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UFC re-writing history
on October 2, 2010
This set features many classic fights and is a worthy addition to any fight fans library, but is mainly targeted for the casual fan.
With that said, the set is missing many important, or otherwise, some of their greatest fights. When the concept of this set was created, SpikeTV listed X number of fights on their website and the fans voted the order. The top 100 from the poll were included in this set, in the order which they were voted. This created much controversy within the MMA community, when some of their biggest stars from the past and several key fights were nowhere found on the list of fights that the UFC allowed the fans to vote for.
Zuffa/UFC/Dana White decided to re-write history, by not including fights from fighters who were on bad terms with them or left to compete in rival promotions. Instead they only included bouts which shows their former draws lose to their current fighters (Tito Ortiz, Tim Sylvia, Nick Diaz, Josh Barnett, Ken Shamrock, and Vitor Belfort) or just pretend that others don't exist (Frank Shamrock & Andrei Arlovski). By them doing that, they ruined the credibility of a release that truly could have been something special.
Most notably are the lack of any Frank Shamrock fights (the UFC's first ever 5X MW/LHW Champ and their poster boy of the late 90's). Where's his stunning debut against the undefeated 2X Pan Ams champ Kevin Jackson? Where's his first title defense that ended with an absolutely brutal career ending KO? Where's the exciting grudge match against John Lober? Most importantly, where is his title defense against Tito Ortiz? It's a travesty that his title defense against Tito Ortiz is not included. The fight alone is widely regarded as the greatest fight of the UFC's pre-Zuffa era and is still regarded as not only one of the UFC's greatest fights, but as one of the greatest title fights in the short history of this sport we call MMA.
Shame on you Zuffa, UFC, and Dana White for trying to bury the past and re-write history to satisfy self-promotion, while giving the fighters, who made the UFC what it is today, a slap on the face.
A list of key fights that you won't find on this release and may want to look somewhere else, if you're expecting to find them here.
Frank Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz, Igor Zinoviev, Kevin Jackson, and John Lober
Ken Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz 1, Dan Severn 1, Kimo 1 & 2
Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler
Tito Ortiz vs. Wanderlei Silva, Evan Tanner, Vitor Belfort, Guy Mezger 1 & 2, Ken Shamrock 1-3, Forrest Griffin
Yves Edwards vs. Josh Thomson
Marco Ruas vs. Paul Varelens
Vitor Belfort vs. Tank Abbott, Marvin Eastman, Wanderlei Silva, Tito Ortiz
Josh Barnett vs. Randy Couture
Ricco Rodriguez vs. Randy Couture, Andrei Arlovski, Tim Sylvia
Andrei Arlovski vs. Pedro Rizzo, Matyushenko, Tim Sylvia 1 & 2, Marcio Cruz, Cabbage
Mark Coleman vs. Mo Smith, Don Frye
With the exception of the Don Frye fight, all of Tank Abbott's infamous early fights, including the Oleg fight are missing.
If you're new to the sport and want to see a little history of the UFC first hand and watch some of their best fights that were omitted from this release because of politics, the list I provided should be a good start for you.
***The Blu-Ray version includes all 5 episodes of The Ultimate 100 Countdown Show, which is Blu-Ray exclusive and not included on the standard DVD version***
There is also a production mishap, where discs 5 and 6 are labeled incorrectly. Disc 5 is actually disc 6 and vice versa.