The year is almost over and despite a year to forget with injuries there were enough great fights for the UFC Ultimate Fight Collection to return for the third year in a row. For those unfamiliar, the UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2012 is the best 200 fights inside the Octagon between July 2011 (UFC 132) and June 2012 (UFC 147) all in a 20 DVD box set.
Anchor Bay Entertainment and the Ultimate Fighting Championship bring fans over 50 hours of footage, including more than 75 fights never before available on DVD with the UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2012 and it set to hit store shelves on November 6th. Lucky enough to get our hands on one before they hit stores we wanted to bring are fans an exclusive product review of this great collection.
The UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2012 comes in a rectangular hard cover case with a hard cover booklet that slides out of the left side. The cover and book insert art is a slightly holographic picture of current UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos and Frank Mir from their UFC 146 title bout (pictured). Both the case and booklet are very sturdy, are structured nicely and should last a long time with normal usage.
The booklet contains 12 cardboard pages and opens to a two page listing of all 20 DVD’s included in the collection, along with what event and fights from said event are included on each disc. While this is displayed cleanly and very easy to read, the absence of the events date is strangely missing. The next 10 pages of the booklet have sleeves for two DVD’s on each page with the disc number printed under the DVD. Only half of the DVD is shown, leaving lots of blank space from the middle of the page down.
That area would have been a perfect place for a brief description of the event, a picture of the event poster or even one of the fights on the above DVD.
Once you put in the desired DVD and get past the usual legal mumbo-jumbo you are treated to a main menu of music and a slide show of fight images similar to packaging. At the bottom you find the menu options where you can choose to watch the event or go to the chapters.
When you click the Event you get a highlight video of the event you are about to watch that concludes with the name of the event and date when it took place. You then move to the first fight and each fight after that from that event. Not every fight from the event is included, only the ones picked to make the 200 fights in the UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2012
When you click chapters you are taken to a different screen that shows the event along with the fights listed below it. You can choose any of the fights on the disc from here and you’ll watch the fight exactly how you would if you were watching it live, including the tale of the tape and post fight interview. Note that the next fight will automatically start right after the completion of the fight you were just watching.
Fights that you can expect to see in the UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2012 include the following: Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua at UFC 139, Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida at UFC 140 and Anderson silva vs. Yushin Okami from UFC Rio.
The UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2012 comes in DVD format only, so you’re getting a good quality picture Enhanced for Widescreen TV’s, just not the crisp picture that you’d get with a Blu Ray.
At a suggested retail price of $134.99, the UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2012 will be a shock to the system at first glance. You are getting a lot for your money, 200 fights and 50 hours on 20 discs comes out too just under .68 cents a fight, $2.70 an hour or $6.75 per DVD. The is also just the suggested retail price, we found that you can pre-order the set on Amazon right now for just $96.29.
The UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2012 is a great collect of the best fights inside the Octagon over a 12 month span. Yes there could have been a little more detail inside the booklet that would have put it over the top but really that’s just nitpicking. The UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2012 delivers the goods and would be a perfect addition to any mixed martial arts fans collection.
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If you’re thinking of getting the UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2012 you might want to check back here on Saturday as we will be giving one away.