don’t just say that because I had the chance to attend UFC 113 live here in Montreal, But I say that because the card was stacked with some great fights that delivered, and now you can check it out for yourself on DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Much like when a wrestlng event is held at the Bell Center, the crowd in attendance was super hot from the opening of the event as they were looking forward to a great night of fights, they were not let down. The event opened up with hometown hero Patrick “The Predator “ Cote against the quick rising star of Alan “The Talent” Belcher.  This was a great opener for the main card, It was a soild back and forth battle that would last a round and a half with Belcher going over following a barely legal piledriver into a rear naked choke for the submission victory.

Heavyweight battle between Kimbo Slice and fellow Ultimate Fighter contest Matt Mitrione was up next.  The Montreal crowd was definitely behind Kimbo heading into the fight but once again their favorite would suffer defeat as Kimbo got rocked early on in this somewhat sloppy fight and later Mitrione would work Kimbo hard on the ground to the point that he ran out of gas and lost via TKO from strikes in the second round. This would turn out to be Kimbo’s curtain call as the UFC released him following the loss

Third fight of the night saw lightweights Sam Stout and Jeremy Stevens in the only main card fight that went the distance. The fight itself was an interesting back and forth exchange of striking and kicking from the two men, The result could of went either way, and the judges scorecards reflected that as it was a split decision in favour of Stevens.

The Co Main Event was a controversial one, as Josh Koscheck took on Paul Daley with a spot as coach for the next Ultimate Fighter season against current welterweight champ GSP on the line. The controvery began early as Koscheck faked being struck by Daley’s Knee to his face while on the ground, however replays showed it barely grazed his hair, The montreal crowd took a major crap on Koscheck for that, and as the fight went along, Koscheck, who although was dominating Daley in takedowns and control, was getting even more heat for the little action that was going on. When the fight ended Daley’s temper blew over, perhaps  his anger influenced by the crowd’s anger, he sucker punched Koscheck after the bell, and ended up getting fired from the company for it. I was somewhat disappointed that Koschecks rant on the montreal crowd was edited out of the DVD, it was awesome.

The show closed with Machida/Shogun 2 and this time around we got a clear winner. The rematch did not last long, as Shogun knocked out Machida 3 minutes into the first round and righted what many thought was a wrong in the judging of the first fight.

As with each major UFC DVD release, it comes packed with a bunch of DVD extras, including the Countdown Special, Weigh Ins and Behind The Scenes Featurette, which this time around looked at Machida/Shogun 1 and the controversy that surrounded the result.  Another DVD exclusive is the Preliminary Card in its entirety. Highlights include Mike Guymon getting a emotional hard earned victory against Yoshiyuki Yoshida as well as Marcus Davis defeating another hometown hero in Jonathan Goulet.

Overall UFC 113 was a great night of fights, which makes the DVD worth picking up.

UFC 113 – MACHIDA VS SHOGUN 2 is now available on DVD From Anchor Bay Entertainment, You can pick it up at your favorite local DVD retailer, or order it online, For more information check out http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com andwww.UFC.com

Three Weeks Later, The UFC returned to Las Vegans for UFC 114, headlined by Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans. It was a feud that had spaned over a year in time, and had come to a even hotter boiling point when the two were against each other as coaches on the ultimate fighter. The fight was begging for a clear knockout victory, both men had guaranteed one, and the intensity of their promo work leading up to the fight left fans begging for one. What would ensue was a entertaining back and forth fight with both men nearly scoring knockouts, but the fight would go the distance, which you can now see for yourself as Anchor Bay Entertainment releases UFC 114 on DVD on August 31st.

Looking at the fight, The first two rounds had gone Evans way, he opened the fight by rocking Rampage with a right hand and was able to control Jackson. When the third round came along, Rampage’s corned ordered a KO, and that’s what he tried to do, knocking down and nearly out with a barrage of punches on the ground, somehow Evans survived and went back to his control of Jackson. The fight would go to decision which to no ones surprise leaned in Evans favour, both men asked for rematch, and I think the crowd want it as well, I know I was hoping to see someone knocked out here, and eventhough Evans did win the fight, I think this is one of those feuds that needs a more clear cut winner than a decision, it needs a KO.

Looking at the rest of 114, Unlike 113, almost all of the fights on the main card went the distance, including a controversial result in the Antonio “Little Nog” Nogueira and Jason Brillz fight. Brillz had taken the fight late, after Forrest Griffin had pulled out, but Brillz impressed everyone by giving Nogueira all he could handle with the constant stream of single leg takedowns and submission attempts, That’s not to say Nogueira did not get some of his own submission attempts in there but it seemed clear to many that the fight would go 29-28 in favor of Brillz, however when the scorecards were read the fight went in favor of Nogueira and the crowd went nuts in anger. Eventhough he did not score the victory Jason Brillz certainly climbed the ladder here.

