I remember when this event was first announced, I could not wait to see it. On fight night I was glued to the TV, one of my all time favorite fighters was squaring off one more time in the rematch with the man he took the belt from GSP. I have always followed Matt Serra's career because he was the first American to receive a black belt from the great Renzo Gracie. Serra is one of my all time favorite fighters ever, his skill mixed with his charisma and excellent sense of humor are great. Also he is not afraid to say what is on his mind, watch The Ultimate Fighter seasons 4 & 6 to see what I mean. This is also by far the best DVD release from the UFC , and great card and a brilliant bonus disc with great features. I guess I should mention that below are some spoilers.
1.JONATHAN GOULET VS KUNIYOSHI HIRONAKA-now this was apparently not on the maid card shown on pay-per view, but for some reason I remember this fight. Any way this fight starts out great, what an explosive first round. Goulet was throwing all kinds of stuff on Hironaka, but Hironaka almost ends this fight at the end of the round. The second round is just as good and just as explosive, but with Goulet letting loose and taking the fight.
2.CAIN VELASQUEZ VS BRAD MORRIS-this fight is just as exciting as the last, only this one is stopped in the first. Cain Velasquez completely dominates Morris and ends this one in the first round.
3.SAM STOUT VS RICH CLEMENTI-the first round was an impressive round for Rich, but Sam did not let him end it. He escaped submission after submission, defended against a full mount. The second round seemed to go the other way, with Stout edging out Rich for the round. The third round is a close call and depending on whom you ask this fight could have gone either way. Rich ends up taking it by split descicion.
4.ED HERMAAN VS DEMIAN MAIA-the first round was a back and forth battle with a lot of submission attempts from Maia. The second round ends with Ed getting put into a deep triangle, a great win for Maia.
5.ALAN BELCHER VS JASON DAY-this is a very quick and exciting fight, Jason Day straight puts it on Alan. He is on his back and is still hurting Alan with punches, then ends it when they are standing.
6.JASON MACDONALD VS JOE DOERKSEN-the first round is an amazing display of ju-jitsu between two warriors going at it. The first round alone made this fight a classic. The second round ends in less then a minute as Jason knocks out Joe on the ground.
7.MAC DANZIG VS MARK BOCEK-the first televised fight of the night, and it was a very good opening bout for pay-per-view viewers. The first round was a great back and forth battle, especially on the ground. The second round starts with Mac delivering a beautiful knee that almost takes out Mark. From there out Danzig controls the rest of the round. In the final round Mac cuts Mark open with some good strikes, but Mark does not back down. In the end Danzig still takes it though with a nice rear naked choke.
8.MICHAEL BISPING VS CHARLES MCCARTHY-the first and only round is a good exciting round, Bisping comes with some nice strikes that end up ending the fight. Mccarthy could not continue after the first ended, although he had Bisping in an arm bar at one point.
9.KALIB STARNES VS NATE QUARRY-this is the infamous fight that showed what Kalib was all about. The first round was a taste of what was to come in later rounds, Nate bringing it and Kalib running. Round two just mimics the first with Kalib running from Nate, Kalib only swings when he has to. Round three was the same except Nate was doing the running man and making fun of Kalib. I have to give this fight five out of five solely for Nate.
10.RICH FRANKLIN VS TRAVIS LUTTER-I really did not know what to expect out of this fight. Franklin had been destroyed by Anderson Silva while Travis did much better against the champ, but Rich is one of the all time greats so it could go either way. Both came out good in round one with Franklin landing some good strikes and Lutter taking him down, mounting, and getting him in a nice arm bar. Franklin escapes the arm bar and the round ends nicely. Round two ends up being were the fight ends with Franklin out lasting Lutter and killing him with strikes.
11.[WELTERWIEGHT CHAMPIONSHIP] MATT SERRA VS GEORGES ST-PIERRE-next up was the main event. And in my opinion this was one of the biggest fights that the UFC has put forth for the audience as far as atmosphere and hype. I remember watching this live and thinking "wow this is a real life movie". And what I meant was the crowd was so loud and so for the home town hero who was going against the big bad evil American who had crushed their boy before. When Matt Serra came out and just walked right threw a very hostile crowd and in classic villain role threw up the two, as in "I will shock the world twice". The only thing I did not like about this DVD is that they changed Serra's entrance music, when it was live he came out to a cool sounding Rocky inspired track. Also I really didn't like how they turned up the music tracks on the DVD so you really can not hear the crowd reaction when they come out, it really was a very emotional reaction. Just listen to the soundtrack change in volume after the ref finishes talking to both of them in the center of the octagon. It was in my opinion the loudest night in the history of MMA. Both had a lot to prove in this fight, Pierre had to avenge the quickest and most dominate loss of his career and Serra wanted to prove that it wasn't a fluke. The first round was amazing, with Pierre taking Serra down two times and working some nice ground and pound. But Serra does not really get dominated in the first, it would be the second rounds were he really gets hurt. Round two sees both fighter do very well for the first half of the fight, but Serra really starts to get hurt towards the end. And with 20 seconds left Pierre gets the win after some vicious knees. I wish they would have left the original soundtrack on because that place exploded when GSP won that fight. My favorite thing about this fight is how both of the fighters act after the fight. Giving each other props and proving there was never really any bad blood. Also it goes to show you how classy the fans were that night because in the end they cheered just as loud for Serra after the fight as they did for GSP.
I have to say that this was the most emotional MMA cards I ever had the privilege of seeing. If there was ever a night to watch MMA it was that night in Montreal. Also the bonus disc is brilliant, it is by far the best the UFC has released. It has the UFC.COM featurettes, all the weigh-ins, a great and informative behind the scenes feature, and my favorite features the entire pre & post fight press conferences. This with out a doubt a must have DVD for any and all people out there, BUY THIS NOW.
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