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UFC 88: Breakthrough (Ultimate Two-Disc Edition) [Import]
Over 4 hours of Content UFC Event Bouts 1988 Liddell vs Evans Franklin vs Hamill Henderson vs. Palhares Kampmann vs Marquardt Kim vs Brown Boetsch vs Patt Lambert vs MacDonald Carneiro vs CHonan Tavares vs Pellegrind exclusive prelim fights not seen on pay-per-view
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UFC 88 features a main event between undefeated 11-0 Rashad Evans and the most famous fighter in UFC history, Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell. Some much anticipated match ups went down before the main event though including 2 middleweight fights.
One being Nate Marquardt vs Martin Kampmann. Kampmann was coming off a win against Jorge Rivera at UFC 85 and Marquardt coming off a controversial split decision loss against Thales Leties at UFC 85. Kampmann is one of the smaller fighters in the middleweight divison and with Marquardt being one of the biggest opponents someone could face in the division, Kampmann has his hands full. This fight didnt last long and the fighter who won came to prove he has improved more then people thought.
The other middleweight match features Grecco Roman wrestling machine Dan Henderson against dangerous BJJ and leg lock specialist Rousimar Palhares. Many people didnt like this fight but if you know the history of these two competitors, it was an exciting fight. Palhares had gone through a tournament winning all 3 fights by leglock and Dan Henderson was coming off 2 straight losses to Anderson Silva and Rampage Jackson. I guess people didnt like this fight because the outcome was kind of predictable but there were some very exciting moments throughout.
There was also a light heavyweight match up between Rich Franklin and Matt Hamill. This was Franklin's debut in the LHW division and Matt Hamill was a good opponent to fight. Fight doesnt go the distance but the man who wins showed why he is still one of the best fighters out there.
The main event is a fight not to be missed. They play the end of it all over TV constantly. Probably the most devastating knockout strike in recent UFC history since Cro Cop/Gonzaga. Almost everyone though Chuck Liddell had the fight in the bag and would hand Rashad his first loss in his professional MMA career. He definately proved a lot of people wrong, including me. If you buy this dvd for one fight, this is the one!
UFC 88 Fight Card:
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)
The title of this event is very justifiable. Rashad Evans, TUF 2 Champion, is fighting the poster boy of the UFC in Chuck Liddell. He sat back and let Chuck push the pace and caught Chuck, knocking him out. He definitely made a statement and went on to win the belt.
The main event was a great fight. Rich Franklin vs Matt Hamill was a good fight as well, but it is frustrating to see someone like Hamill not use his wrestling talent and mainly strike. Then again seeing how Franklin is pretty much the reason Hamill has a career with the UFC right now I'm sure he had a lot of mental issues in this fight.
I love all MMA events but this one only gets 3 fights because I'm revising my review system. To get 4 and 5 stars the event has to be pretty damn good or satisfy some of my bias towards certain fighters. (Just being honest) Many of the fights on this card were run of the mill and nothing spectacular. I'd recommend it for any hardcore MMA fan or Rashad Evans fan.
The DVD special features are not the usual fighter followings, but it shows the camera crew go through the UFC event. It was a nice change.