UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber – Dominance Defended, Legends Emerge

UFC 132, held on July 2nd, 2011, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, was an event filled with captivating moments that further cemented the legacies of several fighters. The night witnessed the reigniting of a rivalry, the rise of new contenders, and the continued dominance of a champion.

Cruz Retains His Title:

In the main event, the highly anticipated rematch between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber for the UFC Bantamweight Championship took center stage. The first encounter, back in 2007, saw Cruz win a controversial split decision. This time, however, there was no room for debate. Cruz showcased his exceptional footwork and elusive movement, frustrating Faber throughout the five rounds. He picked his shots expertly, landing precise counter punches and takedowns, while Faber struggled to find his rhythm. In the end, Cruz emerged victorious via a dominant unanimous decision, solidifying his position as the top bantamweight in the world.

Legends Shine Bright:

While the main event focused on the future of the bantamweight division, the undercard featured some of the sport’s most established names.

  • Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader: The “Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” Tito Ortiz, stepped into the octagon for the 25th time in his illustrious career. Facing a rising prospect in Ryan Bader, Ortiz put on a vintage performance. He controlled the fight with his wrestling, securing a tapout via guillotine choke in the first round. This victory, though against a younger opponent, proved that Ortiz still possessed the skills and determination to compete at the highest level.
  • Chris Leben vs. Wanderlei Silva: Two legendary middleweights collided in what was expected to be a brutal brawl. Leben, known for his aggressive style, lived up to his reputation, throwing heavy punches and relentless pressure. Silva, however, countered effectively with his powerful leg kicks and Muay Thai arsenal. The fight went the distance, with Leben narrowly edging out Silva via a split decision.

Emergence of New Contenders:

Beyond the established stars, UFC 132 also provided a platform for the next generation of fighters.

  • Dennis Siver vs. Matt Wiman: The featherweight division saw a close and exciting contest between Dennis Siver and Matt Wiman. Both fighters displayed impressive striking skills and exchanged heavy blows throughout the three rounds. Ultimately, Siver secured a hard-fought unanimous decision, announcing his arrival as a serious contender in the division.
  • Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim: The welterweight clash between Carlos Condit and Dong Hyun Kim was a showcase of dynamic striking and athleticism. Condit, with his diverse arsenal of punches and kicks, proved too much for Kim. In the second round, Condit landed a devastating head kick that earned him the “Knockout of the Night” bonus and further solidified his position as a top contender in the welterweight division.

A Night to Remember:

UFC 132 was a night of captivating fights, showcasing the depth of talent within the UFC roster. It reaffirmed the dominance of established champions like Cruz, while also providing a platform for legends like Ortiz and Silva to shine. Additionally, the event witnessed the emergence of promising newcomers like Siver and Condit, promising an exciting future for the sport.

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