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Dominick Cruz retains title in hotly-contested clash with Urijah Faber at UFC 132

A month of non-stop weekend MMA action came to an end Saturday night but not before UFC perhaps the biggest card of the summer and “UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber II”.

The show was headlined by a bantamweight battle between bitters rivals with champ Dominick Cruz avenging the only loss of his career against charismatic challenger Urijah Faber after five hard-fought round. In the co-main event, middleweight slugger Chris Leben left legendary striker Wanderlei Silva face-first in a heap after a series of well-placed uppercuts. The card was also highlighted by former light heavyweight title-holder Tito Ortiz‘s upset submission of Ultimate Fighter 8 winner Ryan Bader.

Read below for a rundown of “UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber II” results including play-by-play related to televised bouts…


Jeff Hougland def. Donny Walker via Unanimous Decision
Anthony Njokuani def. Andre Winner via Unanimous Decision
Aaron Simpson def. Brad Tavares via Unanimous Decision
Brian Bowles def. Takeya Mizugaki via Unanimous Decision


Rafael dos Anjos vs. George Sotiropoulos

Round One: Some even exchanges early and then dos Anjos clipped Sotiropoulos with a big right hook that sent Sotiropoulos down and out. The ref jumped in before Anjos could land another punch. The fight lasted under a minute.

Official Decision: Rafael dos Anjos def. George Sotiropoulos via KO Round 1 (Right Hook)

Melvin Guillard vs. Shane Roller

Round One: Guillard starting very quick with his strikes. Guillard having a lot of success with the straight right and a left body kick. Guillard drooped Roller with a right uppercut followed by a left hook and then tried to finish on the ground but Roller survived and got up. Guillard stayed on him though and landed a knee followed by a straight left that but Roller back down. This time Guillard was able to put him out cold with a flurry of punches.

Official Decision: Melvin Guillard def. Shane Roller via KO Round 1 (Strikes)


Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim

Round One: Early takedown by Kim after ducking under some strikes. Condit was able to sweep him over though but Kim was immediately to his feet. Neither man able to get much going on the feet but Condit was more active. Condit ended up landing a huge flying knee that put Kim down. Condit followed with a quick flurry of punches that put Kim out cold. Great finish.

Official Decision: Carlos Condit def. Dong Hyun Kim via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)

Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader

Round One: A lot of swinging and missing early by both men but Bader is doing a nice job with the inside leg kick. Ortiz dropped Bader with a right hand, jumped on him, locked on a guillotine, rolled to his back, and then ended up getting the tap out. Stunning finish.

Official Decision: Tito Ortiz def. Ryan Bader via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)

Matt Wiman vs. Dennis Siver

Round One: A lot of leg kicks by both men early. Siver landing some very good counter punchs when Wiman misses with the overhand right. Wiman tried very hard for a takedown but Siver fought it off and made Wiman give up on it with a guillotine choke threat. Siver ended up getting a takedown but allowed Wiman up after a kimura threat. Siver swinging with some big punches but Wiman covering and moving well. Wiman ended up with a late round takedown but couldn’t do much with it as the round ended. Close round but the late round takedown may have swung things in Wiman’s favor. I still think Siver did more damage and had more success in the round though. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Siver.

Round Two: Wiman working hard for the takedown early but Siver fending it off. Wiman eventually got the takedown and ended up in guard. Wiman cut Siver over the eye with a good elbow. Wiman continued to batter Siver with elbows on the ground. Siver bleeding badly. Wiman really turning it on with strikes from the top position. Wiman continues to pour it on as the round ends. It took him awhile to get the takedown but once he got it, Wiman really did a number of the face of Siver. Great round for Wiman. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Wiman.

