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Ultimate Fighting Championship Classics, Vol. 6
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Manufacturer: Lions Gate
Starring: Tank Abbott, Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: DVD
EAN: 0031398198482
Format: Closed-captioned
Label: Lions Gate
Manufacturer: Lions Gate
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2006-08-15
Running Time: 114
Studio: Lions Gate
Theatrical Release Date: 1995

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Editorial Reviews:

The Ultimate Fighting Championship Volume 6 has it all: the debut of colossal legend David "Tank" Abbott one of the most gripping final matches ever and a bonus SUPERFIGHT between Dan "The Beast" Severn and Ken Shamrock!System Requirements:Running Time: 114 MinutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: SPORTS/GAMES Rating: NR UPC: 031398198482 Manufacturer No: 19849

Spotlight customer reviews:

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Summary: great UFC
Comment: This is where Ken makes up for that last crappy performance he made. Oleg is an actor too, he plays in 15 minutes with Robert Dinero. Watch the special features, Oleg talks about how he wanted to be an actor but couldnt speak english so he became a fighter. What I like most about Oleg is his leg locks, which are very difficult to pull off.

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Summary: I love all UFC's with Royce Gracie!
Comment: Now nevermind the fact that I am female... you just can't deny that Royce Gracie, and ALL of the Gracie brothers are masters of their craft. Truly amazing athletes. I'm one of the few women UFC lovers, I should join a support group :D

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Summary: The debut of another MMA legend - "Tank" Abbott...
Comment: UFC Classics, Vol. 6 heralds the debut of another (albeit debated) legend in MMA/NHB - "Tank" Abbott... True MMA stars will always make a splash, having that kind of magic about them. It was true for "Tank", who quickly levels a formidable Islander to a frightening knockout.

"Tank" Abbott is the reason for many rules that are a part of UFC today and why the cage was made several feet bigger. He used the cage in a future event to gain a submission by grabbing the fence in a man's guard, then forcing his face into the fence with his head. He also tried to throw a guy out of the cage and almost did, which was hilarious. In this DVD, we see why you are not allowed to "Fishhook" an opponent in modern times, a rule they implemented in the very following UFC.

The event is chock full of quality early bouts and slugfests. Worsham/Varlens is great, Oleg/Beneteau is another good one. UFC I and II star Pat Smith delivers a front kick from hell. And Shamrock/Severn is a good early fight as well, with shades of where the sport would go with quick submissions.

The final fight of the tournament is outstanding. You need to watch it.

Though TUF noobs might not appreciate the savage grace of the past, it is necessary for those people to watch this piece of classic gold to truly appreciate how far MMA has come...

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Summary: Does two make up for six?
Comment: This was a strange event, and possibly even more controversial than the infamous UFC 3. But unlike that tournament, this one couldn't have had a better finish.

It all starts with the original Huntington Beach bad boy, David "Tank" Abbott, an extremely nasty piece of work who's spent some quality time behind bars. He obliterates cluless dolt John Matua in the first round, producing the scariest moment in the history of this event (and given what happened at UFC 2, that's saying a lot). Next up is Paul Varelans against Cal Worsham, a free-swinging slugfest won by Varelans. Then the eternally enigmagic Patrick Smith comes out to face even more enigmatic Rudyard Moncayo and wastes no time stomping a mudhole in him (another one of those spectacular matches that, like Severn vs. Macias, needs to be seen to be believed). Finally, Oleg Taktarov, humiliated by Dan Severn in the previous tournament, gets a small measure of redemption by outwrestling surprise runner-up Dave Beneteau.

Then things get ugly. Varleans, normally a disciplined warrior with a variety of skills, gets absolutely abused by Abbott, then after his defeat, makes a small scene to the boos of the crowd. Smith has to pull out due to "stomach cramps" (later turned out to be a fabrication), opening the door for Anthony Macias...who goes down in 12 seconds to Taktarov, then the fastest UFC match in history (later revealed to be a fix).

