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Ultimate Fighting Championship Classics, Vol. 5
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Manufacturer: Lions Gate
Starring: Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 3.5/5Average rating of 3.5/5Average rating of 3.5/5Average rating of 3.5/5Average rating of 3.5/5

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Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: DVD
EAN: 0031398198468
Format: Color
Label: Lions Gate
Manufacturer: Lions Gate
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2006-08-15
Running Time: 120
Studio: Lions Gate
Theatrical Release Date: 1995

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Editorial Reviews:

Things get ugly in The Ultimate Fighting Championship Volume 5: Dan "The Beast" Severn returns ready to pound his opponents into submission and a bonus SUPERFIGHT features the much-anticipated battle between Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock in a stunning effort to declare a champion!System Requirements:Running Time: 120 MinutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: SPORTS/GAMES Rating: NR UPC: 031398198468 Manufacturer No: 19847

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Summary: SAFTA vs. Nude Steakhouse
Comment: On the whole, kind of a subpar event. Fights weren't as exciting as the first four UFCs, the Gracie-Shamrock "superfight" was a superbore. However, UFC 5 does contain my favorite fight of all time: The SAFTA man vs. the Nude Steakhouse guy!

The show opens with Jon Hess, co-founder of "SAFTA" fighting systems (don't ask) vs. Andy Anderson, owner of the "Totally Nude Steakhouse" chain in Texas (classy places, no doubt). Hess, who claims to be in great shape yet is built like Baby Huey, tosses David Carradine-style martial arts serenity out the window and announces he's there "to break people." Anderson, sporting a huge potgut and a face like the back end of a horse, steps in ready for combat wearing clown pants guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of any opponent. For the next 90 seconds, Hess flails around like a 3rd grader in a playground fight yet still manages to kick the walrus pus out of Anderson, who ends up partially blind in one of his eyes from Hess's gouging. If you're tired of the precision punching and fluid technique of the Chuck Lidells and Nogueiras of the world, this fight is for you...two laughably untalented oafs engaged in a ludicrous techniqueless brawl that ends with Hess soccer kicking Anderson's head into the wall. Priceless.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5
Summary: Stalemate
Comment: The superfight was a 35 minute fight nobody wanted to see. Ken did a great job of making this one of the worst UFC's. Ken is one of my all time greatest fighters, but if you dont want to fight dont get into the octagon.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5
Summary: Terrible Event
Comment: I've seen almost all of the UFC events, and I assure you that this is one of the worst ones available on DVD. The superfight between Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie did not live up to the hype even in the slightest, and it was mostly just Ken Shamrock laying on top of Royce Gracie in a defensive Jiu-Jitsu posture for about 35 minutes. It was one of the top 3 worst fights I've personally been exposed to in the UFC, and the other fights(with the exception of just a couple) in this event were not that impressive at all. And the main event consisting of Dan Severn winning the championship, also, was not that impressive at all.

I do not recommend spending even 4-5 dollars on this product, and I recommend purchasing UFC 6 instead, which is the debut of "Tank" Abbot.

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Summary: Three future legends, two destinies...one winner.
Comment: This tournament had a little of everything.

Andy Anderson vs. Jon Hess was a typical UFC opener, i.e. baaaad. Hess uses seemingly every $1,000 infraction in the book and Anderson does little more than take it. Larry Cureton vs. Todd Medina saw two pure standup strikers go to the ground almost immediately. Medina wins via front choke. Next, powerful veteran grappler Oleg Taktarov takes on overmatched Ernest Verdecia...and finds himself at a disadvantage for nearly the entire fight, turning it around only at the very end to win. Clearly, something's not right with him. And the fearsome but still uncrowned Dan Severn grapples with strong Joe Charles and slowly but very surely dominates him. The semifinal has Dave Benetau step in for the, er, unwilling Hess; he eliminates Medina in short order. And in a highly controversial showdown, Taktarov fails to get any effective offense against Severn, who eventually pounds him in the face until John McCarthy calls for a stoppage over Taktarov's protests.

Then it's time for inaugural Superfight, the titanic rematch between Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock (and incredibly the second and last time they'd ever face each other). It would last 36:06, the longest fight in UFC history. This was one for the ages...but not for the reasons everyone thought it would be. And there would be controversy. Would Gracie have gone to his back if he'd known that it'd make him helpless? Could Shamrock have somehow, at some point, gotten more aggressive? In the end, neither would win. But in a sense, perhaps that's appropriate. Why should the sports first megafight have a simple resolution?

And then it's all over but the newest star looking to make it official against Beneteau. To Beneteau's credit he didn't go down easily...for a while. But the same destiny that prevent a winner in the Superfight seemed to be pushing for one here.

In all, it was a true clash of the titans with more than its share of twists and turns. An exciting, entertaining night...but you'd expect no less from MMA.

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Summary: The Return of the Beast and the first Superfight!
Comment: With ferocity never quite seen before in the relatively short life of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC); wrestler Dan "the Beast" Severn steamrolled thru his first two opponents in UFC IV, placing him in the finals against the most decorated fighter in UFC history. His Greco-Roman skills were put to the test against Royce Gracie in a 15 minute battle. Unfortunately, for Severn the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert was able to secure a triangle choke forcing him to tap out. Fast forward 5 months later to the Independence Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, where once again Severn would have an opportunity to win the UFC tournament. With experience on his side, he looked to take what he could not in the previous show.

Before UFC V, all UFC's centered on the main tournament. In this format, one fighter, Royce Gracie dominated all but one tournament in route to glory. Fresh off his latest tournament victory in UFC IV, Gracie was now asked to participate in only one fight dubbed the "Superfight". His opponent was a familiar foe, but eager to prove his skills in a rematch against the Brazilian. Ken Shamrock was back and finally got his rematch against Gracie, their bout would be scheduled for 30 minutes with a 5 minute over time period if needed.

The fighters involved in the main draw (tournament) were all for the most part rookies in MMA and the UFC.

Andy Anderson - A veteran of bare knuckle challenge matches who was short, but very bulky.

John Hess - A confident, agile, and serious big man ready to impose his style (SAFTA) on his opponents.

Larry Cureton - Another large fighter, who was a kickboxer.

Todd Medina - A religious man who listed "Jeet Kune Do" as his discipline. He was a big man first and foremost and was ready to win.

Oleg Taktarov - A Russian Sambo expert with experience in amateur competition. He looked on paper as a serious ground fighter.

Ernie Verdicia - The fighting Paramedic who was a Kempo stylist. He looked to use his fast hands to win.

Joe Charles - The "Ghetto Man" was back after a quick UFC IV fight. He was an expert in Judo.

Dan Severn - Decorated wrestler with experience (UFC IV) and redemption on his mind.

Dave Beneteau - Canadian wrestler with fast hands. He was very balanced for a fighter of his era.

The tournament would feature a rather large field of fighters of different disciplines. Still though, it was the fighters that knew how to fight on the ground that would separate themselves from the pack and emerge as threats. In this tournament an alternate would play a big role and a fight would be stopped due to blood. All in all, a good and rather quick tournament solidifying a place in history for the victor.

The first Superfight would be just that: Super. The fight was an epic in terms of time (36:00), but left many asking for more afterwards. Unfortunately, this fight would not produce a true winner.

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