Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|UFC Vol 56 - Full Force|
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Actors: Rich Franklin, Nate Quarry, Georges St Pierre, Sean Sherk
Rich franklin vs nate quarry matt hughes vs joe riggs georges st pierre vs sean sherk Studio: First Look Home Entertain Release Date: 04/25/2006 Run time: 140 minutes Director: Dana White
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Will Franklin dominate the middleweight division?
Matt | NJ | 06/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This event opens with 2 veteran fighters making their UFC debuts. Nick Thompson and Keith Wisniewski. These are two decent fighters who put on a decent show, but neither of whom will do anything notable in the UFC, in my opinion.
Next, Thiago Alves fights Ansar Chalangov. After this short bout, we learn that there is now more than one "Pitbull" in the UFC. Alves looks very impressive in this fight.
Sam Hoger, of The Ultimate Fighter's first season, then takes on Jeff Newton. Hoger performs fairly well, yet I don't see in Hoger the ability to take on those at the top of the food chain. Decent fight, though, and some good skills are shown.
Jeremy Horn has a matchup with South African Trevor Prangley. Horn, fresh off of his loss to Chuck Liddell, is very evenly matched with Prangley. This is evident throughout a fight that ultimately goes to a razor-close decision. Prangley is the stronger of the two, while Horn is better versed in submissions. This is a good fight with good action.
The undercard fight that I most anticipated was between Georges St. Pierre and Sean Sherk. Both have lost to Matt Hughes and both are desperately trying to get a rematch with the champ... The difference is, in my opinion, that if St. Pierre gets a rematch, he will probably win. This fight, however, is an awesome matchup, although it is difficult to find a good challenge for St. Pierre at this point. This one is stopped in the 2nd by some brutal ground & pound. Great fight.
Matt Hughes v. Joe Riggs. This is one half of what was supposed to be a double-championship title fight card. However, Joe "Diesel" Riggs was a little to diesel to make the required 170 lb weight limit. This caused the fight to be changed to a non-title bout, which obviously upset Hughes, who is quite proud of his streak of title defenses. Riggs looks terrible in this fight and it should be no "spoiler" to learn that Hughes makes extremely quick work of Riggs. Hughes looks impressive and Riggs looks like he needs to rethink some things. This fight was supposed to be between Hughes and Karo Parisyan and I believe that would have been a far better matchup. Hopefully, we get to see that fight in the near future, although I would LOVE to see a Hughes/St. Pierre rematch more than any other fight in the Welterweight division. St. Pierre gave Hughes all he could handle last time out and he has developed in leaps and bounds since then.
Rich "Ace" Franklin v. Nate "Rock" Quarry... This is the highlight of the night for me. Franklin is at the top, determined to dominate the 185 lb. middleweight division, while Quarry is on the rise coming from The Ultimate Fighter season 1 and a string of 3 victories in his first 3 fights in the UFC. Franklin's display of skills is amazing and this leads to a very embarrasing round of fighting for Nate Quarry. You can say that Nate wasn't ready for Franklin, but Quarry had been fighting for a long time and I just don't think he is GOOD enough to challenge Franklin. I believe Franklin will dominate the middleweight division for quite a while.
The bonus features are extensive, giving you pre and post-fight footage, interviews, commentary, etc... Great footage, as always. This is an outstanding UFC event with some exciting moments and solid action. This was a good way to come back from the somewhat disappointing UFC 55 showing.
Full Force is Full of Hype (no spoilers)
Ghostman | LA, CA | 05/05/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"UFC 56: Full Force is loaded with predictable matches, but is still entertaining by its own merits. The show is primarily a profit-motivated PPV riding on Nate Quarry's newfound fame as a contestant from The Ultimate Fighter reality show on Spike TV. Slated to battle for the Middleweight Championship against Rich "Ace" Franklin, UFC never fails to hype an otherwise mediocre match-up into one of legendary capacity.
