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April 7 2007 Live from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, UFC 69 was the first UFC event ever held in the state of Texas. The card was headlined by heavy favorite Georges St. Pierre defending his welterweight title against The Ultimate Fighter 4 welterweight winner Matt Serra. The co-main event was a rematch held between top welterweight contenders Josh Koscheck and Diego Sanchez
Welterweight bout: Luke Cummo vs. Josh Haynes
Welterweight bout: Marcus Davis vs. Pete Spratt
Middleweight bout: Thales Leites vs. Pete Sell
Heavyweight bout: Heath Herring vs. Brad Imes
Middleweight bout: Kendall Grove vs. Alan Belcher
Middleweight bout: Yushin Okami vs. Mike Swick
Lightweight bout: Leonard Garcia vs. Roger Huerta
Welterweight bout: Josh Koscheck vs. Diego Sanchez
Welterweight Championship bout: Champion Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Serra
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As to the fights themselves, there are four that I can point out as outstanding. In Sell vs. Leites, the winner of the fight puts on a clinic of Ju-Jitsu, ground and pound, and submission defense. Grove vs. Belcher starts out the main card with some amazing striking and a beautiful submission to decide the bout. Huerta vs. Garcia is a fight with lots of action, striking with fists and feet, ground and pound, you name it. Finally, the main fight of the night is electrifying, not only because of its technical aspects, but also due to the energy level of the gladiators and the crowd.
To sum it all up, there are some great fights here, but the overall quality of the DVD is damaged by some of the bouts and by the poor decision-making by the producers.
If there was a time for the saying "anything can happen in MMA", Matt Serra (11-1 underdog) proved it with his dynamite fists and knocking off and out George St. Pierre. Remember, George St. Pierre was just about to start his legacy with title defenses and most likely become the greatest welterweight in the post-Hughes era. But all that was derailed as Serra walked away with the win and the gold.
Who still believes in the saying "nice guys finish last"?
As good a Serra is, nobody gave him a snowball's chance in the hot spot of winning. It just goes to show how unpredictable MMA is. Serra's TKO victory over GSP (who, by the way, has nothing to feel bad about and I'm sure will be back in winning form before long) was just one in a series of stunning UFC upsets.
Overall, it was a pretty good fight card.
- No prefight/postfight interview, except main event
- No replay of the KO... or analysis of something in slomo.
- No victory celebration from the winning fighter... everything is cut.
- Main Menu setup looks extremely cheap starting from UFC 69.
Honestly, I don't understand... usually the tendencies are, that the quality of a product gets better with time. Clearly not the case with UFC DVDs. The last DVD that has prefight/postfight interviews to my knowledge, was UFC 54, and people made a huge deal about it. Obviously whoever's in charge of DVDs, doesn't care about the feedback...
On the flipside, if you get a WWE DVD, you get the entire event front to back. Nothing is cut out. All the promos, pyros, entrances, postfight BS, everything is left in there. If you haven't watched pro wrestling in a while, it's like you're watching it LIVE. Not the case with UFC DVDs. The only incentive to buy these DVDs now, is for the prelims. From now, I'm just gonna burn the events on DVD.
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No spoilers on how the fights end, just know that the majority of the fights are pretty darn good. Only a few go the distance and even the ones that go the distance are pretty... Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by Ty Randall Bourgeois
In honor of UFC 98 tonight I am going to review the UFC that happened here in my state, also Matt Serra won the welterweight title on this night. Read more
For those who haven't seen it, I won't spoil it here. This card features a fight that could have been fixed. Read morePublished on December 31, 2007 by MrLoki
I ordered this PPV live, so this review is being done after only seeing one undercard match. The main event was shocking and exciting, but ended very quickly. Read morePublished on July 1, 2007 by B. Anthony