Wow, the Blu-ray UFC 100: Making History was on sale at a local used music/video store for $8.99! A good deal by Canadian standards.
After purchasing this, a search query was made for UFC PPVs on Blu-ray. Surprisingly this was the only UFC pay-per-view event released in high defintion. There were some other high definition releases, but they were compilations or best of series.
Anyway, I remember wathcing this live on PPV and the excitement it generated back it 2009.
According to the back of the case, the matches are as follow:
- DISC 1 – Main Card
- Brock Lesnar vs Frank Mir
- Georges St-Pierre vs Thiago Alves
- Jon Fitch vs Paulo Thiago
- Dan Henderson vs Michael Bisping
- Yoshihiro Akiyama vs Alan Belcher
- DISC 2 – Preliminary Fights
- Mark Coleman vs Stephen Bonnar
- Mac Danzig vs Jim Miller
- Jon Jones vs Jake O’Brien
- Dong Hyun Kim vs TJ Grant
- CB Dolloway vs Tom Lawlor
- Matt Grice vs Shannon Gugerty
Obviously the packaging is wrong by listing two discs. There is only one Blu-ray disc with the entire event on it. Thankfully, it starts with the preliminaries and ends with the main card.
The DVD version comes with two disc, and it looks like the packaging was reused for the Blu-ray release.
In addition, the order of the matches is different as “Jon Fitch vs Paulo Thiago” occurs before “Dan Henderson vs Michael Bisping”.
The UFC 100 card was exciting from top to bottom. Even the preliminaries were memorable! Here’s a quick impression of the matches as ordered on the Blu-ray disc.
Matt Grice vs Shannon Gugerty
Both competitors enter this match after a loss. Match ends with a guillotine midway through round one.
CB Dolloway vs Tom Lawlor
The match ends quickly and decisively at 55 seconds.
Dong Hyun Kim vs TJ Grant
Korea’s favorite Dong Hyun Kim faces a rugged up-and-comer TJ Grant.
Jon Jones vs Jake O’Brien
Future light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, displays unique abilities and has an impressive match.
Mac Danzig vs Jim Miller
A great match that goes for 3 rounds and a decision.
Mark Coleman vs Stephen Bonnar
UFC Hall of famer, Mark Coleman, makes a vintage performance with his ground and pound abilities.
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs Alan Belcher
Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama makes his UFC debut in a lackluster performance.
Jon Fitch vs Paulo Thiago
Paulo Thiago is undefeated entering this match, but Jon Fitch will be his toughest opponent entering this match.
Dan Henderson vs Michael Bisping
Ultimate Fighter coaches collide as a bitter feud is settled with the “H-Bomb” and a little extra at the end.
Georges St-Pierre vs Thiago Alves
Thiago Alves enters this match on a 7 fight winning streak and challenges Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight title.
Brock Lesnar vs Frank Mir
It’s a heavyweight title unification bout as the interim champion Frank Mir challenges the heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
Blu-ray Edits to the UFC 100 PPV
Alas, the Blu-ray does not contain the original PPV in it’s entirety. Key moments, but ultimately unimportant moments were edited out.
The order of the matches is different from the PPV. During the live broadcast, there were time constraint concerns. As a result, “Fitch vs Paulo Thiago” was bumped and ended up as the last match.
However, on the Blu-ray, “Fitch vs Paulo Thiago” is the second match on the main card. It is a logical choice that improves the pacing of the event as it is followed by the Ultimate Fighter coaches match, the welterweight title match, and the heavyweight title match.
Entrance Music Dubbed
Either the fighter’s walkout has been edited out, or their entrance music has been dubbed over poorly. At times the original music can be heard in the background of the dubbed music.
The dubbed music, on the other hand, is royalty free music that is bland, generic, and downright cheesy.
Unfortunately, it does take away from the excitment and build up of the matches. Forunately, though, the pre-fight vignettes and ring announcing remain intact.
Post-Fight Victory Edits
Some of the post-fight videos and interviews have been edited out. Most notable are:
- The slow motion replay of Dan Henderson’s extra punch
- Dan Henderson’s victory interview
- Brock Lesnar’s post-fight victory antics including flipping off the crowd, confronting Mir after the fight, foaming at the mouth, and slamming his head into the cage
- Brock Lesnar’s victory speech about Coors Light
Rating: Highly Recommended
It’s a high definition release and it looks great! Being the only UFC PPV released on Blu-ray earns it a recommendation.
The event itself earns the Blu-ray even more praise as the card is loaded with great matchups featuring hall of famers, title matches, a grudge match between Ultimate Fighter coaches, and a future light heavyweight title holder.
However, on the downside is the editing of the originally broadcast PPV. Classic non-fight moments were edited out and the fighters’ walkout music were horribly dubbed over. Though, the fights remain intact, they lose some of the PPV excitement and tension.
Thankfully the great fights also make it a worthwhile purchase as the whole card (including preliminaries) was exciting.
At $8.99, it was an easy decision to make this purchase.
Brock Lesnar’s Victory Speech: Coors Light
For obvious reasons, Brock Lesnar’s post-fight interview was edited. Simply put, sponsors were bad mouthed. Nonetheless it was a classic moment straight out of wrestling. It was sports entertainment at it’s best!
The following is a transcript of the infamous post-fight interview.
Brock Lesnar Post-Fight Interview
Congratulations, you got your revenge. Give us your thoughts on the fight.
I Love it! Keep going, keep going! I love it man.
You were very worked up, even after the fight, even after you beat Frank Mir down. You, you were still upset and got in his face. Te, Tell us why you’re still upset?
Frank Mir had a horseshoe up his ass! I told him that a year ago. I pulled that son of a bitch out, and I beat him over the head with it! Wooooooo!
Alright, now. You, your, you know, you don’t like promoting fights very much. You don’t like talking trash. You just like going in there getting the job done. You did it. You got it done tonight. You, you’ve only had five MMA fights ever and you’ve already avenged your one loss. Give us your thoughts about your future and what you expect next as a challenge to your title.
I love it. I love it. I’m going to go home tonight. I’m going to drink a Coors Light. That’s a Coors Light, cause Bud Light won’t pay me nothing. I’m going to sit out with my friends and family and hell I might even get on top of my wife tonight. See you all later!
Brock Lesnar, ladies and gentlemen.