UFC 146 DVD Review – Dos Santos vs. Mir: The All Heavyweight Card (Kirk Haviland)

UFC  146 DVD Review

MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise Nevada

May 26th 2012

Heading into UFC 146, the UFC was presented with one of its biggest scandals in recent years. The original headliner, Alistair Overeem, failed a drug test with severely inflated testosterone levels. Overeem, coming off his dominant victory over former champ Brock Lesnar, was the clear choice for contender for the heavyweight belt. This sent Dana White and the UFC scrambling to final a main event. The result is that the all heavyweight main card was sent into turmoil, as Mir was bumped up from the co-main event against Cain Velasquez, Cain’s opponent was changed to the debuting Antonio Silva, who was originally scheduled to fight Roy Nelson. But perhaps this helped the card in the long run as it led to very aggressive tactics in the ring.

The Undercard fights were as follows:

Mike Brown vs Daniel Pineda/ Glover Teixeria vs Kyle Kingsbury/ Jacob Volkman vs Paul Sass/ Duane Ludwig vs Dan Hardy/ CB Dollaway vs Jason Miller/ Edson Barboza vs Jamie Varner and Darren Elkins vs Diego Brandao.

Only three fights went the distance as the Brown/Pineda and Elkins/Brandao fights felt like wars. The Miller/Dolloway fight was a bust as it appeared that either Miller injured himself during the fight or entered the ring injured already. Miller got slapped around pretty badly for three rounds and ultimately did himself no favors as this fight caused the UFC to outright release him from his contract. Glover Texiera makes a strong debut in the first round as he dispatches Kingsbury very efficiently. The other submission comes in the Sass/Volkman fight. The other two fights bring us two very impressive KOs. Varner shines mightily as a last minute replacement for Evan Dunham as he dispatches Barbosa, and Dan Hardy gets his first win since 2009 in bonus winning fashion as his impressive KO of Duane Ludwig earns him co-knockout of the night honors. A very strong undercard that featured many exciting finishes, after watching this disc I held some reservations going onto the main card.

Recent UFC DVD reviews will let you know that a certain trend has been occurring more often than not. Either the events have a strong undercard combined with a lackluster main card or vice versa. So after the watching the prelims, combined with the scrambling of the five main event fights, I had my reservations. The Main Card Fights are as follows:

Lavar Johnson vs Stefan Struve/ Stipe Miocic vs Shane del Rosario/ Roy Nelson vs Dave Herman/ Antonio Silva vs Cain Velasquez and the main event Frank Mir vs Junior Dos Santos.

The main card starts with a slick submission in the Struve/Johnson fight in the first two minutes of the fight. It was one of the co-winners of submission of the night. Next up is a devastating TKO in the 2nd round of the Miocic/del Rosario contest. So far the main event is delivering strong. Next we get a one punch beauty of a knockout from Roy Nelson as he crumples Dave Herman then follows up for the quickest finish of the night and the other half of the co-knockout prize. Next up is the utter and complete domination by Cain Velasquez. Cain obviously went into this fight determined to make a statement after his loss of the title to Dos Santos and boy does he ever! The gash he opens almost right away above Silva’s nose is nasty, and the blood starts pouring everywhere. Eventually Silva cannot see to defend anything and the fight is mercifully stopped. Cain looks primed for a title rematch. The Main Event of the evening also does not disappoint as all five main card fights are stoppages, an unbelievably fantastic result. Dos Santos shows why he is the champ as Mir never really has him in any trouble with the eventual TKO coming in round 2.

The bonus features are split between disc 1 and 2 this time around, as Disc 1 features the main card and the traditional Countdown show. The Countdown show this time runs a little flat as the shuffling of fights leaves little room for any growing animosity between fighters and the only bit of turmoil that comes up between Mir and Dos Santos is the fact that Mir broke Dos Santos’ mentor Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s arm in a previous fight. The second disc features your typical promo pack, a short behind the scenes feature and footage from the official weigh ins. The weigh in footage is the real gem here. You get the obvious stare downs and gamesmanship that always comes with fight preparation. But this time we get some fun antics from some of the participants as “Mayhem” Miller comes resplendent in pink. And Kyle Kingsbury shows that he is an old school wrestling fan with his “Ravishing” Rick Rude tribute and hilarious pose down attire. Ultimately though, until the UFC starts putting the Primetime series leading up to the fights on these discs they are incomplete for me.

