One of the Better Productions
K.H. | 04/13/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This one shot championship, open martials tournement, is actually one of the better productions to come along. Trying to ride the heals of the UFC in the middle 90's, this tournment, though not perfect, did match the fighters much better than the first few UFCs.Because of this, most of the bouts are more entertaining and strategic than many of the other early versions. It is too bad that this one show was about it. It never really took off and soon faltered.Though the talent level was not the best, it was superior to the first couple UFCs and the fights even more interesting. A must for martial arts fans."
greverio | 01/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I must start by saying, of all the video's and dvd's of nhb/mma events this is definately one of the best value-for-money.
AT ... it is a bargain.The contrast in styles is facinating.The wide variation in styles and the fact that there are almost no rules, no gloves,no weight limits etc,
makes for some very brutal matches.The bart vale fight v benito? is a fantastic fight, and you will not believe the courage shown in this match bu benitonio?Renzo Gracie shows the perfect combination of pure class and aggression.For the price, very few dvd's can compare to this,
and it is for that reason alone, this is compulsive viewing.Trust me, you will not regret it,
as there is no better way of spending ..."
Interesting concept, great production
greverio | Centreville, Virginia United States | 02/08/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Back in 1996, the World Combat Championship introduced to the world a brand new MMA/NHB show. After watching this DVD one wonders why there was only one show...ever. Splitting an 8-man tournament into a strikers and grapplers division was strange, the rules within were even stranger. Because the WCC took place in the "early" days there were your fair share of mismatches, but as a production...it was like watching an HBO production. Very Impressive.The grapplers division was expected to be an eventual matchup between Shootfighting legend Bart Vale and BJJ sensation Renzo Gracie. Renzo's now infamous "step on the neck" technique was used, and Vale's first round opponent gave old Bart everything.The strikers featured 3 notable names: Jerome Turcan, James Warring, and Eric Paulson. On paper, Paulson had the most tools, but really was limited to using "striking" techniques. A real shame considering Paulson's a great technician on the ground, especially leg-locks. His hair proved to be his achillies heel though. Again the card was very pro-like. Real announcers ( a little inexperienced as far as the sport) with good in between the fight segments and stories. 3.5 stars"