UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben (2008) - Ultimate 2-Disc Edition

Genre(s): Sports
First Look Studios || NR - 285 minutes - $19.98 || February 24, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-03-12

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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.

.:: A U D I O ::.

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Director: Anthony Giordano
Writer(s): NA
Cast: NA

Supplemental Material:
  • 4 Featurettes

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

I like watching these types of DVDís. No Iím not really into the whole ďfightingĒ thing, although a few of my ex-friends are, I find the Joe Rogan comments the best part of these discs. There are another few gems that he says like he every other UFC DVD such as one about mounting that had me laughing for ten minutes. Which made me mad, since I missed the end of the fight I was busy actually ROTFL (Rolling on the floor laughing).

UFC 89: Bisping VS Leben follows the traditional style of pay-per-view fights that starts off with five bouts that werenít seen by the public who paid for the fights. The first fight ironically enough is one of the best of the night, as both Per Eklund and Samy Schiavo are amazing fighters and kept me entertained for the duration, eventually ending in a great submission that came out of nowhere.

However, the rest of the fights for the most part werenít as interesting as the first one. Miller verse Baron didnít have as much action and Stout verse Etim kept the low energy fights going. Iím not saying I could do much better, but the fights that didnít air on television (except the first, obviously) didnít air for a good reason: they just arenít as interesting.

So onto the actual fights that people saw, Wain verse Carwin was entertaining although it didnít last too long. Itís also odd to note that the DVD is slightly out of order on the back, as though the Gono verse Hardy fight came after the Wain and Carin bout.

Kelly verse Davis picked thing up after about an hour and twenty minutes of boredom from the first fight, as though both competitors were great. Sadly though, the ending to the bout comes shortly into the second round, which was disappointing since the first round was pretty entertaining.

The matches continue with a dull bout between Taylor and Lytle (not that I could do any better, but for sheer fun these just donít compare). The fight was basically over after the first round, as though subsequent rounds didnít amount to that much. Sokoudjou verse Cane honestly should have been better than it was, as Sokoudjou was kicking constantly throughout, but ended in him getting pounded by Cane.

The last two fights, consisting of Jardine verse Vera and Leben verse Bisping just werenít compelling enough for the two main fights that were advertised. Vera is a great fighter, as though Iíve seen him a few times, but doesnít have that same impact as he did before. The main fight with Bisping and Leben was also equally uninteresting, and didnít deserve the main event status that it was given.

Iíve seen a handful of these DVDís now, and this is probably my least favorite. The fights arenít as interesting as past ones, and if youíve seen this already before thereís no replay value what so ever.


As per the norm of all UFC DVDís, the special features are available on Disc 2.

Countdown to UFC 89 (41 minutes): An incredibly long feature that deals with how the fighters got to the event, who they fought prior, etc. If youíre a fan of UFC this can be skipped, as odds are you know the previous bouts so this doesnít really need to be watched.

Behind the Scenes (24 minutes): A look at everything that goes on before the fight itself, including some rather funny scenes from the fighters. Itís worth watching, as though itís interesting what goes on and what goes through the fighters heads before the big fight.

Weigh-Ins (11 minutes): Hosted by Joe Rogan and two ďhotĒ chicks and is also edited for some odd reason, this deals with each of the fighters weighing in. I donít really know why this is on here, as though itís not that entertaining, at all.

UFC.COM Features (44 minutes): This deals with interviews with the fighters after their winning bout, as well as interviews with the fighters well after the fight has ended. You can fast forward to whoever you enjoy watching and hear some comments from them, as though the fighters themselves donít have the best talking skills in the world.


In true fashion, this looks identical to past UFC releases. Colors for the most part are fine, as are flesh tones. Contrast is a tiny bit of an issue throughout, as at points the fighters appear darker and then lighter a few seconds later. This could be an issue with the lighting of the arena, but since itís been an issue before I think itís more of a contrast problem. The issue with the cage is still there, as every time a photo is taken the cage has a bit of noise rebounding from it. Itís a decent transfer that holds its own though.

However, the audio side is a bit weaker than usual. The Dolby Digital 2.0 track is much lighter than past releases, as for once I didnít hear Joe Rogan screaming over the other commentator and crowd. The levels were slightly toned down, and the crowd was more muffled than past fights. The levels did however peak and then drop rather quickly as the fights progressed, which was a bit more annoying than previous releases. Its 2009, why are we still getting 2.0 tracks? This would benefit much more from a 5.1 track.


UFC 89 isnít the best of the UFC catalogue that Iíve viewed, and as such I was disappointed. The fights are nowhere near as interesting as past DVDís, and the technical package is near identical to the rest. Unless you (once again, Iíve said it several times) just have to own each of these for some giant UFC collection, I recommend renting it. Unless youíve already seen it, then pass. This is one bout that you can win by putting your wallet away.