In other results, Michael Bisping defeated Dan Miller by Unanimous Decision , Mike Russow defeated Todd Duffee by KO and John Hathaway defeated Diego Sanchez  by Unanimous Decision making Sanchez’s first fight back at 170 a failure.

Much like 113 and every other major UFC DVD release, it comes with 2 discs and hours of bonus features, which Ive always found interesting because UFC really goes all out for their PPV DVD releases unlike WWE who could probably learn something from the UFC in this department as it easily makes the events worth the money with the plethora of bonus features.

UFC 114 – RAMPAGE VS EVANS will be out on DVD August 31st From Anchor Bay Entertainment, You can pick it up at your favorite local DVD retailer, or order it online, For more information check out http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com and www.UFC.com

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DVD Review : UFC Best Of 2009

February 27, 2010

Reviewed by Steven Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

It appears video yearbooks are becoming popular DVD releases nowadays as the WWE and TNA both recently released 2009 retrospectives, and now the UFC checks in with a look back on what was probably the biggest year in the company’s history. With 20 events and over 200 fights there was a lot to choose from, so the UFC and Anchor Bay Entertainment have released a 2 disc set with nearly 6 hours of UFC action from 2009.

Based on the December Spike TV special, the UFC Best Of 2009 dvd mixes both documentary and full fight action. In total 12 matches are featured in the main program, while 8 others are offered as DVD Bonus Fights.

These fights are  : Matt Huges vs Matt Serra, Condit vs Ellenberger, Marquardt vs Maia, Franklin vs Belfort, Quarry vs Credeur, Anderson Silva vs Forrest Griffin, Evans vs Mashida, Liddell vs Rua, Jardine vs Thiago Silva, the great Guida vs Sanchez blowout, and heavyweight bouts Couture vs Nogueira and the second installment of what has become a bitter feud between Former WWE star and UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar vs Frank Mir. This was also the fight where Lesnar made his famous post match comments about beer sponsors and mounting his wife Sable when the night is done.

DVD Bonus matches include full bouts that are only referenced in the documentary portions such as Canada’s George St Pierre vs BJ Penn, Swick vs Hardy , Bonnar vs Jones, Griffin vs Franca, Diaz vs Guillard, Sherk vs Edgar, Stevenson vs Diaz and BJ Penn vs Kenny Florian.

Documentary type portions look at the year that was for Georges St Pierre and the welterweight division. The induction of Chuck Liddell to the UFC Hall of Fame, the return of Tito Ortiz, The Ultimate Fighter US vs UK season, the year that was in the Lightweight division and heavyweight division as well as various other mentions of big matches along the way of 2009.

Also included as a DVD bonus is a 20 minute behind the scenes of the UFC feature which takes a look at the training and development of Welterweight champ Georges St Pierre, the fighter preparation and build to Franklin vs Silva and Davis vs Hardy at UFC 99, as well as various other fights.

If like me you started to get into UFC in 2009 because of the rise of Brock Lesnar, then the Best of 2009 DVD is a great way for you to get caught up on what is going on in the company. Meanwhile if you’ve been a big fan of the UFC for years, it serves a great year in review to add to your dvd collection without having to dish out for all of the single event DVD’s.

The UFC Best of 2009 DVD will be available in stores everywhere from Anchor Bay Entertainment on March 9th. For more information or to order your own copy of this or any other UFC dvd’s check out www.ufc.tv

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DVD Reviews : UFC 106 & UFC 107

February 5, 2010

Reviewed by Steven Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

Ive never been an avid follower of the MMA world, but like many wrestling fans, I have started to become more interested in the product thanks to the debuts and successes of Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley. With that in mind I thought it might be a good idea to offer some of my readers a chance to hear about some of the latest UFC DVD’s that are coming out. Recently Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada acquired the rights to distribute UFC dvd’s here in Canada and are currently promoting the releases of UFC 106 and 107 on separate 2 Disc DVD sets, so what better time to jump in and see what’s going on.

We begin with UFC 106, which featured a headline matchup of Tito Ortiz vs Forrest Griffin. It was originally scheduled to feature Brock Lesnar defending his UFC Heavyweight Title but due to the much talked about illness that has kept him out of action for months now he had to pull out. Instead UFC 106 would feature the return of Tito Ortiz who many thought would never return to the UFC after a public falling out with the UFC and more specifically UFC Owner Dana White. Much like the world of pro wrestling, its not a surprise that relationships were mended and second chances were given. Ortiz’s opponent was to be Mark Colemen however he had to pull out due to Knee Injury. The card was being torn to shreds but the new main event of Ortiz vs Forrest Griffin 2 was soon announced. Ortiz originally fought Griffin in his first match back following some time off back in 2005/2006 (during said time off he guest refereed for TNA on PPV) The first fight was a strong one which was ultimately won by Ortiz thanks to spilt decision. So the question was now would Ortiz return triumphantly or would Griffin even the score?

