Summer 2010 found Quinton Jackson at a higher level of visibility than at any point in his career. The mixed martial artist who goes by the nickname of "Rampage" not only found himself fighting Rashad Evans at UFC 114 in May 2009, but reprised Mr. T's role of B.A. Baracus in Joe Carnahan's big-screen interpretation of The A-Team. Jackson's rise to stardom is chronicled in the UFC-produced Rampage Greatest Hits .
Over the course of the two-plus hours of time, the disc shows some of Jackson's fights and provides a quick review of his career. It's surprising to see Jackson's losses mentioned here, since such negatives aren't part of the story that most fighters want told, and while it doesn't show the complete fights where he loses, the clips are surprising enough, in that they're actually included in this retrospective. However, if you're a Rampage fan, you get more than your fair share here, with ten fights spanning the Pride and UFC days. The list of fights on the disc is as follows:
Pride 17: Rampage vs. Yuki Ishikawa
Pride 22: Rampage vs. Igor Vovchanchyn
Pride 25: Rampage vs. Kevin Randleman
Pride Final Conflict 2003: Rampage vs. Chuck Liddell
Pride Critical Countdown 2004: Rampage vs. Ricardo Arona
UFC 67: Rampage vs. Marvin Eastman
UFC 71: Rampage vs. Chuck Liddell
UFC 75: Rampage vs. Dan Henderson
UFC 92: Rampage vs. Wanderlei Silva
UFC 96: Rampage vs. Keith Jardine
For the most part, the fights are good, and the Arona fight is particularly thrilling. Arona, on the ground with his legs wrapped around Jackson's shoulders, is picked up by Jackson and slammed to the mat, and Arona is knocked out in the process. Moments like that, where the momentum in a sporting event is changed so dramatically, is one of the reasons why people enjoy the sport.
All in all, Rampage Greatest Hits is pretty self-explanatory and shows you Jackson's best fights. This provides those not familiar with Rampage or MAA with a brief glimpse into one of the most charismatic fighters in recent memory.
Rampage Greatest Hits handles both 1.78:1 widescreen and full-frame video source material adequately enough. The production values improve as the fights are more recent, and while high-definition level of detail isn't present, it's a capable presentation that is faithfully reproduced for Blu-ray audiences.
The disc has two-channel stereo on it, which is a slight disappointment, but I'm guessing that this is also due to the production values improving as the years went on. All of the action occurs in the front channels, and I had hoped that things were a little more immersive from a crowd perspective, but it's acceptable listening material and I don't have a complaint.
Do promos for other UFC video titles count? No? Well then, there aren't any extras.
In a nutshell, Rampage Greatest Hits is just that, with very little in the way of filler or fluff. You get the guy, the big silver chain he wears around his neck, and the highlights to date of his fighting career. One can only hope he has highlights both in the Octagon and on the silver screen in the future. Worth checking out for Rampage super fans.