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UFC 99 ‘The Comeback’ DVD

February 19, 2010   ·   0 Comments

UFC 99 ‘The Comeback’ DVD
Review By Dean Parr

‘The Comeback,’ held in the Lanxess Arena, Cologne was the UFC’s first event on German soil. To headline the show, the UFC put on an interesting match-up, with Wanderlei ‘The Axe Murderer’ Silva taking on Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin at a catch weight of 195lbs.

What ensued was a fight not to be missed. It was a back and forth battle which was contested furiously from bell to bell; neither man would let up for the duration of the fight. This fight would suit the casual fan as well as the hardcore MMAniac.

The co-main event featured hot prospect Cain Velasquez taking on Frenchman Cheick Kongo in a heavyweight affair. This proves to be an entertaining scrap, which answers some questions about Velasquez, while simultaneously throwing new concerns into the fray about his style.

The heavyweights were again represented as Croatian knockout artist Mirko Filipovivc took on one of six British fighters on the card, Mostapha Al-Turk. This was short and sweet (as with most ‘Cro Cop’ fights) although the ending was fairly controversial.

It was impossible to split welterweights Mike Swick and Ben Saunders on paper going into their battle, but after this clash of strikers, the viewer will have no doubt as to which one of them is better. Spencer Fisher’s bout with Caol Uno shows grit on the part of both men, while Dan Hardy’s sometimes comedic rivalry with Marcus Davis culminated in an all out war on the show.

There were some crackers in the preliminary card. Kaobon fighter Terry Etim shows unbelievable heart in a skilful battle with Alaska’s Justin Buchholz. ‘Relentless’ Paul Taylor, a resident of Walsall showed his remarkable engine in a tough scrap with UFC debutant Peter Sobotta.

Dennis Siver’s bout with American Dale Hartt was quick, while Stefan Struve vs. Denis Stojnic was a crazy battle. John Hathaway, soon to be fighting Diego Sanchez, had a tough test with Rick Story in front of him, while Paul Kelly’s bout with Roli Delgado was close at all times.

The extras on the DVD are excellent, as per usual with UFC offerings. The full countdown show is on the second disc, as well as the weigh ins and a great ‘Behind The Scenes’ feature on the Dan Hardy vs. Marcus Davis match, which the Brit talks up extremely well. Admittedly though, what would have been nice was more behind the scenes footageof the competitors inthe main event and Velasquez vs. Kongo.

As always, the quality and ‘slickness’ of the DVD are flawless, and with the strength of the fights on the card, this is a good purchase for any MMA fan.

Rating: 8/10

This DVD and others available from good UFC stockists and online through www.fightdvd.co.uk

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