As I've just learned but you probably already know well if you're reading this review, MMA is a full-contact combat sport allowing a wide variety of striking and grappling techniques. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the largest MMA promoter. UFC bouts frequently appear on the cable network Spike, pay-per-view, and DVD. UFC rounds are five minutes in duration, segmented by one-minute rest periods. Non-title bouts consist of three rounds, while title bouts are five rounds. Bouts that go the distance are decided by the judges. Non-title UFC bouts are fought in octagons heavily festooned with advertising for the likes of energy drinks, malt liquor, and the U.S. armed services, by fighters wearing trunks sometimes pastered with advertising for fly-by-night realty flipping courses, typically in the basements of casinos before small audiences.
UFC: Ultimate Comebacks, released on DVD and Blu-ray disc, is a two-hour compilation of eleven non-title MMA bouts fought between November 2006 and December 2007, nearly all of which have previously been released on DVD. The theme of this compilation is bouts in which a fighter snatches victory from the jaws of defeat. Although these matches do mostly conform to this theme, one which ends by knockout 48 seconds into the first round hardly qualifies.
Though a couple of the fights managed to go to the third round, none went to a decision: four bouts end in knockouts, three in technical knockouts, and four in submissions. The most extreme comeback occurs in the bout between heavyweights Colin Robinson and Eddie Sanchez, while Jon Koppenhaver and Jared Rollins provide the bloodiest slugfest.
The first fight on the compilation between Pete Sell and Scott Smith is notable for its dramatic conclusion as well as the apparent camaraderie between the fighters. Sell and Scott became close friends during their participation in the reality television program Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback. That continuing friendship is evident in the match with frequent high fives, grins and hugs. This strong evidence of friendly competition between these fighters was enough to convince my wife to sit down to watch the bout and to stay for the rest of the disc.
The complete fight card for this compilation is as follows:
No subtitles are offered on this release.