To support the main event, UFC President Dana White tossed in what was supposed to be a war involving Matt Hughes defending his Welterweight Title against arguably the most effective Judo practitioner in mixed martial arts history, Karo "The Heat" Parysian. Unfortunately, Parysian suffered an ankle injury two weeks prior to the event and canceled. A drastically inferior opponent by the name of Joe "Diesel" Riggs stepped up to the challenge instead, which truly plummeted the integrity of UFC 56's complete fight card.
The fight card is as follows (rated on a scale of 0-10):
Nick Thompson vs Keith Wisniewski (7/10)
Thiago Alves vs Ansar Chalangov (7/10)
Sam Hoger vs Jeff Newton (6/10)
Jeremy Horn vs Trevor Prangley (5/10)
Georges St. Pierre vs Sean Sherk (7/10)
Kevin Jordan vs Gabriella Gonzaga (2/10)
Matt Huges vs Joe Riggs (7/10)
Rich Franklin vs Nate Quarry (8/10)
UFC's DVD features are still light years behind Pride's. Although the Behind-the-Scenes footages are a few minutes denser than its predecessors, the DVD has done away with pre-fight interviews, which adds color to a fight. With the exception of the main event Rich Franklin vs Nate Quarry, the matches simply follow one after the other in a passive and systemic fashion."
Not a great UFC, but a nice watch after the horrible UFC 55
morgoth | omaha, NE | 10/17/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Here are the bouts:
KEITH WISHIEWSKIRS? vs. NICK THOMPSON-really good match between 2 first time UFC fighters.
THIAGO ALVES vs. ANSAR CHALANGOV-great grappling match. A bit short though.
SAM HAGER vs. JEFF NEWTON-this is a pretty good match with Sam Hogar dominating throughout but is facing a man that can escape anything. Jeff Newton has a move where he is in full guard gets out of it buy putting his legs around the neck of Hogar. It is a move out of like a Chuck Norris ninja flick that has to be seen to be believed.
JEREMY HORN vs. TREVOR CANGLEY-this is an epic match that goes to a decision.
GEORGES ST. PIERRE vs. SEAN SHERK-this just ends up being a one-sided match becasue of the fact that Sherk looks like a fly out there trying to just land something on St. Pierre.
MATT HUGHES vs. JOE RIGGS-I expected this to be a much better match after Riggs smashed Chris Lytle but Riggs makes an early mistake that he can't come back from and just gets himself in more trouble trying to get out of.
KEVIN JORDAN vs. GABRIEL GONZAGA-possibly the worst match in UFC history. Fastforward to 40 seconds left in the 3rd round to see a spectacular ending.
RICH FRANKLIN vs. NATE QUARRY-this match was pretty much just as bad as Arlovski vs. Buentello."
TUF Coaches Co-Main Event
greverio | Centreville, Virginia United States | 09/09/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Fresh off season two of the Ultimate Fighter, coaches Rich Franklin and Matt Hughes were showcased in UFC 56 - Full Force against less than "championship level" fighters. Still though, both champions were ready as well as their opponents. The rest of the card comprised of several familiar and new faces.
Ansar Chalangov was a fighter of noteworthy mentioning in MMA. His success in smaller shows had propelled him to the big leagues against a young standout of the heralded American Top Team. Thiago Alves' UFC debut was a disappointing loss to Spencer Fisher in a bout he was favored to win. His match up with Chalangov would be an interesting one for both fighters. After some good action, the bout took a sharp turn to the victor via TKO.
With the success of the Ultimate Fighter TV series, many of the former contestants/fighters made for good fillers of fight cards. Sam Hoger the heel of the house of season one was back after a set back against season one finalist Stephan Bonnar. Hoger's well-rounded skills were put to the test against an older fighter, but newcomer with a karate base. Jeff Newton had racked up a good 4-1 record against lighter opposition in smaller shows. Right off the bat, Newton's fight stance was very unconventional as he positioned himself in a Karate/Tae Kwon Do side-stance. The battle would be a see-saw battle that would go into two rounds.
