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UFC 117 – Silva Vs. Sonnen:  A must own!

By: J. Alex Mattis

Today, October 19, 2010, Anchor Bay released the DVD edition of UFC 117 – Silva Vs. Sonnen. Taking place on August 7th and emanating from Oakland, California, the main event of the stacked card pitted the UFC’s Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva, against his most brash challenge to date, Chael Sonnen.

The Event:

Leading into the fight most were wildly entertained by the unrelenting trash-talk supplied by Sonnen on a seemingly daily basis, but little had faith in the challenger actually winning the fight. When the talking was over; Anderson Silva was beaten up to lengths no one could have imagined. In the end, however, the spirit and will of a true champion prevailed as Silva pulled off the, arguably, greatest comeback victory in the history of the sport. There has been some negative fallout from this fight due the questionable preparation of Chael Sonnen, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that this was an incredible war. Silva-Sonnen is just one of those fights that can be watch over and over. I’m hard pressed to think of a better title fight in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

In the co-main event of the evening, Jon Fitch went to 2-0 over Thiago Alves. This was a Jon Fitch fight (NOT A BAD THING), so you know what to expect.

The always exciting Clay Guida fought the very underrated Rafael dos Anjos in a very entertaining fight with a rather uncomfortable ending. (Listen carefully in Clay’s corner after the 2nd round)

The most eyebrow-raising performance of the event may have belonged to Matt Hughes. Hughes displayed his constantly evolving stand-up and finished off BJJ wiz, Ricardo Almeida, in a fashion no one predicted (or had seen before in the UFC).

The main card kicked off with a memorable, and sure to be on the best of 2010 DVD, fight between Junior Dos Santos and the TUF 10 winner, Roy “Big Country” Nelson. What the world learned in this fight is how fantastic Junior’s hands are and how tough Roy Nelson is. It proved to be Junior’s biggest, and roundest, test to date and he certainly passed. With this win is Junior is now set to tangle with the winner of the Cain-Brock (!) title fight.

The prelims also featured a handful of entertaining fights and finishes:

-Stefan Struve supplied a very, very memorable comeback that is destined for highlight reels for years to come.

-The limitless potential of Phil Davis was further displayed.

-Johny Hendricks continued his hot streak.

-Rick “The Horror” Story picked up a much needed win, and a dominate one, over the always crafty Dustin Hazelett.

The Bonus Features:

-Countdown to UFC 117 (Featuring the oh’ so fun quips of Chael Sonnen)

-Weigh-In Show (Featuring the famous Anderson Silva “look-away”)

-Behind the Scenes (An interesting mix of actual behind the scenes footage and fighting techniques taught by the likes of Sonnen and Hughes)

-UFC.com Featurette

The Presentation:

The boxart for the 2-disc set is fairly standard for the PPV releases. If you collect UFC DVD’s you’ll know what to expect. Disc 1 features an image of Chael and Anderson mean-muggin’, but if you’re craving an out-of-date picture of shaved-head Jon Fitch and a very gaunt looking Thiago Alves then disc 2 will have you covered.

The easy-access menus are also fairly standard with video montages of the event and some epic, 300 sounding music accompanying them.

DVD Details:

Main Card:

UFC Middleweight Championship Bout – Anderson Silva © Vs. Chael Sonnen
Jon Fitch Vs. Thiago Alves
Clay Guida Vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Matt Hughes Vs. Ricardo Almeida
Roy Nelson Vs. Junior Dos Santos

Preliminary Card:

Dustin Hazelett Vs. Rick Story
Phil Davis Vs. Rodney Wallace
Johny Hendricks Vs. Charlie Brenneman
Tim Boetsch Vs. Todd Brown
Stefan Struve Vs. Christian Morecraft
Ben Saunders Vs. Dennis Hallman

Duration – 336 Minutes
16:9 Widescreen
Spanish Commentary

…oh, and it is the ULTIMATE (!) 2-Disc Edition!!!!!

*Photo and video courtesy of UFC.com