UFC 113 fight card includes 1 title bout, 2 last appearances, plus a number one contendership decider for the welterweight strap.
Streetfighting bad-ass Kimbo Slice makes his second official UFC appearance, following an impressive performance against Houston Alexander, demonstrating wrestling ability, evidence of Kimbo evolving to be a fully-fledged mixed martial artist.
Could Kimbo SLICE up ‘Meat’ Mitrione? Highlights are Kimbo’s slams in Round 1, for Slice fans, which unfortunately sapps the-street-certified-slugger.
The star shining brighter is Mitrione’s. Maniacally-ever-smiling Mitrione sticks to a game plan that works wonders. Sadly Slice’s star fades out, fighting his last bout for the UFC. Mitrione is like an overgrown kid, who happens to be lethal.
Josh Kosccheck versus Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley: Second last appearance of a fighter here, following Kimbo’s departure. Kos versus Daley was a fight with heaps of hype and heat leading up to UFC 113. Kos – hated heel, Daley – cocky Brit, who ordinarily would be the villain versus an American UFC fan favourite but Koscheck is no fan favourite.
The build-up banter included an online competition to design Koscheck a new hairstyle, featung wacky photoshopped pictures galore. Daley clearly the anti-hero fan favourite here.
Daley is resilient versus wrestler Kos, but unable to get in the much needed explosive stand-up offence. Aside from the photshop competition this fight will be remembered for Daley’s post fight cheap-shot to Koscheck, earning Daley a one way ticket out of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Marquee bout – Machida vs Shogun 2 confirms what most fans and pundits alike already knew, Rua was the better fighter. An impressive win for Shogun, a sad loss for ‘The Dragon’ but don’t worry we’ve not seen the last of Machida. That’s what I love about the UFC, fighter get a second chance unlike boxers.
UFC 113 2 disc DVD is loaded with 8 other bouts from the Montreal card, featuring a whole host of Canadian cage competitors. Plus all the usual must see bonus features including weigh-ins, Countdown show, and behind the scenes.
Behind The Scense takes an in depth look back at Shogun and Machida’s first epic encounter from UFC 104. Includes input from UFC matchmaker extraordinaire Joe Silva, commentator Joe Rogan, plus the fighters themselves.
UFC 113 is another welcome addition to any UFC fanatic’s DVD collection. Enjoy!
UFC 113 – Machida vs. Shogun 2 is out now on DVD, available direct from www.fightdvd.co.uk and all good retailers.
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UFC DVD review by Duane Farr