Black Tiger MMA Review: UFC Ultimate Comebacks
Posted by Mike Campbell on 01.14.2010
There is a point at which every man can be broken, but there are men who become legends by defying that point
UFC ULTIMATE COMEBACKS
This DVD from the fine folks at UFC is same basic concept as their popular ĎUltimate Knockoutsí series of DVDs, but instead of KOís, this covers fights where a fighter pulls victory from the jaws of defeat. I think that this concept is also a bit better than the Ultimate Knockouts DVDs (on paper, at least) because all the fights are shown in complete form. Each fight is preceded by a nice little background piece on each fighter and what the ramifications of the fight are.
The DVD starts proper with a really nicely done video package showing various fights and the improbable comebacks that lead to the finishes.
PETE SELL vs. SCOTT SMITH (The Ultimate Fighter IV Finale)
If I didnít know any better, Iíd swear that this was a worked fight, judging from the first round. Itís completely done standing up, with both of them throwing heavy leather and making contact. And then, afterwards, theyíll high five each other. Smith winds up opened up under one eye, and Sell is bleeding under both. Smith looks to have it won when he drops Sell with an uppercut, but he gets his bearings together quick enough. The round ends with them in the clinch, and, again, they high five each other after the round.
Itís not as fast paced, but the second round is a lot like the first, a lot of dancing by both of them, and throwing punches, Sell also tries a few leg kicks. Sell connects a big body shot that seems to have Smith in trouble, but when Sell goes in for the kill, Smith hits a shot to the jaw for the KO, and even after the fight is over, Smith is favoring the body, Rogan says that Smith is hurt badly about a dozen times during the replay.
ALESSIO SAKARA vs. DREW McFEDRIES (UFC 65)
This is another fight thatís almost completely done standing up. Drew controls early on, hitting several good shots and Sakara. Although it helps that Sakaraís habit of ducking down to change positions leaves him open for uppercuts, which Drew takes full advantage of. Sakara finally gets some shots of his own, and has Drew on the fence and causes his mouthpiece to fall out. For some reason, Sakara tries to take him to the mat, which doesnít really work for him. Mario Yamasaki calls a quick time out to Drew can replace his mouth piece. They go back to the standup game, and Sakara keeps ducking down and getting hit with uppercuts. Out of nowhere, Sakara just falls down, and Drew lands a series of body blows for the TKO. I wouldnít exactly call that an Ďultimateí comeback for Drew, since he controlled most of the fight anyway.
MARTIN KAMPMANN vs DREW McFEDRIES (UFC 68)
Martin and Drew start off throwing punches and Drew lands quite a few bit shots, rocking Martin back and putting a mouse under his eye. Martin gets a clinch and takes Drew to the ground and where Sakara failed, Martin succeeds. Martin gets side control and lands several big knees to the body, and then puts on a deep arm triangle and Herb Dean stops it. Now thatís what Iíd consider to be an ultimate comeback.
RENATO SOBRAL vs. JASON LAMBERT (UFC 68)
Sobral has some early success standing up and then takes Lambert to the mat. Sobral continues to have success by getting a half guard with Lambert against the fence so that he canít move his hips. Sobral gets a back mount and applies a rear naked choke, but Lambert is able to escape and get back to his feet. Lambert rocks Sobral with an uppercut and then hits another punch that drops him, Lambert rushes in to get the ref stoppage, but the round ends before he can accomplish it.
KEITH JARDINE vs. HOUSTON ALEXANDER (UFC 71)
The fight starts with both of them trying to connect punches, Jardine connects and knocks Houston off-balance, but not completely off his feet. Houston recovers and gets Keith in a clinch and starts reigning down punches. Keith drops to a knee and Houston hits a big knee strike and more punches until Keith loses his mouthpiece and the ref calls it.
JON FITCH vs. ROAN CARNEIRO (UFC Fight Night 10)
They start off dancing a bit, with Fitch throwing some punches. Carneiro takes Fitch to the ground and locks in a front choke, but Fitch manages to escape. Back to their feet and they clinch up, with Fitch trying to throw knees and punches, Carneiro tries to take Fitch down, but itís blocked, a second attempt puts Fitch back on the mat and Carneiro stays on top, despite Fitchís attempts to roll out using, North/South. Carneiro looks for a choke, but the round ends.
Fitch starts off the second round with some dirt boxing techniques, he clinches and goes for body shots. Fitch rocks Carneiro with a punch, and tries to finish him off with strikes, but Carneiro does a great job of using his hand and arm to block the punches. Carneiro tries to take Fitch to the mat, but they roll and Fitch gets the back mount and gets the tap out with a rear naked choke.
COLIN ROBINSON vs. EDDIE SANCHEZ (UFC 72)
Like just about every fight on this DVD so far, they start off standing and throwing punches, Eddie gets Colin against the fence and tries for some body shots. Colin throws some punches to try to get free, but Eddie is able to keep him pinned against the fence. Eddie appears to slip and lose his footing, which gives Colin the chance to pounce and he absolutely unloads on Eddie, dropping elbows and punches to the face, and it looks like the fight is only a second away from being stopped, but Eddie manages to keep defending himself intelligently long enough to hold out. Colin tries a different approach and gets an armbar, and, again, it looks all over for Eddie, his options are snap or tap. But Eddie escapes, because Colin didnít have the his leg across the face, and Eddie manages to get the mount on Colin and starts throwing his own punches, but Colin covers up and holds out until the round ends. As exciting as that first round was, itís that much better with how much the Irish fans are behind their fellow countrymen.
Eddie drops Colin with a punch and gets the mount, Colin covers up while Eddie drops elbows and punches, but thatís the only thing heís able to do, and Herb Dean stops it.
