From time to time, Fightin' Words receives mixed martial arts swag to review for the masses. Books, DVDs, video games and the like.
Here's a rundown of what's on my desk and what I thought of my experience with this MMA merch.
1) The Brock Lesnar book
This book arrived on my desk the Monday after Lesnar lost his title to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121. Curious timing. You're better off just renting old WWE DVDs and watching reruns of the Lesnar-Velasquez "UFC Primetime" series on Spike's website. You'll learn everything you need to know from there, not here. Unless of course you're dying to know what type of record Lesnar finished with after his sophomore year of high school wrestling. "Brock Lesnar: The Making of a Hardcore Legend" by Joel Rippel does not include any new insights or quotes from Lesnar. (He did not partake in the book's development.) Rather, it just quotes Lesnar from past interviews and stories in town, college and metropolitan newspapers, several magazines and quite a few DVDs.
2) The Strikeforce DVD
Strikeforce's first foray into the DVD world was quite nice. Sure, it's just fights (including a few prelims), the edited-down weigh-ins and post-fight interviews, but what else do you expect from fight-based event DVDs. The navigation on the DVD was very good. Pay no attention to the labels on the discs and the leaflet inside saying 2009. These are 2010 fights. Oops. "Strikeforce" is a two-disc set that includes three fight cards. On the DVD, you can watch Alistair Overeem beat up Brett Rogers, Robbie Lawler fight Renato "Babalue" Sobral and Fedor Emelianenko's demise at the hands (and legs) of Fabricio Werdum.