This holiday season, it may be hard to find that perfect gift for the UFC fan in your life. With equipment, supplements, memorabilia, and apparel, it may be hard to pinpoint the thing that will highlight their holiday and become the ‘favorite’ relative.
Well, look no further than the 2012 Ultimate Fight Collection.
The second installment of the year long time span put to box set, the 2012 edition covers from July 2011 until June 2012. In UFC terms, thats every single fight card from UFC 132 until UFC 147 with all the free cards in between. For a die-hard Wanderlei Silva fan you can see why those to bookend events are unfortunate for me. But I digress.
This beautiful box set is complete with 20 discs, 200 fights and over 50 hours of content with 16 Pay-Per-View cards and 15 free TV cards. This amounts to an immense set of memories to relive in any order you see fit.
Before I lose myself in the description of this fantastic set of footage that this box set contributes to my collection, there are a few minor problems that I must nit-pick on to inform the average consumer to save any unpleasant surprises that may occur upon purchasing.
First, right off the bat, you notice that the box at is the UFC 146 heavyweight title fight between Junior dos Santos. As we all remember, that was an extremely one-sided affair that wasn’t exactly fight of the year. Good fight, sure but not one quite box art material. Surely, Silva/Okami, Jones/Evans, or Rua/Henderson were bigger PPV headliners with more memorable outcomes.
Secondly, the first box set had DVD art the completed a certain page’s fight image that made for a visual treat every time you put a disc back in its spot, completing the image. This time around, in what seems like a production error each disc is literally placed in its respective sleeve upside down. Daunting at first, your eyes must adjust and read the upside down text to see what fight card you are selecting, while turning it right-side up hides the title of the card. Also, there is no image on the disc but instead an Octagon logo while the sleeves and surrounding area have a feint opaque image that is made harder to see by the ultra white theme of the collection.
Lastly, the commercial says that the best fights are included in this collection. The best fights are then determined by the makers of the collection. Now before you start to worry that pivotal fights are missing, breathe deeply. All the fights you need to see are on here. But would it have been so hard to fit the entire card on a disc and let the viewer use their DVD remote to decide whether or not he or she wants to watch the next fight to pop up on screen?
These are mostly aesthetic critiques and don’t hold sway over the quality of the content. From title fights that shaped entire divisions to the first ever flyweight fights with both cards that held the tournament bouts.
Overall, this is simply a must-have just based on how many memorable fights happened in the year-long time span covered in this box set. It is token of fandom for any UFC enthusiast and can easily become your favorite piece in any collection with the amount of content it gives back every time you open it up to relive your favorite moments from the past 12 months of the greatest sport on the planet.
Pay-Per-Views- UFC 132-UFC 147
Free TV Cards:
UFC on Versus: Hardy vs. Lytle
UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger
UFC on Versus: Cruz vs. Johnson
UFC on FOX 1: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
UFC TUF Finale: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller
UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller
UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs. Davis
UFC on Fuel TV: Sanzhez vs. Ellenberger
UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann
UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva
UFC on FOX 3: Diaz vs. Miller
UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Porier
UFC TUF Finale: Team Cruz vs. Team Faber
UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall
UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida
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