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DVD Review : UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2011 Edition

December 4, 2011

DVD Package Reviewed by Steven Wilson

The Ultimate gift for the Ultimate Fighting Championship fan in your life is hitting DVD shelves this Tuesday December 6th, and it comes in the form of a 20 disc DVD set highlighting what was one of if not the greatest 12 month period of action in UFC’s history.

This brand new release, not to be confused with the 2009 10 Disc Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights set that hit shelves in conjunction with the promotion for UFC 100 , covers UFC 116 through UFC 131, as well as UFC Fight Night 22 through 24, and UFC Live 2 through 4. It packs all of this in along with a unique set of DVD extras over a whopping 20 disc set, with  over 52 hours of UFC action.

For the most part, each disc of the set covers a specific event, for example Disc 1 is UFC 116, and Disc 2 is UFC 117. Instead of presenting each event as it aired or as it was released on DVD, the UFC production team swaps in some cool fight buildup videos that includes footage from the fight week building to the event, or exclusive behind the scenes footage before a specific fight takes place.

Another interesting addition to this DVD set is the extras included on the 20th DVD which includes features on the best of Joe Rogan 1 on 1, the best of UFC Unguarded and the best of UFC Fight School.

The packaging on this set is impressive as since this DVD tells the story of the UFC during this 1 year period of time, what better way to express this than a storybook style package which pulls out of the DVD set outer box and allows you to flip through the pages, each of which contains 2 discs.

Some small negatives to mention about this release are the fact that the DVD’s were not put in the package in chronological order, instead they are presented PPV wise, of UFC 116 through 131, followed by the fight nights and Live events, so if the viewer does not realize to watch a certain fight night before a certain PPV they may hear the commentators talking about a fight they havent watched yet. The other negative is that some fights were cut for time to keep this at a 20 disc set. Of the 215 fights presented on the events in question, 170 of them are included in this set. Some of the fights cut were simple prelim fights, while others were a bit more suprising, nonetheless, if your not an absolute completionist, then this is still an absolutely awesome release. Even with a few prelims here and there missing, the set makes up for it with a great slew of bonuses and never before seen behind the scenes footage, 10 plus hours of previously unreleased footage that is, and this makes it an absolute must buy.

Currently on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca for 99.99$, this set is well worth the cash, and would be much appreciated by any MMA fan on your list! I know I would love to find it under my tree on christmas morning, so if your searching for that perfect gift for the MMA fan in your life, you need not look any further.

The UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2011 Edition from Anchor Bay Entertainment hits retail shelves Tuesday December 6th, For more info check out ufcstore.com or Anchor Bay’s website via http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/detail.aspx?projectID=d25f15c2-b426-4e96-c5b6-f8256421ce08

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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/Blu Ray Review : UFC – Ultimate Royce Gracie

April 27, 2011

Reviewed by Steven Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

When writing the book on the history of Mixed Martial Arts in North America, one must begin with a chapter on Brazilian jiu jitsu, and one must begin with a look at the pioneer of that discipline in the US, the legendary Royce Gracie. The UFC aims to write that chapter with its latest DVD release “Ultimate Royce Gracie”

This in depth DVD documentary comes in a special book like packaging that includes 12 pages of images from Royce’s career as well as a biography. It is quite impressive to look at and is a much appreciated added touch to what is a well produced 2 Disc DVD documentary.

Disc 1 begins with the 90 minute documentary which aired on Spike TV focusing on the evolution of the Gracie Jiu Jitsu discipline from its roots in Brazil to its expansion to the US, and ultimate explosion thanks to the success of Royce Gracie at the first ever UFC event in the early 90’s.

What begins with a spotlight on Gracie jiu jitsu quickly becomes the history of the UFC as we hear the story of how UFC 1 came about and the stories behind the battles of UFC 1 through 5 and while this is the Ultimate Royce Gracie, it could easily be entitled, The History of the UFC Part 1.

Participants in the documentary include Royce himself, UFC announcer Joe Rogan, and numerous participants from UFC 1 through 5 such as Dan Severn, Art Jimmerson, and Jason De Lucia.

A wide array of bonus features is offered up on the 2 disc set. First up is every Royce Gracie fight from UFC 1 through 5 in their entirety. While on Disc 2 we get the UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Gracie as well as his 3 fights in full from the Pride events in 2000 & 2003. The bonus features conclude with Gracie’s last fight in the UFC which took place at UFC 60 against Matt Hughes.

In closing, the UFC did Royce Gracie right with this DVD package. I highly recommend picking this one up for your collection, not only is it very well produced, but its highly informative and comes in one of the coolest DVD packaging ive seen to date for any MMA DVD. If you’ve seen the Spike special, you know more or less of what to expect, for those who didn’t you wont be disappointed.

UFC’s Ultimate Royce Gracie will be available on DVD and Blu Ray on May 10th from Anchor Bay Entertainment with a SRP of $24.98 for the DVD and $34.99 for the Blu Ray. For more info check out ufcstore.com or your local UFC DVD Retailer.

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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 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