Judge Cynthia Boris knocks out this review with the help of her own future UFC champ.
"I'm Fitch, bitch."
Coming off of an action-packed UFC 86, UFC 87 slows down the pace with a series of bouts likely to be forgotten soon after the show is done. The live event took place on August 9, 2008 in Minneapolis and was broadcast on Pay Per View with a pre-show on SPIKE-TV. This DVD includes an edited version of the PPV event along with four additional bouts that weren't aired.
The event starts with a bout not shown on PPV, Ben Saunders vs. Ryan Thomas. Good groundwork by Thomas has him almost taking it in the first round but it's a well-placed body kick that ends this fight. Thomas is good but Saunders' is a more well-rounded fighter and that gives him the edge.
Next up is Steve Bruno vs. Chris Wilson, another bout not seen on Pay Per View. Wilson gets the upperhand pretty quickly in this fight then bit by bit he breaks Bruno down. It's close call after close call with Bruno struggling to stay alive but the end is clear right from the start.
The third fight is also new on this DVD. It's Andre Gusmao vs. Jon Jones and it's one of the least memorable fights on the whole card. Gusamao comes in with a grappling background with Jones more of a wrestler—really nothing here to see.
Next up is Cheick Kongo vs. Dan Evensen. This is another fight that's barely worth watching. Kongo has the advantage most of the time keeping Evensen well in check. Don't expect much excitement in this one-sided bout.
The final preliminary is another sleeper that wasn't shown on Pay Per View. It's Tamdan McCrory vs. Luke Cummo in a fairly tame fight that will be forgotten moments after you watch it.
The DVD kicks it up a notch when it moves into the main card bouts.
Great groundwork is the hallmark of the fight between Jason MacDonald vs. Demian Maia. MacDonald has been slowly rising in the ranks in the world of UFC and is currently running on a no loss streak. You'll enjoy the skill and action in this bout.
There's a lot at stake for Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring. Lesnar is coming off his first loss in the UFC so he's fighting more than just his opponent. He's got to prove that he has what it takes to be a champion. Former PRIDE fighter Herring is looking for an upset. Don't judge a book by its cover, Lesnar is a true heavyweight fighting with the speed of a lightweight. He dominates Herring in this exciting bout.
Things just keep getting better with Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta. This is the fight of the night, and maybe even one of the best of the year. These are two very skilled, evenly matched fighters and one of the most exciting three round bouts I've seen in a long while.
Don't look away for even a minute when Manny Gamburyan takes on Rob Emerson. Both fighters were introduced to the fight world during the Ultimate Fighter TV show. They come out swinging for the fences and it ends with an amazingly fast TKO.
Finally, it's Georges St. Pierre (#1 Welterweight in the World) vs. Jon Fitch (#2 Welterweight in the World). These are two, well-rounded fighters in for the toughest fight of their lives. Though it may seem like GSP has the upper hand during most of the fight, Fitch's heart keeps him in and its an epic war between two giants in the sport.
As is always the case with these UFC DVDs, the video and audio quality are top notch. You'll see the sweat flying off these guys and hear the thump of every hit. If you're a big UFC fan, you'll enjoy the extras, which, in this case, are a little better than some. You have "Countdown to UFC 87," which was a special originally shown on SPIKE TV, gives you a good look at the training of the lead players.
"Behind the Scenes" takes you into the locker rooms and shows you how the fighters prepare before the fight. There's also an in depth look at GSP's entire history as a fighter. Note that this featurette refers to the winners of the bouts so don't watch it until you've watched the full fight card.
"Weigh-Ins" can be of interest if you've never seen the process in action but it's nothing special. Lastly, "UFC.com Featurettes" are a series of interviews with the preliminary fighters originally shown on UFC.com.
MMA fans will agree that overall, UFC 87: Seek & Destroy isn't
the best event of the year, but a couple of great fights make it worth checking
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