DVD Review: UFC 106: ORTIZ VS. GRIFFIN 2

Anchor Bay
Release date: Feb. 2, 2010
MSRP: $19.97

UFC 106 was the start of what might well be remembered as the Cursed era. Over the course of several months, literally dozens of fighters dropped out of fights. Cuts, infections, diseases, broken bones, torn muscles and ligaments, the list was both impressive and frightening.
This event was originally slated to have HW champ Brock Lesnar take on fellow 265 lb wrecking machine Shane Carwin, with the returning Tito Ortiz facing off against UFC Hall of Famer, and former HW champ, Mark Coleman.

Of those four fighters, only Tito Ortiz actually made it to the event. Tito ended up facing former LHW champion Forrest Griffin, with rising welterweight star Anthony Johnson squaring off against former NCAA national wrestling champion Josh Koshcheck with the winner taking a very real step up not just in the rankings, but towards a title shot as well.

The main event provided some fun and fireworks as Forrest beat Tito via split decision. Tito came out strong with a dominating first round, only to fade as the fight went on. As dominant as Tito was in the first round, Forrest matched that domination in the third round where Tito looked simply to be trying to make it to the final bell. Afterwards, we are treated to a bit of a trainwreck as Tito offers up a litany of excuses for his performance, including a bad back, a “cracked skull” as well as a death in the family. You can hear the entire arena turn on Tito over the course of a minute or so. Not what I would call losing graciously.

Josh Koscheck submitted Johnson in a bout that saw both guys poke the other in the eyes. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira made his UFC debut with an impressive TKO of borderline top ten LHW Luis Cane. TUF season seven winnerAmir Sadollah survived the early onslaught of Phil Baroni to pick up a unanimous decision.

1 George Sotiropoulos submitted (via armbar) Jason Dent Submission at 4:36 of the second round
2 Caol Uno and Fabricio Camoes fought to a majority decision draw
3 Brian Foster subbed (punches) Brock Larson at 3:25 of the second round
4 Kendall Grove subbed (Triangle choke) Jake Rosholt at 3:59 of the first round
5 Ben Saunders KO’d (knees) Marcus Davis at 3:24 of the first round
6 Amir Sadollah over Phil Baroni via unanimous decision
7 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira TKO (punches) of Luis Cane at 1:56 of the first round
8 Paulo Thiago over Jacob Volkmann Unanimous decision
9 Josh Koscheck subbed (Rear-naked choke) Anthony Johnson at 4:47 of the second round
10 Forrest Griffin over Tito Ortiz Split decision

Extras inlude the weigh-ins as well as a beind the scenes featurette. Personally, I really enjoy the BTS segments. It is interesting to see how different fighters warm up and behave in the days, and hours, leading up to the fights.

UFC 106 is, overall, an enjoyable card. Only four of the ten bouts went to the judges and none of the fights were real stinkers. Fans of MMA will have fun with this collection of bouts.

Order UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2.