Thursday, 1 July 2010

World Combat League Season 2 Episodes 9-12 - DVD Review

It’s been a while since I’ve ventured into the world of hybrid kickboxing, so it’s about time we took another look at Chuck Norris’ World Combat League, and episodes nine through twelve of season two.


If you have no idea what the WCL is all about, then go to the kickboxing section of my website at www.twoshedsreview.com to read my previous WCL reviews. On with the show.

Denver Fury v Los Angeles Stars
This was another of those matches where the teams traded wins throughout, with the Stars kicking the show off as the always impressive Jason Bourelly took out the debuting Tarek Rached. Denver really came back into it when Eddie Burris knocked out Chris Hawk, but wins for Jack Felton and Raymond Daniels gave L.A. so much confidence that they began to send out some of their reserves for the second half.

The tactic worked as they picked up some good wins, and in the end Daniels came back to knock out Blake Lirette to give L.A. the 154-129 win, taking the to 3-0, while Denver still looked for their first win at 0-3.

New Jersey Tigers v Miami Force
A slightly one-sided affair saw Craig Oxley, Jose Sulsona and Remy Bonnel win the first three fights for Miami. However, New Jersey fought back well, winning the final three fights of the half.

But the lack of a back up fighter for the injured Marshall Blevins gave Miami a walkover victory at the start of the second half, and even though they scored some good wins, Miami had already won the match when Hall claimed a second victory of Mrkanovic, with Miami winning 158-126, going to 3-0 while New Jersey slipped to 1-2.

Oklahoma Destroyers v Texas Dragons
A very one-sided affair. After Thomas Longacre and Nick Gonzales contested a rather dour draw, Oklahoma took complete control, with only Mike Sheppard getting the first half win for the Dragons, countering great performances from Oklahoma’s Anthony Njokuani and Jeri Sitzes.

The Destroyers’ dominance continued in the second half, with David Taylor impressing with his TKO win over Sherif Ghaly. Oklahoma’s dominance was such that they sealed the match with three fights remaining, and it was left to Matt Thompson to get the somewhat hollow final fight win for Texas. Oklahoma moved to 2-1, while Texas slipped down to 1-2.

St. Louis Enforcers v New York Clash
If you want to see an array of knockouts then this is the episode to watch. After Kevin Engel opened St Louis’ account with a messy win over Jason Quick, New York won two straight as Terry Bullman and Virginia Baker scored impressive knockout wins.

It was the Clash’s last success of the night as St. Louis won every other match, with knockout wins for Fernando Calleros, the aforementioned Kevin Engel, Isaac Diomande, Lindon Chambers and Tim Connors, taking the Enforcers to a 156-81 win and a record of 2-1, while New York were winless at 0-3.

In conclusion - well, that’s twelve episodes down, and I must say that the WCL continues to impress. Okay, there were some messy fights here, but overall it made for great viewing, and once again the WCL comes highly recommended.

With thanks to the powers-that-be at the World Combat League for supplying a copy of this release. These episodes form part of the World Combat League Season Two box set, which is available to buy online and at all good retailers.