By Jason Moles
Before I dig in, let’s take a look at what Amazon has to say about this ingenious idea:
“Once friends, now bitter enemies, UFC superstars Chuck ”The Iceman” Liddell and ”The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz waged intense battles inside and outside of the Octagon. UFC Bad Blood: Liddell vs. Ortiz gives an all access look at the epic feud forged in heated competition over the UFC Championship, and fueled by personal conflict that often boiled over. Through exclusive new interviews, rare behind-the-scenes footage, and hard hitting action from their historic fights, you can re-live the rivalry that helped launch the Ultimate Fighting Championship into the mainstream, and make Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz household names that will be forever linked.
Special Features: Countdown to UFC 66, UFC 66: Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz, and UFC 47: Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz”
Well it’s about time that massive video library is being put to use. One of the most well-known and publicly talked about feuds in mixed martial arts will live forever on DVD and Blu-ray come August 30th, you know, in case you ever want to show your grandkids what human cock fighting looked like. Not sure about you, but wouldn’t this have been a bigger seller last year when Chuck Liddell coached opposite Tito Ortiz on The Ultimate Fighter 11? Rumor has it the DVD was supposed to be released much earlier but had to withdraw from stores due to a bulging disc and a cracked case.
To bring a few of you up to speed…
Uncle Dana used to manage “The Iceman” and “The Huntington Beach Badboy.” They got good — really good. Eventually, Chuck was the #1 contender for Tito’s light-heavyweight belt. As is his custom, Ortiz rattled off an excuse about not wanting to fight a friend. Chuck called shenanigans but it didn’t matter with Ortiz on the IR. Skip ahead a year or more; they finally square off in the Octagon with Liddell brutalizing Ortiz and KO-ing him for the win. Skip ahead two more years and they fight again with Liddell getting his hand raised after a third-round TKO.
You’d think that after getting your face punched in twice by the Iceman you’d want to bury the hatchet. Nope. The two former UFC champions came this close to dancing again at the close of TUF 11. Once again Tito pulled out leaving Chuck to get knocked out one last time before calling it quits.
To me, this looks a lot like the Couture – Liddell Trilogy with the addition of a few extra special features. That’s not to say that I don’t want to watch it with a few casual fans and help them understand and be entertained by just how much these two hated each other, and how Chuck and Tito weren’t always the punchlines they are now. Is it a money grab? Sure. Do we really need a DVD documenting every punch and verbal jab hurled at each other? Not really. Will we go out and buy it because it’s what we do. You betcha’.