20 Feb UFC 122: Marquardt v. Okami DVD review
Finishing strong in the final round proved to not only help Yushin Okami win a tight decision victory over Nate Marquardt but for other fighters as well on the UFC 122 fight card in Germany.
Okami and Marquardt went into their encounter seeking a title shot at the middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Marquardt stunned Okami with impactful takedowns, but was not able to score considerable damage on Okami. For most of the fight, Okami controlled the cage as he pinned Marquardt to it on several occasions.
Okami also controlled the striking aspect of the fight. Marquardt looked like he had timing issues as he kept trying to nail that one big fatal punch. While Marquardt did nail Okami right on the chin with Okami charging with a knee, Okami showed his toughness and did not let it faze him at all. Okami left Marquardt bruised and bloody following the strikes that he landed. Marquardt did make another great takedown late in the third round, but Okami got right back up. Judges scored the fight 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27 in favour of Okami.
In the behind the scenes extras, Marquardt is shown with his team before the fight talking about what he eats and how he relaxes before his fight. While walking back to the locker room following his loss, Marquardt was devastated as he thought he did enough to win. His team told him that although he fought hard he fought Okami’s type of fight instead of his own.
Nick Osipczak slowing down in the third round cost him a split decision loss to Duane Ludwig in welterweight action. Osipczak looked like he had the fight won taking down Ludwig, but he could not finish him. By the third round Ludwig was able to nail mean punches and knee shots while Osipczak did his best to hang on the whole third round. Krzysztof Soszynski had a more even fight against Goran Reljic, as he had to wear down Reljic until the third round to have a clear advantage in the fight. Judges scored the fight 30-27 across the board for Sozynski.
In a special bonus feature added to the DVD, there is a Q & A session with UFC president Dana White and announcer Joe Rogan. White and Rogan discussed topics such as the chances of Jon Daily ever coming back to the UFC, their thoughts on the Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck fight before it went down, and the chances of Joe Rogan ever stepping foot inside a UFC octagon. One highlight included Rogan criticizing a Brock Lesnar fan saying Cain Velasquez winning was a fluke, “that’s a hell of a fucking fluke,” said Rogan. Other highlights saw White admitting the greatest of Anderson Silva as a fighter, and Rogan inviting an individual to come up on stage and do the ‘Buffer 360.’
For fans that have already seen the event on Spike TV, the Q & A and behind the scenes extras are nice additions. For fans that missed the prelims, you missed the best fight when Pascal Krauss took on Mark Scanlon in welterweight action. All the prelims as well as the weigh-ins are shown. Far from a star-studded UFC event, but solid mixed martial arts from top to bottom.
UFC 122: Marquardt v. Okami
Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada
Released on Jan. 18, 2011
Run time of 246 minutes
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UFC 122 fight card
- Kris McCray vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
- Seth Petruzelli vs. Karlos Vemola
- Kyle Noke vs. Rob Kimmons
- Pascal Krauss vs. Mark Scanlon
- Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Alexandre Ferreira
- Duane Ludwig vs. Nick Osipczak
- Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Goran Reljic
- Amir Sadollah vs. Peter Sobotta
- Dennis Siver vs. Andre Winner
- Nate Marquardt vs. Yushin Okami