2 Gorillas locked in a cage: Brock Lesnar versus Shane Carwin.
UFC 116, when Heavyweight champ Lesnar made the long awaited return to pay per view TV, following a nasty intestine illness, which the majority of us can’t pronounce, let alone spell correctly. Seeing as Lesnar was unable to defend the belt, Carwin fought Frank Mir to decide the Interim Heavyweight Champion, hence both fighters carrying gold straps over their shoulders on the front of the DVD.
Carwin was clearly the most formidable opponent yet for the former WWE superstar Brock. See the Countdown Show for all the low-down on the then unbeaten Carwin. It’s a great build-up, telling Lesnar’s story battling illness, getting back into champion condition ready to face his rival. The feature also showcases the training and ability of both competitors.
The “clash of the titans” epic main event bout alone is without a doubt worthy reason to purchase this double DVD release. Let’s take a closer look at this epic showdown:
In the pro-wrestling world Lesnar came from, the best wrestlers tell a story in the ring as opposed to just doing flashy moves. The plot here is of the then champ being pummelled by challenger Carwin in round 1, appearing to be down and out. Come round 2 we see Lesnar make the comeback overcoming adversity, thus earning the hearts of many fans in the process, who previously hated on the “heel” from the WWE.
Lesnar’s performance in the second stanza truly impresses, for the heart he shows coupled with pulling out a sidechoke submission win, for the first time, adding a new weapon to the ‘Next Big Things’ arsenal. Epic.
Another further value to UFC 116 is the world class middleweight clash between the always dangerous Ultimate Fighter alumini – Chris ‘The Crippler’ Leben and Japanese superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama. This global showdown will be remembered as a classic encounter, truly an adrenaline-fuelled fight, packed with thrills ‘n’ spills.
Leben v Sexyama (as he’s affectionately called by many fans) is a great example of what an MMA bout can be for the spectator, at it’s very best. A display of hearts and skills by both combatants that draws you in.
Leben’s triangle-choke in the latter half of round 3 is awesome. Following the win Chris calls out Pride legend Wanderlei Silva, the fighter originally penned in to face Akiyama. Leben has got to feature high in a top ten of exciting fighters, no doubt.
As you’d expect from FightDVD, UFC 116 comes complete with the full card of fights from the live event plus you are spoiled with stacks of extra footage, enjoy!
UFC 116 Lesnar vs Carwin 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