For generations upon generations, sporting enthusiasts have debated the eternal question of: "Who could beat who in a fight?" Would it be the boxer, kickboxer, karate champion, strongman, or even sumo wrestler? In the early 1990s, the Ultimate Fighting Championship set out to answer that formidable question. With the addition of one Royce Gracie to that tournament, they had their answer: Brazilian Ju-Jitsu ruled supreme.
In the main documentary portion of this film, the life of the youngest Gracie brother is succinctly chronicled. From his family legacy (which ultimately birthed UFC) to his younger years spent in training to his MMA dominance and even his passing of the torch, the documentary covers all the main portions of Royce's life and is extremely interesting for fight fans.
Also included in this set are all of Royce's UFC bouts (including the latest foray against Matt Hughes) as well as some "bonus" fights in Japan's PRIDE league. For UFC fans who remember those "early years", those UFC 1-5 matches will bring back a wave of nostalgia.
Perhaps the most interesting theme of this whole set, however, is the "contradiction in terms" that Royce was to the UFC. On one hand, his family almost single-handedly created the sport and defined its submission-style fighting that is still widely in use today. On the other hand, however, Royce's pure style (staying in the guard position waiting for a mistake to capitalize in) actually ushered in a system of rounds and stand-up rules to the UFC, as the rowdier-than-the-most-of-us fans of the sport did not appreciate the "ground & pound" fights.
Simply put, if you remember (or especially were a fan of) Royce Gracie or the early UFC whatsoever (or are just looking for a history lesson), this is a must-own collection. You really won't need to own anything else of the kind.