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UFC 88: Breakthrough

First Look Pictures // 2008 // 274 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Cynthia Boris (Retired) // February 14th, 2009

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All Rise...

Judge Cynthia Boris' plan is to win fights...and the lottery.

The Charge

"Win fights, that's my plan."
—Chuck Liddell on his goals for the future.

The Case

On September 6, 2008, 18 fighters took to the ring in front of a sold-out crowd at the Philips Arena in Atlanta. It was an exciting night that changed the Mixed Martial Arts world forever. It was Ultimate Fighting Championship 88: Breakthrough! and now you can relive it all on DVD.

Breakthrough's biggest draw was a fight between undefeated "Sugar" Rashad Evans and Chuck Liddell, but any fight fan will enjoy this mix of rising stars and known talent. And face it, where else but at the UFC can you see a former Olympic wrestler and a Jeet Kune Do master mixing it up on the same night?

The full fight card is as follows:

205 lbs: Chuck Liddell (21-5) vs. Rashad Evans (11-0-1)

205 lbs: Rich Franklin (23-3) vs. Matt Hamill (4-1)

185 lbs: Dan Henderson (22-7) vs. Rousimar Palhares (8-1)

185 lbs: Nate Marquardt (26-8-2) vs. Martin Kampmann (16-2)

170 lbs: Matt Brown (7-6) vs. Dong Hyun "Stun Gun" Kim (10-0-1)

155 lbs: Thiago Tavares (13-2) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (15-4)

205 lbs: Tim Boetsch (7-2) vs. Mike Patt (11-2)

185 lbs: Jason Lambert (23-8) vs. Jason MacDonald (20-10)

170 lbs: Roan Carneiro (12-7) vs. Ryo Chonan (14-8)


If you are a big fan, or just looking for a good fight, this is an excellent bunch of intense bouts. Its a stacked card and is pretty fast paced, but there are a few bouts that stand out above the rest.

205 lbs: Tim Boetsch (7-2) vs. Mike Patt (11-2)

Tim Boetsch is an up-and-coming fighter with a background in Jeet Kune Do. He's been rising quickly in the rankings and his aggressive style leads to an exciting ending.

155 lbs: Thiago Tavares (13-2) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (15-4)

This match is a true test of heart and skill as two talented warriors battle it out. This one ends with a controversial submission. See it for yourself then join the debate. There may only be one winner but both of these fighters put it all out there on this one.

185 lbs: Dan Henderson (22-7) vs. Rousimar Palhares (8-1)

This pick is probably my favorite fight of the night. Dan "Hendo" Henderson is well known as an Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler. Famous for victories in both PRIDE and UFC, he has the talent and the heart to match; truly, one of the great men in Mixed Martial Arts. He goes up against a very dangerous opponent, Rousimar Palhares. Virtually unknown here in the US, the Godfather of Leg Locks is huge in Brazil. His groundwork is some of the best in the world. His nickname "Toquinho" translates to Tree Stump because of his huge limbs. Do not underestimate this guy. He is a quick, dangerous fighter and Henderson is an excellent opponent. Don't miss this exciting back and forth battle.

205 lbs: Rich Franklin (23-3) vs. Matt Hamill (4-1)

This is another exciting fight but with a twist. Franklin and Hamill are both Training partners and good friends which demonstrates the point that this sport is about respect, not anger and violence. Matt Hamill is deaf but he's out to prove that he can compete with the best of 'em. Rich "Ace" Franklin is a well-known and skilled fighter. They helped each other train and now they're going toe-to-toe for one night. This is one action packed fight that is very close right up until the end.

205 lbs: Chuck Liddell (21-5) vs. Rashad Evans (11-0-1)

There is no way I can leave this one out. The Liddell/Evans fight is one of the most gruesome knockouts in the history of Mixed Martial Arts. Both extremely talented fighters, they deliver the most unexpected ending in MMA today. You're going to want to watch this one over and over again.

As UFC DVDs go, this one is definitely worth the price. Like the others, the video and sound quality are excellent. The menus are slick and easy to navigate through and there are some good extras. Long time fan or just getting to know the sport, UFC 88: Breakthrough is a must see.

Great fighters. Great battles.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 88

Perp Profile

Studio: First Look Pictures
Video Formats:
• 1.66:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)
• None
Running Time: 274 Minutes
Release Year: 2008
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Martial Arts
• Sports

Distinguishing Marks

• Featurettes


• UFC 88 Official Site
• UFC.com

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