PAUL TAYLOR vs. MARCUS DAVIS (UFC 75)
The first thing that one notices in this fight is how fast both men are, maybe itís just the contrast of seeing mostly heavyweights and light heavyweights, but these two guys seem like theyíre flying. Taylor connects a kick that sends Davis down and Taylor tries to ground and pound. Davis survives and actually gets Davis in a guard to stop the beating. Things get a bit methodical here, as Davis gets a single leg and slowly works on getting Taylor down. Itís more exciting to watch than to read about, because the technique is so good. Davis gets Taylor on his back and itís his turn to unleash the ground and pound. Taylor tries to escape, but Davis stays on him and winds up getting an armbar for the tap out.
CHRIS LEBEN vs. TERRY MARTIN (UFC Fight Night 11)
Both of them swing a bit wildly to start, with Martin hitting some leg kicks. Martin gets a left punch and takes Leben into the guard, although Leben is able to hit some good shots from the top. Leben looks for an armbar, but doesnít get it applied. To their feet and they clinch up and exchange knees, Martin picks up Leben and slams him down, but Leben grabs the fence and loses a point. They clinch again with Leben throwing lots of knees, and then Martin hitting some of his own as the round ends.
They come out throwing wild punches to start the second round too, and Leben connects quite a few knee shots to the body. Martin presses him against the cage and Leben uses several foot stomps to try to create some distance. Thatís the way a good portion the round goes, with Martin trying to clinch and press Leben into the fence, and Leben defending with stomps. Martin takes Leben down and works for side control, but Leben gets him in the guard. Martin hits some body shots and hammer fists, but Leben gets a triangle choke, but isnít able to completely cinch it in. Leben is aware of it, because he constantly tries to adjust and sink the choke, but time runs out before he can do so.
Martin starts with a quick combo and backs Leben into the fence and lands a couple of shots. They clinch up and Leben hits a couple of knees. Both guys look pretty spent, and Mike and Joe mention how quickly Terry dispatched his last few opponents. Martin takes him down and they go into the guard, with Martin hitting body shots. They stand up on their own and start trading shots. Martin lands a big right, but Leben sucks it up and levels Martin with his own big shot and Leben gets the win by KO.
JON KOPPENHAVER vs. JARED ROLLINS (The Ultimate Fighter VI Finale)
This is a case where the video preview helps out, because itís made clear that Jared and Jon donít like each other at all, which explains why they seem to be going full throttle. Jared charges in, eats a kick, but manages to take Jon down, and Jon gets Jared into his guard. They get to their feet and this time itís Jon taking down Jared and winding up in his guard. They spend the rest of the round in that position, but by no means is it boring, because both of them fight like mad, throwing elbows and fists, to try to take control. Jared winds up busting open Jon under the eye. Thereís really no attempt made to pass the guard, theyíre both seemingly content to pound on each other. Itís not the smartest fight in the world, but itís damn sure exciting and fun to watch.
Jon hits a couple of shots to start the found, and Jared answers back with a punch of his own and a knee to send Jon into the cage. To the ground they go and itís more of the same, with them trying to control the fight on the mat via striking. It doesnít last all round this time, and Jon looks for the mount, and Jared goes to the side to avoid it, but Jon winds up taking his back and looking for a rear naked choke, although he canít cinch it. Jared gets to his feet and starts reigning down punches but Jon covers up and they head to round three.
Instead of coming out swinging, they both try for a takedown, and Jared takes him down and starts to ground and pound, but Jon is able to block. They get stood up and this time Jared takes down Jon, but Jon gets a quick reversal and starts to ground and pound and the ref calls it.
ROGER HUERTA vs. CLAY GUIDA (The Ultimate Fighter VI Finale)
This another one that starts off rather quick, Roger gets a high kick and then throws a few jabs. Clay takes him down, but Roger goes into a butterfly guard. They get to their feet and Clay takes him down with a big slam, then he looks for side control. Roger tries for a heel hook, but Clay escapes and then takes Rogerís back, but Roger quickly escapes that and hits a knee, and Clay gives one right back, but Clayís was illegal since Roger had a knee on the ground and Big John gives him a warning. They go back to the ground and Roger looks for a Kimura, but Clay gets his back again and rolls to the side for a choke. Roger escapes the choke attempt and goes into the guard, and tries for an armbar but isnít able to get it on all the way and the round ends. Thatís only the first round and this already looks like a fight thatís taylor made for this sort of compilation.
They both start out throwing heavy leather, but Clay takes Roger down, and Roger gets up before heís in too much trouble. Thatís how most of this fight winds up going, Roger stick with striking, only for Clay to take him to the mat and Roger usually escapes before heís in big trouble. Again, itís not the greatest thing to read about, but itís really exciting to actually watch. When Roger gets up, Clay is primed to hit another knee shot, but sees that Rogerís knee is on the mat and holds off, and it lets Roger hit an uppercut, but Clay takes him back down before Roger can do too much more damage. The round ends on a high note, with Roger doing a sprawl to block a takedown, but Clay hadnít shot in yet, and with Roger open, Clay hits a big shot and finally gets him in a compromising position and tries to win via strikes, but the round ends before he can do so.
They both come out swinging again, and Roger stuns him with a knee. Clay looks to take him down again, but this time Roger is able to block and avoid them. Clay attempts a takedown and Roger spins out, gets his back, and hooks in a rear naked choke for the win.
The 411: What an awesome DVD! During the reviewing of this I literally had at least half a dozen of these fights picked as my new favorite UFC Fight of all time. This is definitely a DVD to grab.