DVD Review: Unrivaled

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Genre: Action Drama
Directed by: Warren P Sonoda
Staring: Hector Echavarria, Rashad Evans, Steven Yaffee, Kieth Jardine, Heath Herring, Nicholas Campbell, Jordan Madley
Released: March 16, 2010


On these streets everyone is fighting for a way out, but after a lifetime of hard knocks, a down-on-his-luck cage fighter gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is chosen to compete against the MMA world champion during a massive competition. The stakes are high and the reward great…But should he lose, it will cost him his life.


I was a little hesitant since this film is produced by Tapout, the merchandise producers for the MMA sports fans. I already have a poor opinion of Wrestlers as actors because they are athletes, not actors. But I give them a shred of credit because they pretend to be these personalities every week, so they are half actors. But this wasn’t that bad.

These guys do a pretty good job acting in a film that is more or less a string of action scenes held together by a loose plot full of holes. The action is GREAT. Some really good pitfighting, streetfights, bar fights. The fighting is well put together. I wouldn’t have expected anything less from a film staring some big name Mixed Martial Arts fighters.

The love interests revolve around the employees of a strip club, but that string of the story just delivers some eyecandy and a set guaranteed to show some boobies. Its light and doesn’t interfere. Just as a love interest in an action flick should be treated. Very secondary to non-important. Ringo doesn’t fight to save the girl. He just happens to have one.


The plot is actually half decent, which is why it bothers me so much that they piss all over it. The main character Hector is under the thumb of a relentless crime boss and when he attempts to earn some money in a TV spectacle that pits mostly unknown contenders against the top champ of the sport, the Crime Boss tries to monopolize on it. But everything he does makes NO sense. It almost seems like he is betting against himself as every attempt just digs a deeper hole for the main character with a shovel of the Crime Boss’s stupidity.


A surprisingly good story that unfortunately gets in its own way. MMA Actors doing a half decent job acting (they are pretending to be MMA fighters so its not hard) and some great action. Not a bad film at all. It wont win any Oscars, but it was certainly worth the watch. This is available to buy or rent right now.

I give Unrivaled a 6 out of 10

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6 thoughts on “DVD Review: Unrivaled

  1. I agree with everything that you said in the review except the part about MMA being fake. It’s not like the WWE bullshit where they’re told how to make the fight turn out. In MMA, they have real fights with real blood.

    1. Sorry Lando, no where in my review did I say MMA is fake.

      I said Wrestlers are fake (like WWE) and I did say that the MMA fighters in this movie were playing parts of MMA fighters (they are pretending to be MMA fighters), but I never said MMA was fake.

  2. I wanna rent this film to see who is the better actor, “Sugar” Rashad Evans in this film or Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in A-Team. I going for Rashad since I like him and not a true fan or Rampage especially after he was the coach in last season of Ultimate Fighter.

    One thing though, you refere to these mixed martial artists as wrestlers. But they are not, when you seem them at the ring they don’t put on any type of persona’s so they don’t immitate profesional wrestlers in any way.

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