Round Three: Wiman went for the takedown early but Siver was able to stuff it. Siver finally went for the spinning back kick but Wiman easily avoided it. Siver more active with his strikes but neither man really landing anything. Wiman having success with the overhand right in this round as Siver is anticipating the takedowns and leaving his hands a bit low. Wiman working hard for another takedown but Siver denies him again and lands some short punches. Wiman ended up dropping for a guillotine but Siver was able to get out. Back on the feet, Wiman caught a kick and swept Siver down. As Siver scrambled up, Wiman went for another guillotine but Siver escaped. The round ended with Wiman partially completely a takedown as Siver went for a guillotine. Another close round but a slight edge to Wiman based on damage and control. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Wiman.

Official Decision: Dennis Siver def. Matt Wiman by Unanimous Decision

Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben

Round One: Silva countered with the leg kicks of Leben early with a flurry of punches but Leben took it and countered with a left that rocked Silva. Silva continued to press forward though and Leben battered him with some huge uppercuts that put Silva down. Leben continued to pound on Silva from the turtle position on the ground until the ref finally stopped things.

Official Decision: Chris Leben def. Wanderlei Silva via KO Round 1 (Punches)

Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber

Round One: Cruz connects early with a straight right. Faber ended up getting a body lock but couldn’t get Cruz to the mat. Cruz using a lot of movement but Faber doing a good job moving and avoiding. Cruz threw a knee the same time Faber landed a right, which knocked Cruz down but he was right back up. Big uppercut by Cruz as Faber was moving in. Faber doing a nice job clinching and then throwing and connecting on the break. Cruz went for a late takedown but Faber ended up using a whizzer to throw him just as the bell sounded. Close round but a slight edge to Faber who seemed to do more damage. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Faber.

Round Two: Slow start to the round but Cruz ended up catching Faber with a couple of good punches. Faber landed a good overhand right but otherwise not much going for him two minutes into the round. Cruz very active in this round with his strikes and landing a variety of strikes while Faber can’t seem to get anything going. Uppercut seemed to rocked Faber but he was quickly back. Faber landed a right that stumbled Cruz and chased after him but Cruz quickly regained his footing. Cruz scored with a takedown near the end of the round but Faber was right back up. Cruz landed a good combo to end things. Very good round for Cruz. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Cruz.

Round Three: Cruz connected early with another straight right, which has been working all fight for him. Cruz landed a beautiful uppercut-straight combo but Faber shook it off. Faber again having trouble getting anything going. Faber got the back on the feet and dragged Cruz down but Cruz scrambled and ended up on top. Faber scrambled up though and landed a right on the break. Cruz continues to dance around and peck at Faber. Cruz went for a late round takedown but Faber stuffed it. Another good round for Cruz although Faber made it close near the end. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Cruz.

Round Four: Cruz starts the round fast with some good combos. Faber rocked Cruz with a right hand that sent him down but Cruz was back up and going for a takedown. Faber stuffed it though. Back on the feet and Cruz seems to have regained his wits but he’s moving a bit slower. Cruz still landing some good combos and stuffing the takedowns of Faber. Cruz went for another takedown but Faber stuffed it. Cruz landed a good right but Faber came back with two lefts. Faber now having success with the straight right. Faber stuffs a late takedown attempt by Cruz. Cruz rebounded after the knockdown but Faber landed his fair share of punches as well. Close round but a slight edge to Faber. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Faber.

Round Five: Cruz landed a flying knee early that wobbled Faber but as he came in, Faber landed a good right hand. Cruz got a takedown but Faber was right back up. Cruz got a takedown but Faber grabbed a guillotine, got up, and landed a left on the break. Cruz keeps getting takedowns but Faber continues to get right back up. Cruz moving forward but Faber countered well. Cruz with more takedowns and Faber more getting up. Faber stuffs the final takedown attempt of Cruz. Extremely close round and fight. Cruz got takedowns but did nothing with them. Slight edge to Cruz though. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Cruz and the fight 48-47 for Cruz.

Official Decision: Dominick Cruz def. Urijah Faber via Unanimous Decision to retain the UFC Bantamweight Title


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