UFC 132 Results: What's Next for Urijah Faber and the Main Card Losers?
If you missed this one you should go ahead slap yourself now because UFC 132 delivered on all levels fight fans.
Not only were we treated to an amazing bantamweight title fight between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber but we were also got to see a former champion return to form, two title contenders make impressive statements and the destruction of an MMA legend.
Here is a quick look at all of the results:
Bantamweight: Jeff Houghland defeated Donny Walker via Unanimous Decision
Lightweight: Anthony Njokuani defeated Andre Winner via Unanimous Decision
Middleweight: Aaron Simpson defeated Brad Tavares via Unanimous Decision
Bantamweight: Brian Bowles defeated Takeya Mizugaki via Unanimous Decision
Lightweight: Rafael dos Anjos defeated George Sotiropolous via First Round KO
Lightweight: Melvin Guillard defeated Shane Roller via First Round KO
Welterweight: Carols Condit defeated Dong Hyun Kim via First Round TKO
Light-Heavyweight: Tito Ortiz defeated Ryan Bader via First Round Submission
Lightweight: Dennis Siver defeated Matt Wiman via Unanimous Decision
Middleweight: Chirs Leben defeated Wanderlei Silva via First Round KO
Bantamweight Championship: Dominick Cruz defeated Urijah Faber via Unanimous Decision
Dong Hyun Kim
Up until this point in his MMA career, Dong Hyun Kim was a suffocating force who utilized his Judo brilliantly to dominate the competition but tonight he ran into a brick wall in the form of former WEC welterweight champion, Carlos Condit.
Condit landed a beautiful flying knee in the first round that floored Kim and led to a TKO stoppage.
While Kim was on an impressive streak heading into the fight with Condit he was still on the outside looking in of the title picture for two reasons; his grind it out style and his lack of victories over name competition. With this recent loss it will be difficult but not impossible for Kim to fight his way back into the welterweight title mix.
A great start on that journey would be a matchup with fellow recent loser, Rick Story. Story is coming off a loss to Charlie Brenneman and he two will be looking for a name that will launch him back into the upper echelon of the UFC welterweight division.
Just six short months ago Ryan Bader was an undefeated prospect on the cusp of a shot at the coveted UFC light-heavyweight title.
Now Bader is on a two-fight skid losing both via guillotine choke; the first to now light-heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, and the most recent to a man who has not won a fight since October of 2006, Tito Ortiz.
Was Ryan Bader ever an legitimate light-heavyweight title treat or has he just hit a rough patch in his career?
As a fan of his style and pedigree I would like to think the later but in the wake of this loss to Ortiz, an aging former champion, I am beginning to wonder if Bader wasn't more hype than substance myself.
Bader is in need of a win...a win over an opponent with some name value if he does not want to find himself hanging on by a thread and the first name that jumps out at me is Matt Hamill.
Hamill is also coming off of a loss and is struggling to find his place in the division.
Bader and Hamill are mirror images of one another so it has a potential to be a great back and forth matchup and it would serve as a measuring stick for both men.
Let's just get this out of the way...Matt Wiman fought a great fight and he got absolutely robbed by the judges. Dana White always makes it a point to tell his fighters to keep it out of the judges' hands and boy does this fight illustrate why.
Wiman dominated the majority of the action, set the pace of the fight and just plain out worked Dennis Siver only to be rewarded with a unanimous decision loss.
Even though the loss is officially on his record I have a difficult time seeing Wiman's career taking a major step back, he fought a great fight against a tough opponent and he should be rewarded for his efforts.
I think a matchup with reeling yet still dangerous fellow UFC 132 loser George Sotiropoulos would be ideal.
Both fighters are hungry to get back in the win column and in the ever deepening waters of the UFC lightweight division wins are crucial because someone is right there to take your place on the ladder.
One of the greatest fighters in the history of MMA, Wanderlei Silva, suffered yet another devastating KO loss, this one to vicious brawler Chris Leben.
Leben clipped Silva early in the first round with a looping shot then put him away with a series of devastating uppercuts, making Silva 2-6 in his last eight, with four of those loses coming by way of brutal KO.
I, like many other MMA fans out there, simply love and admire Silva; but these vicious KOs get more and more difficult to watch and the frequency that these events are occurring is starting to really worry me.
Silva is a warrior in every sense of the word, but that warrior mentality will also be his down fall because I feel he will try to hold on to his past glory for far too long and that is the last thing I want to see.
Rather than figuring out what Silva's next fight should be, I think Silva should take some time and really look at what he is fighting for.
The man has nothing left to prove and he needs to evaluate the risk/rewards that will come with him continuing to fight.
I have no problem if Silva decides he still wants to fight and compete, I just feel that he has a lot more to take into consideration these days.
He wasn't able to get the win, but Urijah Faber still managed to put on one hell of a fight against Dominick Cruz in the first ever UFC Bantamweight Title Fight.
Faber and Cruz battled back and forth for five rounds, with Cruz's movement and footwork playing the biggest role in the outcome of the fight.
In most cases, when a fighter loses they immediately tumble down the ladder and look for the fastest way to get back on top. However, Faber, being the star that he is, can still pretty well write his own ticket at this point.
An immediate rematch between the two would make perfect sense because it's an easy sell, it was a close fight and the bantamweight division is still in the process to building star-caliber fighters.
On the other hand, this loss is the perfect opportunity to set up what would surely be an MMA fan dream match with former bantamweight champion Miguel Torres.
Sure, Torres has lost three of his last five bouts, but he is still a name the hardcore MMA fan base wants to see in action.