THE PLOT THUS FAR
Two of the biggest names in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship finally meet, when UFC Hall of Famer and former light heavyweight champion Chuck ‘The Iceman’ Liddell battles former middleweight champion Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin in a fight fans’ dream match. UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin, Saturday, June 12th, live on Pay-Per-View from General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
The DVD for UFC 115 began with the preliminary fights, as Mac Danzig faced Matt Wiman in the lightweight division. Nothing like a controversial incident to start the evening. Wiman had applied a guillotine choke, but the left side of Danzigs neck was clearly open. However, the referee stopped the fight, giving Wiman the submission win, despite the fact that Danzig wasnt actually unconscious. Now while I cant really comment on the fight, I can comment on the referee, and he made a massive mistake here. The action continued in the welterweight division, as Ricardo Funch took on Claude Patrick. Some nice grappling in this one, and another strange decision, when the referee warned Funch for an up kick which never actually happened. Afterwards Patrick opened up a nasty cut under Funchs eye with his vicious ground and pound, before getting the submission win in the second round with a guillotine, ending an impressive debut.
Liddell vs. Franklin was the fourth time in six fights, a span in which Liddell has gone 1-5, that the former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion has been knocked out. Liddell talked of being rededicated to the sport and claims he had his best training camp in quite some time. His physique appeared to support he claim, as the gut he brought with him to the cage on so many occasions was nowhere to be found.
Liddell is looking to break a huge losing streak after spending many months healing and getting into tremendous shape. Originally Liddell was supposed to face Tito Ortiz for the Ultimate Fighter Finale, but an injury forced Tito to exit the show, so Rich Franklin steps in for Tito. This is a very short fight, but still very exciting. You know a fight is exciting when the winner actually breaks a limb. Hats off to both of these men for doing what they’re doing. Chuck Liddell will likely want to fight Tito Ortiz again but Tito doesnt deserve to have the chance to beat a washed up Chuck Liddell and have that win on his record. I know hes a grown man and can make his own decisions but if his family and friends truly care about him, they wont allow him to fight again. For his health, his family, his friends, and fans, Chuck Liddell should never fight again.
The DVD comes with a countdown to UFC 115 featurette. There’s also segments about the weigh-ins and the online featurette. If that wasn’t enough, there’s a rather lengthy behind-the-scenes that shows what goes into a production. The A/V Quality is pretty impressive, but it lacks the punch that the UFC Blu-Ray offerings have. Still, I’d recommend a rental to fans.
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