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UFC 98 DVD Review

February 3, 2010   ·   0 Comments


UFC 98 brought
together two undefeated fighters, one determined to retain his UFC Light
Heavyweight crown, the other determined to fiercely prise it from his grasp. In
an eagerly anticipated battle, UFC 98 sees Sugar Rashad Evans go head to head
with the devastating Lyoto The Dragon
Machida

Also featured is
the culmination of one of the longest standing feuds in the UFC.
  A grudge match between former UFC
welterweight champions, Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, has been long in the making
but with neither man backing down, both step into the Octagon to settle the
score once and for all.

Former UFC
Lightweight champion Sean Sherk, who has a point to prove after a disappointing
comeback fight, goes toe to toe with Frank Edgar, a fighter whose quick hands
and good combinations have ensured him a growing reputation. The 10-fight card also
sees Drew McFedries, a knockout specialist, aim to finish Xavier Foupa-Pokam in
spectacular fashion.

This double-DVD includes
the weigh-in show and exclusive behind the scenes footage, never before seen on
TV. Experience the Worlds most exciting fight sport
when UFC 98 is
released on DVD on 19
th October, available at all good
DVD retailers and online at
www.fightdvd.co.uk.


Review:

UFC 98 was an event marred by pullouts. Initially, the main
event of the show was meant to be the highly anticipated rematch between Brock
Lesnar and Frank Mir, only for the latter to blow his knee out and consequently
force the fight to be rescheduled. The list goes on of other fighters that
pulled out of the card: Josh Koscheck, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and James
Irvin to name a few, although to their credit, the UFC managed to put together
a solid enough card (at least on paper anyway).

The show was headlined by two undefeated fighters vying
for the Light Heavyweight Title, when reigning champion, ‘Suga’ Rashad Evans,
hot off a win over Forrest Griffin took on Lyoto ‘The Dragon’
Machida. Unfortunately, this promised so
much, yet offered so little, as there were very few twists and turns in a
rather one sided main event. However, it had important ramifications for the
Light Heavyweight division, and was made particularly important by the fact
‘someone’s 0 had to go’. Don’t be lured into buying the disc when you see this
fight advertised on the back though – it is far from a blinder.

Another fight which failed to live up to expectations was
the co-main event between Matt Serra and Matt Hughes. Beforehand, with their
skill sets and bitter rivalry taken into account, this looked to be an
interesting contest, although in practice, an accidental 

head butt in the first stopped this from living up to its hype.

Sean Sherk vs. Frankie Edgar and Chael Sonnen vs. Dan Miller
were intriguing fights that went the distance on the main card. These were
closely contested for the most part, and good watches, even if they didn’t
quite contain the fireworks that some MMA fans have come to expect from UFC
cards.

‘Professor X’ Xavier Foupa Pokam’s bout with Drew McFedries
was short and sweet. A few words of advice – don’t blink when watching this!

On the prelims, Dave Kaplan’s fight with George Roop was the
highlight. This was a true MMA fight; it was contested standing, on the floor
and both showed a wide ranging arsenal of manoeuvres they could call upon. Most
hardcore MMA fans would likely see this as the best fight on the whole show.

All of the other prelims ended in a single round.
Yoshiyuki Yoshida’s bout with Brandon Wolff shows one fighter having a vastly
superior skill set to the other, while Andre Gusmao vs. Krzystof Soszynski was
a good stand-up battle. Phillipe Nover’s contest with Kyle Bradley is in the
same boat as Tim Hague’s with Pat Barry in that they are over
extremely quickly, while Brock Larson and Mike Pyle has an abrupt ending.

As per usual with UFC DVDs, the menus are slick and the
quality is perfect. The countdown show is included, and this is well worth a
gander before watching the show, as it gives a valuable insight into the
training of the top fighters on the card. Also, there is footage from the weigh
ins and interviews after the fights, which make for a good extras section.

To conclude, it would seem to be apt advice to recommend not
buying this show if you are a ‘UFC virgin’, as there are no real standout
matches on the card. Indeed, the fact Matt Serra vs. Matt Hughes was chosen as
Fight of the Night is indicative of this. UFC 98 is for hardcore UFC/MMA fans
only.

Rating: 6.5/10

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