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UFC 100: ‘Making History’ DVD Review

March 12, 2010   ·   0 Comments

UFC 100: ‘Making History’ DVD Review
By Dean Parr
UFC 100 was an event surrounded by hype and mass anticipation. Not only was it a stacked card, but it represented how far MMA has come since the primal days of the sport, and UFC organisation at UFC 1.
It was headlined by a superfight between former pro wrestling phenom Brock Lesnar and the skilled Frank Mir, who were fighting over the UFC Heavyweight crown. The two men had been embroiled in a feud ever since Mir submitted the former NCAA Champ in their first fight, despite being dominated in the opening exchanges.
Brock wanted revenge, and did he get it? Well, the fight was one sided, that’s for sure, and while it doesn’t make for a great bout, some reckon the ending justified the trash talking build up well.
The co-main event starred the well rounded Georges St. Pierre and phenomenal striker Thiago Alves. What ensues is a sterling performance from one fighter, while the other shows remarkable resillience.
Also on the card was mouthy Brit Michael Bisping taking on outstanding amateur wrestler and fellow TUF 9 coach Dan Henderson, and here there is another one sided showcase for one man. Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Thiago is much more closely contested though, and is a great scrap. Alan Belcher’s shot at the big time against Yoshihiro Akiyama fits into a similar mould.
The prelims are remarkably stacked. Topping them are MMA legend Mark Coleman and TUF 1 runner up Stephan Bonnar, who engage in a fatiguing war. One of the hottest prospects in not only the UFC, but all of MMA, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, who is soon to fight Brandon Vera is also showcased against the in-form Jake O’Brien.
Mac Danzig and Jim Miller both show tremendous heart and grit in their contest, while TJ Grant’s battle with Kim Dong-hyun is closer than the finishing scorecards would suggest.
Was it a mistake or sublime skill that finished CB Dolloway’s encounter with Tom Lawlor? It is a contentious topic, but don’t blink when watching it. Matt Grice vs. Shannon Gugerty is another quickie that the viewer must be sure to keep their eyes peeled throughout.
The bonus features, as always with UFC releases, are top notch. The behind the scenes section is a highlight, and a valuable insight to the ‘Average Joe’ about what happens backstage at a top MMA show. The countdown shows the UFC present are always good fuel for getting excited for cards too, making the extras a must watch feature of the double disc UFC 100 release.
The quality of the DVD is flawless in every aspect, and the menus are well designed and slick.
Quantity wise, the UFC couldn’t have fit more on two discs, and it can barely be faulted. The only area that one could really pick a bone with in this release in is the quality of some of the fights, but that it obviously something the UFC can’t do much about (taking into account the fights looked so good on paper). Not the best UFC event around fight-wise, but certainly the biggest, and fans of the ‘show’ aspect of MMA can’t do much better than this.
Rating: 7.5/10 (but 10/10 for effort)

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UFC 100: ‘Making History’ DVD Review
By Dean Parr

UFC 100 was an event surrounded by hype and mass anticipation. Not only was it a stacked card, but it represented how far MMA has come since the primal days of the sport, and UFC organisation at UFC 1.

It was headlined by a superfight between former pro wrestling phenom Brock Lesnar and the skilled Frank Mir, who were fighting over the UFC Heavyweight crown. The two men had been embroiled in a feud ever since Mir submitted the former NCAA Champ in their first fight, despite being dominated in the opening exchanges.

Brock wanted revenge, and did he get it? Well, the fight was one sided, that’s for sure, and while it doesn’t make for a great bout, some reckon the ending justified the trash talking build up well.

The co-main event starred the well rounded Georges St. Pierre and phenomenal striker Thiago Alves. What ensues is a sterling performance from one fighter, while the other shows remarkable resillience.

Also on the card was mouthy Brit Michael Bisping taking on outstanding amateur wrestler and fellow TUF 9 coach Dan Henderson, and here there is another one sided showcase for one man. Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Thiago is much more closely contested though, and is a great scrap. Alan Belcher’s shot at the big time against Yoshihiro Akiyama fits into a similar mould.

The prelims are remarkably stacked. Topping them are MMA legend Mark Coleman and TUF 1 runner up Stephan Bonnar, who engage in a fatiguing war. One of the hottest prospects in not only the UFC, but all of MMA, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, who is soon to fight Brandon Vera is also showcased against the in-form Jake O’Brien.

Mac Danzig and Jim Miller both show tremendous heart and grit in their contest, while TJ Grant’s battle with Kim Dong-hyun is closer than the finishing scorecards would suggest.

Was it a mistake or sublime skill that finished CB Dolloway’s encounter with Tom Lawlor? It is a contentious topic, but don’t blink when watching it. Matt Grice vs. Shannon Gugerty is another quickie that the viewer must be sure to keep their eyes peeled throughout.

The bonus features, as always with UFC releases, are top notch. The behind the scenes section is a highlight, and a valuable insight to the ‘Average Joe’ about what happens backstage at a top MMA show. The countdown shows the UFC present are always good fuel for getting excited for cards too, making the extras a must watch feature of the double disc UFC 100 release.

The quality of the DVD is flawless in every aspect, and the menus are well designed and slick.

Quantity wise, the UFC couldn’t have fit more on two discs, and it can barely be faulted. The only area that one could really pick a bone with in this release in is the quality of some of the fights, but that it obviously something the UFC can’t do much about (taking into account the fights looked so good on paper). Not the best UFC event around fight-wise, but certainly the biggest, and fans of the ‘show’ aspect of MMA can’t do much better than this.

Rating: 7.5/10 (but 10/10 for effort)

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