In the world of the Ultimate Fighting Championships, when the big boys otherwise known as the heavyweights step into the Octagon the action is fast, furious and is usually over pretty quick. Out yesterday from our friends at Anchor Bay Home Entertainment is the very first UFC to feature a main card that was entirely loaded with heavyweight bouts. Get ready for “UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir”.
In their return to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada this fight card in the month of May saw a lot of changes on the card as Alistair Overeem who was scheduled for a title fight, failed a Nevada State Athletic Commission drug test with elevated testosterone levels, and his removal from the card saw multiple changes that broke down like this.
As a part of the preliminary card; Mike Brown went against Daniel Pineda in a Featherweight bout, Glover Teixeira and Kyle Kingsbury went head to head in a bout of up and coming fighters in the light heavyweight division. Wrapping up the portion of the card that aired on Facebook; Paul Sass took on Jacob Volkmann in a lightweight bout.
When the card moved to TV, either on FX for our neighbors to the south or on Rogers Sportsnet here in Canada we got bouts in the welterweight division between Dan Hardy and Duane Ludwig, a trip to the middleweight division as CB Dollaway and Jason ‘Mayhem” Miller went toe to toe. We also saw a matchup in the lightweight division that saw the return of Jamie Varner to the octagon as he took on Edson Barboza and the preliminary card wrapped up in the featherweight division as Diego Brandao and Darren Elkins went to war inside the cage.
Then the PPV began and it was all about the heavyweights as the show kicked off with Stefan Struve vs. Lavar Johnson followed by Stipe Miocic vs. Shane Del Rosario and Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson vs. Dave Herman. The co-main event of the evening saw former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez step into the cage with imposing newcomer Antonio ‘Big Foot Silva’ and in the main event for the UFC World Heavyweight Championship, the challenger for two time champion Frank Mir went toe to toe with the champion Junior Dos Santos.
To put it simply, from top to bottom this was an event that was great fun for anyone who likes to see somebody get punched in the face. Of the 12 fights on the card, only three of them went to the judges score card, and six fights were decided by either TKO or KO. There were some great fights that saw several fighters in different weight classes make statements about where they are in the fight game, in particular with the heavyweight division that hasn’t looked this interesting in a couple of years. You have to believe it is the kind of fight card that the UFC enjoys as it unquestionably sent the fans home happy feeling their money was well spent.
Special features on this two disc set include the countdown to UFC 146 show, the weigh in show, a look behind the scenes of the event and some UFC promos.
With “UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir” it caters to the hardcore fight fan that loves to watch two men stand in the middle of the octagon in the gladiatorial spirit and just trade shots with one another to see, at least on this night who is the better man.
4 out of 5 stars.
“UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir” probably isn’t available to rent at video stores across the country; however you can pick it up at all major retailers like HMV or amazon.ca.
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