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Ultimate fighting, ultimate knockouts.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has made a lot of noise over the past few years about the quality of its product. It boasts their fighters are superbly conditioned, the sport requires intelligence and skill, and only the best in the world have what it takes to succeed in the octagon. No longer is mixed martial arts (MMA) a place where a bar bruiser can stumble into a match and pound his way to victory, proponents of the sport claim. It now takes a serious grasp of martial arts, wrestling, and striking in order to compete.
All that is great, but it ignores much of the appeal of MMA; the chance to see brutal, skull-shaking knockouts. UFC president Dana White can crow about the technical nature of jiu-jitsu and how impressive the level of talent has become, but I'd wager that 99% of viewers would rather see a guy win by a flying knee to the head than by a kimura lock on the mat. In this regard, the UFC is well-situated to give its fans what they want to see.
The UFC delivers its latest collection of knockouts in UFC: Ultimate Knockouts, Vol. 6, an assemblage of 35 matches that all end in the most dramatic way possible. The bouts feature many notable fighters from the UFC, including Chuck Lidell, Chris Leben, Anderson Silva, Frank Mir, Forrest Griffin, Quinton Jackson, Matt Serra, and Keith Jardine.
The matches on UFC: Ultimate Knockouts, Vol. 6 are largely sourced from recent UFC pay-per-view specials (UFC 62 through 75) and the "Fight Night" events broadcast on the Spike television network. The action picks up mid-fight following a short introduction by UFC host Mike Goldberg. Veteran commentator Joe Rogan (Fear Factor) joins Goldberg for the majority of the matches and provides insight into the individual fighters and their actions.
For the most part, the knockouts are impressive, with plenty of hand strikes, flying knees, and leg kicks finishing off opponents. While there are a number of TKOs and stoppages in the mix that lack the "did you see that?!" element which fans like to experiences, there is also a good amount of skull-cracking, "lights out" action that gets the pulse racing.
A downside for UFC fanatics is that they may not find much new content with UFC: Ultimate Knockouts, Vol. 6. Many of these knockouts have already been rebroadcast on Spike network's "Unleashed" compilation shows or featured in other DVD releases such as UFC: Ultimate Comebacks.
The full-frame picture is on-par with other UFC products, meaning that viewers will get a sharp and clear visual experience with no defects. The 2-channel audio is also very well presented with pounding music and match commentary well-balanced throughout. There are no additional features.
UFC: Ultimate Knockouts, Vol. 6 delivers a solid mix of KO action in a quality package. If knockouts are what you want to see, this DVD delivers.
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