UFC 132 Results: 10 Burning Questions Heading into UFC 133
UFC 132 is in the books and here are the results:
Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber - 50-45, 49-46, 48-47 for Cruz
Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben - KO win at :29 for Leben
Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader - Submission win for Ortiz at 1:56 of Round One
Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim - TKO win at 2:58 of Round One for Condit
Dennis Siver vs. Matt Wiman - 29-28 on all three cards for Siver
Melvin Guillard vs. Shane Roller - KO win at 2:12 of Round One for Guillard
George Sotiropoulos vs.Rafael dos Anjos - KO win at :59 of Round One for Dos Anjos
Brian Bowles vs. Takeya Mizugaki - 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 for Bowles
Brad Tavares vs. Aaron Simpson -30-27 on all three cards for Simpson
Anthony Njokuani vs.Andre Winner - 30-27, 30-26, 30-26 to Njokuani.
Jeff Hougland vs. Donny Walker - 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 to Hougland
Has Mike Brown Recovered?
Since losing the WEC featherweight title to Jose Aldo in November 2009, Mike Brown has compiled a record of 2-3.
Brown seemed close to being cut from the UFC when he lost to Rani Yahya in January of 2011, but he was spared by the promotion. Brown then went on to have surgery on his hand to repair damage that was sustained during the Yahya fight.
His first fight back will not be a walk in the park as he faces Nam Phan at UFC 133. The fight with Phan could very well be a make or break fight for Brown. The fight will go a long way toward answering the questions, has Brown recovered from the surgery and does has a future with the UFC.
Did Chad Mendes Make a MIstake in Not Wating for Jose Aldo?
Chad Mendes' name had been bandied about as the next fighter to face Jose Aldo for Aldo's featherweight title. An August date had been talked about for the fight, but Aldo said he would not be ready for a fight in August.
Mendes spoke to MMAFighting about taking a fight against Rani Yahya at UFC 133, "It's something (the Aldo fight) I wanted and it's what I was pushing for, but overall if he's injured, take as much time as you need," he said. "I'd rather fight the best Jose Aldo there is and have no excuses.
"I love to fight," Mendes said. "I want to get in there and compete. I didn't want to wait 8-9 months if he wasn't going to fight. So I decided to go with Rani Yahya, a for-sure fight. I had the contract in front of me, so I took it."
Is Mendes making a mistake in taking a fight and not waiting for Aldo? We have seen this one go both ways as Rashad Evans, sustained an injury and missed out on a title fight when he chose to wait while Anthony Pettis took a fight against Clay Guida instead of waiting and lost to Guida.
It's a tough call and only Mendes know what's right for him.
Will Rani Yahya Get Back to Earning Submission of the Night Bonuses?
Earlier in his career Rani Yahya earned three straight Submission of the Night bonuses in the WEC. Since his last Submission of the NIght victory at WEC 42, Yahya has gone 1-2 with that single win coming as a unanimous decision over Mike Brown on the UFC: Fight for the Troops 2 card in January.
Will Yahya get back on track and be able to submit the highly ranked Chad Mendes at UFC 133?
Is Rory MacDonald the Future of the Welterweight Division?
The 21 year-old Rory MacDonald (he'll be 22 on UFC 133 fight night) enters his fight against Mike Pyle with a record of 11-1. His only loss coming at the hands of Carlos Condit. The fight against Condit ended via TKO with only seven seconds remaining in the third round.
In his comeback fight after his loss to Condit, he dominated Nate Diaz, throwing the more seasoned fighter around the cage like a rag doll.
If MacDonald can get past the veteran Pyle, he may very well find his name mentioned next to Carlos Condit's as one of the few fighters in the welterweight division that champion Georges St-Pierre needs to face before anyone can claim that St-Pierre has cleaned out the division.
Will the Jorge Rivera vs Alessio Sakara Fight Actually Happen?
Jorge Rivera and Alessio Sakara were originally scheduled to fight at UFC 118, but Rivera was forced to withdraw from that card after an injury. The two were then booked for UFC 122. That one made it past weigh-ins, but was cancelled when Sakara fell ill on fight day.
Now, almost a year to the day that they were first scheduled to meet the two are once again booked on a UFC card.
Will the third time be the charm?
If Vitor Belfort Wins Who Will His Next Opponent Be?
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Vitor Belfort will be facing Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133 and while a win in that bout is far from guaranteed there is some speculation as to who Belfort will fight if he wins.
Will it be the fighter he has been exchanging words with, Wanderlei Silva? Silva seems very anxious to face Belfort or could it be a rematch with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva who destroyed Belfort with a front kick in February of this year?
Either fight would be intriguing, my guess would be Wanderlei, but I'm not Joe Silva.
Is Yoshihiro Akiyama in Danger of Being Cut?
'Sexyama' is 1-2 in the UFC since joining the promotion in July of 2009. He won his first fight, defeating Alan Belcher at UFC 100 and then falling in his next two, tapping out against Chris Leben and then losing a unanimous decision to Michael Bisping.
He entered the UFC with a record of 12-1-0-2 and will hold a record of 13-3-0-2 when he faces Vitor Belort at UFC 133.
WIth a loss to Belfort, Akiyama will hit the dreaded three straight losses. If he loses will he be done in the UFC?
Will It Be the Last Time We See Rich Franklin and/or Antônio Rogério Nogueira?
Heading into UFC 133 Rich Franklin has gone 4-4 in his last eight fights and has been unable to string together two wins since 2008.
Antônio Rogério Nogueira for his part, has lost his last two fights.
Could UFC 133 mark the end of the UFC career of one or both of these fighters, either through retirement or release?
Is Rashad Evans Looking Past Phil Davis?
The main event at UFC 133 will feature Rashad Evans facing off against Phil Davis. If Evans wins it is very likely that he will face the winner of the Rampage Jackson vs Jon Jones fight.
That fight will bring a big payday for Evans and a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title. Evans could very well be looking forward to that and looking past Davis.
If he is doing so maybe he should watch some video of UFC 69 when Georges St-Pierre was TKO'd by Matt Serra.
Does Phil Davis Get a Title Shot with a Win? Is He Ready for One?
If Phil Davis defeats Rashad Evans at UFC 133, he will have a record of 10-0.
Davis has moved through the ranks of the light heavyweight division slowly, moving up one level at a time. With his next test he will be facing a former champion. If he beats Evans he may very well not be ready for a shot at the title, but if if is offered, well, how can you say no?
The bigger question is, is he ready for a title shot? A win over Evans will be substantial for his career, but when the two other "big" UFC wins of his career are against Antônio Rogério Nogueira and Tim Boetsch, the answer to the ready question is probably, no.