In what is becoming one of my most anticipated products of each year, Anchor Bay has released the third edition in their Ultimate Fight Collection in a gigantic 20 disc DVD set. For the past two years, these DVD sets got some of my best reviews, so there was a lot to live up to with this years set, and I am happy to say that it lived up to the standards set by its predecessors, with a few changes that may make it better for some, worse for others. Let’s dive in and take a look!
This massive set includes all UFC events consecutively from July 2012 to June 2013, which is UFC 148 to 161, including UFC on Fuel, FX, and Fox events, as well as TUF finales. That adds up to 30 events total and hours upon hours upon hours of footage (around 3200 minutes of footage to be exact). You can now relive Anderson Silva VS Chael Sonnen 2, the rise of Chris Weidman when he knocked Mark Munoz out with an elbow that catapulted him to the number one contenders spot in the UFC middleweight division, Jon Jones decimation of Vitor Belfort (and Vitor’s armbar that almost ended the fight early), the UFC’s first trip to China with Cung Le VS Rich Franklin, Georges St. Pierre’s (arguably) most impressive title defense against Nick Diaz, and the first ever women’s MMA fight in the octagon with Ronda Rousey VS Liz Carmouche, among many others.
It’s hard not to write this review and turn it into one giant list of all the great fights you will receive, but that is the best highlight of these Ultimate Fight Collections. Instead of having nearly 30 separate DVD cases, you will have them all stored in one long book format that makes for an attractive display, especially when stacked up with the previous two releases. This set is also the only way to get all of the televised events like those aforementioned Fox shows, so if you want to relive the TUF finales and Henderson VS Diaz, Belfort VS Bisping, and Nogueira VS Werdum to name a few events.
Since this set crams 30 events into this format, there is a downside in terms of content. One of my nitpicks with the earlier two sets was the special features. Namely, I complained that some of these features were nothing too special (other than some of the backstage stuff) and took up room that could have been left for more fights. This year, there are absolutely no special features, which leaves room for more fights and events. Unfortunately, this set remained as a 20 disc set and has not added more events. Due to that, very few of the events contain any prelim fights (the majority of the events do not). This is the price we pay for more solid content, and I am fine with the lack of special features if it means more fights, but I am hoping that next year, we see a few more discs, especially with the sheer volume of fights there were in this time period.
Overall, this is a tremendous collection of action with the only downside being that I want to see more fights, in spite of the 150 bouts that already exist in this set. To be honest, that is hardly a downside at all when you look at the big picture. You can order the “UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2013″ on Amazon.com for around $80, which is the cheapest this set has ever been! At that price for that many events, all in one convenient box, this is arguably the best Ultimate Fight Collection that has been made so far. Granted, there are only three so far including this one, but with the amount of fights you get and at this unbelievably low cost, there is no reason not to buy this one. This will make the perfect gift for a fight fan this holiday season, or any time of year, so pick this one up right away!