Continuing what seemed to be a unlucky streak heading into this show, Ortiz entered the octagon with a visibly painful black eye suffered during training for the fight. On top of that Ortiz was coming back from back surgery as well so anything could happen in this fight. When the fight began Ortiz went at Griffin full out scoring take downs and some decent ground and pound to begin both of the first 2 rounds. Griffin would keep his cool and slowly but surely score some points with the judges thanks to his ability to get back to his feet and use them against Ortiz landing some decent leg strikes.

By the time the third round came about Ortiz looked to be running out of gas, hard to say if it wasn’t fully ready for his return or if Griffin had injured him heading into the 3rd round but Griffin would dominate most of the 3rd pounding away on Ortiz and as a result the winner of the 2nd bout between these two men would be the exact reverse from the first as Griffin won via split decision. Before the decision was even read both men were saying a rematch was likely and they both proceeded to make references to injuries they sustained coming into the fight which garnered much heat towards Ortiz but its good fodder for a rematch down the line.

The undercard of UFC 106 began with Amir Sadollah who outlasted an initial blast from Phil Baroni and systematically picked him apart for the rest of the fight to pick up a decisive win. This was followed up by Antonio Nogueira vs Luiz Cane which didn’t last long as Nogeueira caught Cane with a vicious left punch that sent Cane reeling and the fight ended via TKO in just under two minutes. The third undercard match featured a welterweight battle between Paulo Thiago against Jacob Volkmann. The first round was dominated by Thiago who nearly ended it at the end of the round catching Volkmann with a solid punch. The second round started the same with a solid kick to the face but Volkman was able to calm things down from there and survive the second. Much of the same in the third round and although credit goes to Volkmann for surviving the distance it was an easy decision for Thiago.

The main event of the undercard was a much anticipated battle between Welterweights Anthony Johnson and Josh Koscheck. The fight starts off well with a back and forth strike fest but the fight was nearly called off when Johnson kneed Koscheck to the face while he was down, although it was illegal, the replay would make it seem like a lot of acting on Koschecks part and at best he was poked in the eye, the fight would continue, and ironically the second began with what was a eye poke to from Koscheck onto Johnson, again the fight continued however seconds later Johnson would receive another poke to the eye, this was turning into something worse than a wrestling match at this point and it looked like the eyepoke of doom was going to end it but the fight would continue. A strong  battle from there and Koscheck would eventually take Johnson down, ground and pound and with only seconds remaining in the second round choked Johnson out for the win.

One of the strengths of UFC DVD’s is the vast array of extras. On both the 106 and 107 DVD’s you get the Countdown and weigh in specials, as well as behind the scenes access features. You also get the entire Preliminary Card which usually go unseen unless the main card fights go short, meaning you get over 4 hours of action during each 2 disc set.

Moving onto UFC 107, BJ Penn vs Diego Sanchez for the Lightweight Championship would headline what was a slightly better overall event than UFC 106. The fight began with some dominance courtesy of BJ Penn as he dropped Sanchez early who to his credit stayed throughout the first round eventhough he was unable to mount any significant offence on Penn. The same situation would play out in the second, third and fourth rounds. It was clear that Penn was going to win this heading into the 5th round so Sanchez could only hope for a knockout, instead it was all Penn once again capping it off with a vicious shin kick which opened up Sanchez, blood pouring, and a decisive victory for BJ Penn.

The main attraction of the non main event matchups was heavyweight title contender Frank Mir taking on the Frenchman Chiek Kongo. As the fight began you could tell both men were ready to tear eachother apart, but Mir impressively made quick work of this one dropping Kongo and quickly choking him out in just over a minute. Another strong fight on the undercard was Kenny Florian against a guy who is rising in popularity, Clay Guida. This was a great back and forth bloody battle which eventually saw Florian gain advantage, winning both the first round and the fight itself when he choked Guida out two minutes into the second. Also featured on the undercard was Jon Fitch defeating Mike Pierce via unanimous decision and Stefan Surve defeating Paul Buentello via decision. One of the better prelim fights from 107 ended up being featured on the main show as Alan Belcher knocked out Brazilian Wilson Gouveia in what was awarded fight of the night, that fight is definitely worth checking out.

If you’ve been thinking about getting into MMA and more specifically the UFC then I’d suggest picking up a couple of DVD’s like UFC 106 and 107 as they were not only both enjoyable events but are a good way to sample the product for about 20$ each and get acquainted with it before shelling out 50+$ immediately for a single PPV.

UFC 106 is available now on DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada, while UFC 107 will be available on February 23rd. You can pick them up at your local DVD retailer or order it online via the likes of Amazon.ca, For more details on this and other Anchor Bay releases check out http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/index.asp?p=Home