2 Brit fighters feature on UFC 114: John ‘Hitman’ Hathaway in the opener, later on Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping backing up the main event bout.
British men can’t wrestle? Unbeaten Brit welterweight John ‘Hitman’ Hathaway puts in an awesome performance against Diego ‘Nightmare’ Sanchez, proving some of our home-grown mixed martial artists can compete with the American wrestlers.
This isn’t all about wrestling, but Diego’s wrestling is negated in this bout, enabling Brighton’s finest to implement his striking game.
Sanchez is a top level competitor, a good name to gain a win over for rising star Hathaway. London Shootfighters trained Hathaway does us proud, he’s a name to watch in the welterweight bracket.
The co-main event sees Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping collide in the cage with New Jersey boy Dan Miller.
The Count exhibits a similar display as fellow Englishman Hathaway, sticking to a game plan, thus keeping 99% of the 3 rounds of action upright. Fantastic performance from the Wolfslair team member.
Rampage vs Rashad: Could Bisping’s American stable-mate Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson impress in the money-match of UFC 114? Unfortunately this long awaited grudge match doesn’t live up to the hype.
A-Team movie star Rampage’s huge gap away from UFC competition gives him a disadvantage it seems, the ring-rust is evident, but is Rashad a bad match-up for Quinton? However it’s not void of thrills and spills, Evans against Quinton is still a good fight but expectations set by previous Jackson fights aren’t met. Rashad is the better man on the night. No doubt somewhere down the line these 2 warriors will do battle in the octagon once more, continuing their rivalry.
Biggest surprise to be found on disc 1 is contained within the heavyweight bout between Todd Duffee and Mike Russow, seeing a KO blow from out of nowhere by flabby Russow, flattening the ripped Duffee. A great example of what makes MMA the most exciting sport today.
Got to say Russow’s comments to Joe Rogan post-fight are comical, sounding less than chuffed with his overall performance.
Over on disc 2 you can see all the prelims, including TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah versus Korean competitor Dong Hyun Kim. Reliably as ever the second part of the set is loaded with extra features, as to be expected from the UFC and FightDVD.
UFC 114 – Rampage vs. Evans 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