In the end UFC 146 delivers exactly what you want and more, as one of the year’s most compelling and satisfying cards is finally available to purchase. UFC 146 is a solid recommend.

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UFC 145 DVD Review (Kirk Haviland)

UFC 145 DVD Review

Jones VS Evans

April 21st 2012 – Philips Arena, Atlanta Georgia

We here at Entertainment Maven, in our attempt to bring you informed reviews of theatrical releases, home entertainment and special events, have decided that it’s time to acknowledge one of the largest growing forms of entertainment in the world. Of course what I am talking about is Mixed Martial Arts, and in particular the UFC. Now we will not be getting into live event coverage, there are plenty of avenues which cover the live events as they happen or shortly after, and while we do cover events we have decided they will be film related only at this time. So why are we going to be reviewing UFC DVDs?  Because there are only a handful of sites out there doing reviews of the actual DVD releases from UFC. Many fans can’t afford to pay out over $60 a month for pay-per-view events and wait for the DVD releases to see the full card. Also, there are some events you just need to own. These reviews will come in a DVD review format, only slightly different from our other DVD reviews, where we will discuss the main program (card) and list and discuss the special features for the disc. Then we will ultimately give our opinion on whether it’s worth your hard earned money. Now let’s step into the octagon for UFC 145!

UFC 145 was billed as the end to the bitter and ugly feud between two former training partners and friends, Rashad Evans and Jon Jones. After Evans injured himself leading into his title fight against Maurizio Rua at UFC 128, Jones took his spot and ultimately won the title. During an interview shortly after winning the belt, Jones was asked if he would fight Evans and answered with the statement that he would fight anyone he was asked to. Evans took exception to this and the feud was sparked.

The first disc of this 2-disc set features the 6 match pay-per-view card in its entirety. The Main Event Card goes as follows – Evans vs Jones / Rory MacDonald vs Che Mills / Brendan Schaub vs Ben Rothwell / Miguel Angel Torres vs Michael McDonald / Mark Hominick vs Eddie Yagin and Mark Bocek vs John Alessio. The Main Card this time around delivers in spades. The main event is a good fight but results in a pretty lopsided affair by the end of it. Rory MacDonald makes Mills look like an amateur here with another impressive annihilation of an opponent. Quick surprise knockouts are the result of our two middle fights, and our first two of the pay-per-view card, Yagin vs Hominick and Bocek vs Alessio both go the distance with one result being a little controversial. That said the Yagin vs Hominik is a bloody, messy, straight up brawl that really is an excellent bout. Also, Michael MacDonald delivers an impressive, attention worthy performance.

The 2nd disc has all the preliminary fights and special features. Prelim line up is as follows – Travis Brown vs Chad Griggs / Matt Brown vs Stephen Thompson / John Makdessi vs Anthony Njokuani / Mac Danzig vs Efrain Escudero / Kieth Wisniewski vs Chris Clements / and Marcus Brimage vs Maximo Blanco. This time around it was the prelims that had the judges working overtime as out of the six bouts only one resulted in a stoppage. The Brimage vs Blanco fight’s most entertaining moment was not in the dull fight but the after bout celebrations which spontaneously turned into a back flipping contest. The stoppage comes in the Brown vs Griggs fight and it was the winner for submission of the night.

For special features we get a fantastic Countdown to UFC programme. The interviews and behind the scenes stuff is superb, especially the face to face interview at CSS sports studios where Jones and Evans verbally spar in numerous heated exchanges over who said what heading into the fight. I also loved the part where Jones calls out Evans on his accusations of Jones’  arrogance by referencing the most arrogant stuff Evans has done, and there are a lot of clips to pull from. We also get a behind the scenes short film and the complete broadcast of the official weigh-ins as usual. What are missing unfortunately are the 3 UFC primetime episodes they shot for this fight. Clocking in at about an hour minus commercials, this fantastic series would have made this disc complete.

