UFC 132 Recap & Review – Too Much To Cover

nullWell, where do I begin?

UFC 132 took place last night and was one of the most entertaining PPV’s I have seen in quite some time.

There were so many storylines that emerged from the event, but I guess I will have to start with the main event.

Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber put on quite a show, proving that bantamweights can headline a PPV. In the end, Cruz won a close unanimous decision that had Faber crushed and Cruz looking very joyous and relieved (AP Photograph).

I personally felt Cruz won 48-47 based on scoring rounds, but I don’t feel like the fight had a true winner or loser. I didn’t think Faber did enough to warrant winning the title, but I think he should be considered for an immediate rematch.

Faber’s quickness did nullify some of Cruz’ movement, but Cruz still seemed to dictate the pace and style of the fight. The ground scrambles were really impressive from both men and that essentially made the fight a standup battle, where Cruz landed a lot more strikes.

In the co-main event, Chris Leben defeated Wanderlei Silva by KO in just 27 seconds. Coming in, many thought Tito Ortiz would be fighting his last fight, but it may have been Silva that did, as he suffers another big time KO and is just 2-6 in his last eight fights.

I don’t know what this means for Leben, but he certainly recovered well from his loss to Stann earlier this year.

Perhaps the biggest thing to happen Saturday was Ortiz’ very surprising submission of Ryan Bader in the first round.

Ortiz caught Bader with a big right hand and then followed up with a guillotine choke to get the win. With his career on the line, Ortiz was not surprisingly quite emotional after the victory. He pulled out his famous “grave digger” celebration, which I thought was a little much. There is the old adage about acting like you have been there before, but I guess when you haven’t won a fight in five years, you never know when you will get a chance to win again.

Bader has now lost two in a row and has a long road to get back to top contender status. Ortiz deserves another big name for his next fight and we will see how far he can take this.

In other bouts, Carlos Condit had a very impressive KO win over previously unbeaten, Dong Hyun Kim. I expected Kim to use his size and strength to out-grapple Condit, but “The Natural Born Killer” never let that happen, landing big strikes early and often before using a flying knee to setup the victory. Condit quietly requested a title shot after the fight, but he probably has another win or two to go to seal that up.

In a controversial lightweight decision, Dennis Siver beat Matt Wiman. Siver won 29-28 on all three cards. Wiman was noticeably upset after the fight and stormed off, but I personally thought Siver won rounds one and three and Wiman clearly won round two. I don’t think Wiman can honestly say that he clearly won that fight.

Another impressive showing on the night came from lightweight Melvin Guillard, who scored a first round KO of Shane Roller. Guillard is on a role now and fighting with a lot of confidence. He is knocking on the door for a title shot. I personally would enjoy seeing a fight with him and Anthony Pettis.


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