Fuel TV premieres "UFC Unrestricted" this Saturday afternoon begin the pre-fight show for UFC Macau, with Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le headlining the card in China.
It is one of those "go where the cameras don't usually take you" types of productions. For the most part, it is a good documentation of the days leading up to and including Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II at UFC 148 on July 7. There some high points and some low points, not unlike most pieces of entertainment we consume.
Seeing how Fightin' Words originates from Long Island, which still tries to recover from superstorm Sandy amid loss of power, homes and lives, let's just focus on the high points of our advanced viewing. This way, those reading this on smartphones and tablets while waiting three hours in line for gas that may or may not be there when you roll up to the pump can have something to be happy about.
- Sonnen's reaction backstage after Silva popped him in the face with his shoulder at weigh-ins was a nice piece of footage. "He surprised me with that one. I didn't see it coming," he said. It was rare then, and still is, to catch Sonnen in an honest moment through a camera lens, so that was very refreshing. Sure, there's plenty of that "cook me a steak" bluster elsewhere in the piece, but this was the more memorable moment.
- Burt Watson: The UFC's "babysitter to the stars" gets a few moments in the spotlight and he is "rolling" through it beautifully. MMA fans all know who he is and what he does, yet they don't. Seeing him in action is a good take and something fresh.
- UFC president Dana White's attention to detail in the social media hub was interesting to see. Dude is hands-on everywhere, with everything.
- Sure, we already know that Tito Ortiz lost a unanimous decision to Forrest Griffin, but that doesn't make it any less compelling. And here's a shocker: Griffin walked away from the octagon before the official announcement, White ran after him and did NOT curse when he caught up to him.
- It took 44 minutes and five seconds of the show (not including commercials), but there is a Steven Seagal sighting!
Here's a clip from the one-hour documentary, which premieres Saturday at 1 p.m. EDT.