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UFC: Best Of 2010

Anchor Bay // 2010 // 315 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Kent Dixon (Retired) // April 16th, 2011

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All Rise...

Judge Kent Dixon fondly remembers his days in the Thunderdome.

Editor's Note

Our review of UFC Best of 2010 (Blu-ray), published September 24th, 2011, is also available.

The Charge

Two men enter, one man leaves.

The Case

It was another banner year for the UFC in 2010, as the international sporting phenomenon continued to grow in momentum, reach and popularity. It was a year filled with firsts and unbelievable matches, and fans will find many of those moments included with UFC: Best of 2010.

Some of the year's highlights included: the addition of seven international events on four continents; five new states and Canadian territories hosted UFC fight cards; Australia hosted its first UFC event in Sydney; UFC 112 became the first event held in the Middle East, staged at Yak Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; new business offices opened in China and Canada; the Canadian province of Ontario opened their doors to regulated MMA; new weight classes for 135 and 145 lbs.; UFC 121 brought the defeat of heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar at the hands of Kane Velasquez; Georges St-Pierre expanded his record of wins to an astounding 30 rounds, or two and a half hours of total domination in The Octagon; UFC 117 saw Matt Hughes set a new UFC record for wins at 18; and the hits just kept coming.

The 18 main fights are spread over two discs as follows:

Disc One
• Best of 2010 (Broad recap and highlights of the season)
• The New Era of the UFC
• New King of the Lightweights (Underdog Frankie Edgar steals the Lightweight belt from favorite BJ Penn)
• Sean Sherk vs. Evan Dunham (UFC 98)
• Joe Stevenson vs. George Sotiropoulos (Ultimate Fight Night, Oklahoma City)
• Lightweight Contenders (Profile of fighters in class)
• UFC Adds Weight Classes (New 135 and 145 lb. weight classes added in 2010)
• Georges St-Pierre (Fighter profile)
• Matt Hughes (Fighter profile)
• Matt Hughes vs. BJ Penn (UFC 102)
• Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald (UFC 103)
• Nate Quarry vs. Tim Credeur (Ultimate Fight Night, Oklahoma City)
• Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin (UFC 101)
• Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida (UFC 98)
• Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio Rua (UFC 97)
• Keith Jardine vs. Thiago Silva (UFC 102)
• Welterweight Contenders (Profile of fighters in class)

Disc Two
• Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Chris Leben
• Middleweight contenders (Profile of fighters in class)
• Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
• The Ultimate Fighter
• Lyoto Machida vs. Shogun Rua
• Rampage Jackson vs. Rashad Evans
• Brandon Vera vs. Jon Jones
• Jon Jones vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
• Light Heavyweight Contenders
• Heavyweight Contenders (Profile of fighters in class)
• Junior Dos Santos
• Minotauro Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez
• Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin
• Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez

As they did with the release of UFC: Best of 2009 Anchor Bay adds a ton of extra content here, from a behind-the-scenes featurette to no fewer than ten additional fights, spread over the release's two discs as follows:

Disc One
• Miller vs. Lauzon (UFC 108)
• Guillard vs. Lowe (UFC 114)
• Hardy vs. Condit (UFC 100)
• Siver vs. Winner (UFC 94)
• Sotiropoulos vs. Lauzon (UFC 106)
• Miller vs. Oliveira (UFC 94)

Disc Two
• Dos Santos vs. Gonzaga (UFC 103)
• Liddell vs. Franklin (Ultimate Fight Night)
• Sosynski vs. Bonnar (UFC 98)
• Couture vs. Toney

As we saw with the 2009 UFC "best of" release, image quality is above average, delivering solid color and contrast and impressive fine detail. Unfortunately, on the audio front we're only give a 2.0 mix that delivers well overall, but certainly falls short of creating the kind of immersive experience a 5.1 presentation could and should have delivered here. Between bonus matches, weight class summaries and fighter profiles, there's enough bonus content here to delight even the pickiest of UFC fans.

With more than 300 minutes spent in and about The Octagon, UFC: Best of 2010 gathers many of the year's most memorable highlights and landmarks from one of the most popular professional sports of our time. Fans of UFC will be delighted to add this yearbook to their libraries and casual viewers should check this out as a solid summary of a remarkable year for the UFC.

The Verdict

Not guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 87

Perp Profile

Studio: Anchor Bay
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• None
Running Time: 315 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Martial Arts
• Sports
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Bonus Matches
• Featurette



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