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 1
Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim: TKO win at 2:58 of Round 1 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 1 for Guillard
George Sotiropoulos vs.Rafael dos Anjos: KO win at :59 of Round 1 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
What follows are memorable moments from UFC 132.
Anthony Njokuani hurt Andre Winner during the first round of their bout at UFC 132 and then unleashed a patient and exact Muay Thai attack that Winner was very surprisingly able to weather.
Winner's boxing based attack was no match for Njokuani's "art of eight limbs" attack and Njokuani took home the victory.
This fight was an impressive display from Njokuani who earned "Fight of the Night" honors in his UFC debut at UFC 128 in a loss to Edson Barboza.
Not too long ago, George Sotiropoulos was on an eight-fight winning streak and was hearing his name spoken as a possible contender in the lightweight division.
A unanimous decision loss to Dennis Siver at UFC 127 back in February slowed the talk of Sotiropoulos as a contender. Sotiropoulos had a shot at reviving that talk when he faced Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 132.
Instead of putting his name back in the mix in the lightweight division, Sotiropoulos most likely found himself on the outside looking in when dos Anjos put Sotiropoulos down and out at the 0:59 second of Round 1.
"The Young Assassin" came into UFC 132 on a four-fight winning streak and after a mere 2:12 he had extended that streak to five-straight fights after he knocked out Shane Roller.
Guillard came out aggressive and with speed, pushing forward and delivering strikes to Roller.
Guillard looked confident, maybe cocky, and caught a punch.
Guillard rocked Roller with a left that had Roller down and hurt. Roller got back to his feet but was dropped again and put to sleep with hammer fists at the 2:12 mark of Round 1.
Whenever the topic of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and his run through the UFC's welterweight division comes up, one name often arises as a fighter who St-Pierre needs to fight before anyone can claim that he has cleared out the division—Carlos Condit.
Condit added a fourth-straight win to his record and moved to 12-1 in his last 13 fights when he put the previously unbeaten Dong Hyun Kim out with a perfectly placed flying knee at the 2:58 mark of Round 1.
After the fight, Condit, who has a single decision victory in his 27 career wins asked, from inside the Octagon, "How about it, Joe (Silva, UFC matchmaker)? Am I ready for a title shot?"
Going into UFC 132, it was very clear that a loss to Ryan Bader would spell the end of Tito Ortiz's UFC career. The man who issued that statement, UFC president Dana White, also said that Ortiz has always fought his best when backed up against the wall.
No truer words were spoken in the lead up to UFC 132. Ortiz made short work of the heavily favored Bader on Saturday, July 2.
Ortiz dropped Bader with a right and then quickly secured a guillotine choke that forced Bader to tap at the 1:56 mark of Round 1.
The crowd exploded in a huge ovation as Ortiz pushed the dazed Bader aside after securing his first victory in five years.
Many fans expected a stand up war when Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva faced off against Chris "The Crippler" Leben at UFC 132. It's likely that very few expected the result that they got on July 2.
Early on, Silva came in swinging wildly and it looked like he briefly tagged Leben, but his no-defense style left him wide open for Leben. Leben quickly grabbed the back of the head of Silva and began teeing off with uppercuts that saw Silva fall to the ground—after a few more shots it was clear he was out.
Leben took the stunningly quick knockout victory, stopping Silva just 0:27 seconds into the first round.
When the strikes were added up by CompuStrike, the stats showed 10 strikes landed for Leben, all of which he made count.
The long awaited bantamweight title fight between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber took place on Saturday, July 2, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. After 25 minutes of non-stop action, Dominick Cruz defended his title and avenged the lone loss of his MMA career.
The bad blood between these two fighters stems from the first time they met, back in 2007. That fight, for Faber's WEC featherweight title, was Cruz's first bout with the promotion, while Faber was essentially the face of the WEC since capturing the title from Cole Escovedo in 2006.
For some reason, even though he was fighting for the WEC title, Cruz's image was nowhere to be found on the event poster. To show his dissatisfaction for this slight, Cruz signed his name directly over the face of Faber; a move that did not sit well with the champ.
That 2007 fight did not last long, with Faber submitting Cruz at the 1:38 mark of the first round.
The 2011 bout turned out quite differently.
Cruz entered the fight with UFC gold around his waist, being named the UFC bantamweight champion when the WEC, where he held the bantamweight strap, was absorbed into the UFC late in 2010. He was also on an eight-fight winning streak. Faber had lost his WEC title to Mike Brown in November 2008; his record since that loss stood at 4-2.
When the UFC 132 main event began, it was clear that Cruz, often lauded for his cardio, was going to set the pace. Cruz was in continuous motion throughout the 25-minute title bout, changing position and using his footwork to provide an elusive target for the more flat footed and straight ahead Faber.
When Faber did catch Cruz, he made it count, dropping the champion to the ground to the loud cheers of the partisan Las Vegas crowd.
Cruz was the aggressor for the majority of the fight. His style and ability to land more punches and stick more takedowns were clearly what the judges noticed when he was awarded the unanimous decision (50–45, 49–46, 48–47).
According to CompuStrike, Cruz landed more strikes (99 to 74), while Faber landed more power strikes (45 to 38). Faber was able to stick only one of his eight takedown attempts, while Cruz was able to take Faber down on six of his 11 attempts.
After the fight, Faber told Joe Rogan that he thought he had the victory. He also added that he would welcome a third fight with Cruz.
If the two can deliver another exciting, fast paced fight like the one they delivered on Saturday night, a rubber match would be welcomed by many.