After several years of compiling one of the busiest MMA careers, Jeremy Horn signed a 3-fight deal with the UFC...with the first fight against Light Heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell. Unfortunately for Horn, his long awaited rematch with Liddell resulted in a disappointing loss. His second fight would be in the middleweight (185lb) division against a strong fighter from South Africa. Trevor Prangley was a big middleweight, his strength and explosive style drove many former opponents into fits. His most recent victory against BJJ black belt Travis Lutter took many by surprise. A very close fight that would go the distance would leave many unhappy, but technically a very good match.
This card was a double main event featuring two champions, but the following fight in itself was arguably the most competitive on paper and could have been a main even it itself. Sean Sherk was MMA's unfortunate son. His incredible record of 29-1-1 was the result of a swarming wrestling style. His only blemish came in the hands of champion Matt Hughes in UFC 42, and even that match went the distance. Since his loss, he found it hard find a place in the bigger shows (Pride, UFC, and K-1) to exhibit his skills. He was financially strapped and briefly retired from the sport. His call though was answered by the UFC, but his opponent though young, certainly wasn't a novice. Georges St. Pierre's MMA career sky-rocketed immediately after his debut in the UFC. In his debut he bested Judo standout Karo Parisyan. After a spectacular knockout of Jay Hieron, he found himself in a championship match-up against Matt Hughes. While St. Pierre certainly had the physical and skillful attributes to someday become a champion, many questioned whether he really deserved a crack at the title. The bout against Hughes went his way until Hughes turned things around. Many of his critics took pleasure in his defeat (lone defeat in MMA) via an arm-bar submission, but his stock actually did rise considering he really gave Hughes a battle. From this lesson, he tore through an impressive list of good fighters: Dave Strasser, Jason Miller, and most impressively in dominating fashion his victory over Frank Trigg. The stage was set for two fighters at the top of the food chain in regards to contention of Matt Hughes' title. The fight was impressive from a technical and action standpoint, but a clear winner would have his hand raised.
The aforementioned Matt Hughes was ready to defend his title against Karo Parisyan. Unfortunately for many fight fans, Parisyan injured himself in training and had to pull out. With little time to work with, the UFC decided on Joe "Diesel" Riggs. Another disappointment though occurred at the weigh-ins as Riggs failed to make weight and the bout was decided to go on but as a non-title match instead. This soured the co-main event, but the bout did have interesting substance. Matt Hughes could not afford to lose, even if it was a non-title match. Riggs while not fighting for the title still posed a threat to Hughes given his size and strength that on paper rivaled Hughes. The battle between two goliaths of the lightweight (170lb.) division would end in one round after a rather surprising submission.
The always crucial bout before the main event has always carried importance to provide excitement and buzz to carry over to the main event. In selecting Gabriel Gonzalez versus Kevin Jordan, the UFC brass believed in something many did not see...or later would have to unfortunately experience. In short, this bout did end in a dramatic KO, but a lesson in dancing was not billed!
Since a convincing victory over Ken Shamrock in the Ultimate Fighter Finale, Rich Franklin's fan base really took an upwards directional swing. He followed this up with beating Evan Tanner into a doctor stoppage to earn the middleweight championship. His fortunes took off when he was selected (along with Matt Hughes) as a coach for the popular Ultimate Fighter II. TV show. His opponent thought left many with doubts of a competitive fight. Nate Quarry is no novice, he was labeled this by many because of his participation in season one of the Ultimate Fighter. In that original season, Quarry suffered a freakish injury and was not able to continue. At 35 years, he was the elder of the two and had strong right hand that helped him earn the nickname "the Rock". His 8-1 record was impressive, but his victories were not against contender level fighters. After a good feel out period, a noticeable broken nose followed by a paralyzing straight would send the defeated down for the count. A clear and convincing victory to end things for the night."