Ultimate Fighting Championship Classics Collection, Vol. 1-4
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I also liked how these original tournaments addressed age old questions, such as which fighting discipline is the best, or can a David really beat a Goliath? I also like the classic way the tournament was run. 8 fighters began and winning fighters would advance to the next round to face each other until only one man was left standing as champion.
Yes, I agree that today's fighters are probably better than the ones you will see in these old tournaments, but these guys laid the ground work.
However, this collection isn't for everyone, hence the 4 star rating. Those of you who only discovered the UFC in the 2000s or later will barely recognize these events as the sport they love. A majority of the matches were highly chaotic and unbalanced. While watching Royce Gracie and Keith Hackney fight each other will likely be entertaining to a modern UFC fan, they would probably find it boring to see Gracie fight Ron Van Cleef in a disapointing one sided match.
The brutality of early UFC may also turn some modern fans off. As brutal as recent UFC fight may seem, they are rather tame and controlled compared to the nearly anything goes mentality of these early UFC events. Kicking grounded opponents, rabbit punches, punches to the groin, and knees to the head were all legal and frequently done.
Also note that these early UFC fighters did not train in what is considered to be the MMA fighting style common over the past few years. This meant that few fighters had a strong ground game and often flopped around on the ground when taken off of their feet.
If you are an old time fan of UFC, then stop reading and buy this set. If you are a newer fan, then it is probably worth checking out anyway, but don't expect the mixed martial arts you're familiar with.
This is the sport in it's early days (as far as the United States scene is concerned) where traditional martial arts were still the way. Fighters practicing one discipline and trying to prove it's worth. Eventually more and more rules would be enforced and the Gracie's would leave thinking the rules were too much.
Simply put, if you appreciate MMA and it's history, you can do no wrong picking these up. If you enjoy a spectacle you will also enjoy these. Otherwise you might just want to rent.
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Very old, so don't expect blue ray quality, but it's fun to watch the no rules fighting of yesteryear.Published 25 days ago by doug kurceba
This is a great box set for anyone who wants to see the brutal beginnings of the UFC.This is not random clips of fights, These are the full UFC events from 1993 with original sound... Read morePublished 11 months ago by William Salazar
Witness the beggining of the UFC, where it began....and how different it was with no rules and no time limite.... A must have for all mma fans!Published 16 months ago by mario
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