UFC 145 delivers the goods on the main card and the main event does not disappoint. I recommend this as a purchase based on the Rory MacDonald performance alone, but the Jones/Evans bout and other solid performances, like the one from by Michael McDonald, also make it an easy sell. UFC 145 is a solid buy for any UFC fan.

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UFC 143 DVD Review (Kirk Haviland)

DVD Review UFC 143

Diaz vs Condit

February 4th, 2012. Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas Nevada

We here at Entertainment Maven, in our attempt to bring you informed reviews of theatrical releases, home entertainment and special events, have decided that it’s time to acknowledge one of the largest growing forms of entertainment in the world. Of course what I am talking about is Mixed Martial Arts, and in particular the UFC. Now we will not be getting into live event coverage, there are plenty of avenues which cover the live events as they happen or shortly after, and while we do cover events we have decided they will be film related only at this time. So why are we going to be reviewing UFC DVDs?  Because there are only a handful of sites out there doing reviews of the actual DVD releases from UFC. Many fans can’t afford to pay out over $60 a month for pay-per-view events and wait for the DVD releases to see the full card. Also, there are some events you just need to own. These reviews will come in a DVD review format, only slightly different from our other DVD reviews, where we will discuss the main program (card) and list and discuss the special features for the disc. Then we will ultimately give our opinion on whether it’s worth your hard earned money. Now let’s step into the octagon for UFC 143!

UFC 143 was a card, like a good few these days, which saw a lot of turmoil. The Card was originally scheduled to be Nick Diaz vs Georges St. Pierre (GSP) after Carlos Condit stepped aside from the fight with GSP he was originally in line for. Condit was put into this main event for the Interim Championship after a training injury sidelined GSP for over 6 months. Condit’s original opponent Josh Koscheck was rescheduled to fight Mike Pierce.

The first disc of this 2 disc set features the pay-per-view card in its entirety. The Main Event Card goes as follows – Diaz vs. Condit / Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Wredum / Koscheck vs. Pierce / Renan Barao vs. Scott Jorgenson / and Ed Herman vs. Clifford Starks. The Main Card ultimately leaves us feeling a little flat. With only one fight ending with a stoppage the judges were busy in Vegas that night. The Nelson/Verdum fight is a bloody affair with both fighters going all out in by far the most entertaining bout. Conversely the Condit/Diaz fight is dull with a lot of posturing and striking at distance with very little grappling until round 5 and more jabs than dangerous strikes. The fight has become more infamous for Nick Diaz’s tirade after the fight and his “retirement” from MMA in the post-fight interview.

The 2nd disc has all the preliminary fights and special features. Prelim line up is as follows – Dustin Poirier vs. Max Holloway / Alex Caceres aka Bruce Leroy vs. Edwin Figueroa / Matt Brown vs. Chris Cope / Matthew Riddle vs. Henry Martinez / Rafeal Natal vs. Michael Kuiper / and Dan Stittgen vs. Stephen Thompson. Of the Prelim fights the standouts are the Stittgen vs. Thompson bout for a killer KO, Matt Brown vs. Chris Cope and Dustin Poirier vs. Max Holloway for a great submission. The most bizarre fight was Caceres vs. Figueroa as illegal blow deductions impact the result of the decision dramatically. For special features we get the return of the excellent Countdown to UFC programme. Given the level of bravado coming from the two headliners it certainly turned into a fun countdown show, and having Roy Nelson on it never hurts. We also get a behind the scenes short film and the complete broadcast of the official weigh-ins.

Ultimately UFC 143 Diaz vs. Condit is one of the UFC releases you might want to skip. With so many great cards and discs out from the UFC, and many more on the way soon,  143 is really only for completest and hard-core fans of the fighters on the card.

Till Next Time,

Movie Junkie TO (or in this case Octagon Junkie TO)

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