From slow-paced to lackluster to dirty. Could the Superfight and the tournament final turn it around?

Well, they did. And not only that, they were two of the most memorable fights of the year. Shamrock, under fire for fighting Gracie to a draw, shows his true talents in an entertaining grappling duel against Dan Severn. And Abbott gets a cold, hard reality check as Taktarov, despite not being as powerful as Severn, turns out to be extremely hard to beat. Hampered by the thin air, it truly becomes a struggle for either man to do anything, and it looks like it might go the distance, until...

So, does the strong finish make up for everything that came before? You be the judge.

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Summary: UFC 6: Clash of the Titans
Comment: July 14, 1995
Casper Events Center
Casper, Wyoming

As the UFC continued to develop, on this night we would see the 2nd UFC Superfight... This time it would be between Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn. We were all hoping that it would be more exciting than the Shamrock/Gracie "superfight" of UFC 5.

John Mutua v. Tank Abbott:
This time, we have Michael Buffer doing the ring announcements... nice. This fight doesn't last long and it has been seen on highlight reels ever since. This is one of Tank's finest UFC moments. We are given an entertaining few seconds of fighting and we are introduced to a new type of fighter in the UFC...

Cal Worsham v. Paul Varelans:
Worsham, the much smaller combatant, is getting the better of the standing exchanges. The fight is a straight brawl. No technique. Not even any composure. Just fists flying wildly. Someone catches a shot and it ends. I feel the better and more technically sound fighter lost this fight, but that is all a part of mixed martial arts. That's what happens sometimes when you throw a striker in with a slugger.

Rudyard Moncayo v. Pat Smith:
Smith is back again after his losses to Shamrock, Gracie and Kimo (in K-1 competition) to give the UFC another go. He lands an opening rushing front kick to put an exclamation point on his return and basically dominates his opponent. This is another quick one, but it's doubtful that Smith has what it takes to compete with the very best.

Dave Beneteau v. Oleg Taktarov:
Taktarov does what we were all expecting when he takes Beneteau down. Beneteau does the same when he is able to land some decent strikes before being guillotined and taken out.

The semi-finals are looking pretty good at this point...

Tank Abbott v. Paul Varelans:
This should be a good one. Two big fighters who love to strike will go at it. The fight doesn't end up being all that competitive, but it's still very interesting. It ends fairly quickly, as have so many other fights in this UFC event, but we get to see a but of showboatin' from Tank as hopes rise higher for the slugger to win it all.

Pat Smith suffers from stomach cramps and can not continue. I knew the semi-finals wouldn't be as good as I was expecting. They never are, with the multiple-fight format, people just get too beat-up to be competitive in the 2nd or 3rd fight of the night. SO... Anthony Macias steps in as an alternate. He got tossed around and dominated by Severn, but hey, maybe he'll fare better tonight against another world-class fighter.

Anthony Macias v. Oleg Taktarov:
What do you think happened? Over almost as quickly as it begins. Goodbye, Anthony Macias.

The Superfight
Ken Shamrock v. Dan Severn:
This time around, the superfight starts off looking like it might actually evolve into a good fight. A wrestler and a shootfighter stand in the ring battling for a dominant position until someone gets it. Not an amazing fight, but LIGHT YEARS beyond the last superfight in terms of entertainment value. Shamrock/Gracie was a nightmare for the fans, but this one at least gave us something to cheer about.

The Finals
Tank Abbott v. Oleg Taktarov:
This ends up being a much better fight than I was expecting. I figured that if Oleg made it through the first Tank flurry, then he would be able to take a tired Tank out fairly easily with a submission. The fight ends up going on for so long that both fighters become exhausted nearly to the point of losing consciousness. Oleg actually looks dead on the bottom at around 8:00 in with Tank resting in his guard. Tank actually seems to be getting the upper hand by a slight margin for a good portion of the fight. There is one last surge that ends the fight...

The DVD includes an interesting and worthwhile UFC 6 retrospective. Another good piece of UFC history.

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