No fight fan could have asked for a better start to 2011 than UFC 125. For those whose memory of the festive season is a little hazy this two-disc set is the perfect way to re-live one of the best title bouts in history.
The Main Event, between Lightweight Champion, Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard on New Year’s Day in Las Vegas is yet to be topped this year. While a draw was no-one’s ideal outcome, the twenty-five minutes which preceded it were of the highest caliber.
Edgar’s Rocky-like comeback after Maynard landed close to ninety strikes in the first round was nothing short of miraculous. For the Champion to survive, let alone debatably win the following four rounds is both a testament to his heart and ability. They say third time is a charm; UFC 130 has a lot to live up to!
The co-main event between Middleweights Brian Staan and Chris Leben was another barn-stormer, all be it a far shorter one. Staan looked very impressive with his first round TKO of the teak-tough Leben.
Clay Guida earned a submission of the night bonus and third victory in a row, by beating Takanori Gomi with a slick guillotine in round two of their lightweight bout. The now-exposed drugs cheat, Thiago Silva, smashed Brandon Vera’s nose to pieces in their one-sided Light-Heavyweight fight. Hopefully this is the last we’ll see of Silva and the lackluster Vera
Bonuses include The Countdown to UFC125 which was aired on Spike and the Official Weigh-Ins.
The second disc includes all six preliminary bouts, some of which are well worth a second look. Daniel Robert’s first round victory over Greg Soto via Kimura in the Welterweight division is very impressive, as is TUF 11 Alumni Brad Tavares’ round one TKO win over Phil Baroni in their Middleweight Bout.
The best of the preliminary bouts has to be Jeremy Stevens earning his third Knockout of the Night victory over Marcus Davis in their Lightweight clash. The “Little Heathen” was rocked early in round one by a big right hand from Davis and was behind on points, right up until he cleaned Davis’ clock at 2.33 of the third round with a devastating right hook that is destined for the highlight reel.
The bonus features on disc two are a highlight of the package. You can go behind the scenes and bear witness to the some of the fighters last minute preparation and thoughts in the locker room and see some of the bouts from the coach’s perspective. The post fight interviews backstage show the emotional rollercoaster the fighters experience in the aftermath of a war.
In addition, the fighter profile of Lightweight Champion, Frankie Edgar, is a must see. Through interviews with coaches, family and friends the champions journey from pee-wee wrestling in Toms River, NJ to the pinnacle of the UFC is chronicled.
All in all, this is one of the UFC’s better releases.
UFC 125 DVD is available at ufc.com for $19.95
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