Dominick Cruz took home a unanimous decision victory over Urijah Faber in the main event at UFC 132. This was the first ever Bantamweight title fight in UFC history, and was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
What was the high spot of this fight?
For five rounds these two went at it, and there were a lot of good points. It's one of those fights that will reveal more as you continue to watch it. A few highlights include a nice combo from Cruz at the end of round 2, where he put together all the pieces of his unique striking style, and an aggressive start to round 5 from both men.
Where do these guys go from here?
I outlined why I think Cruz vs. Faber 3 is the best fight moving forward. If they go a different route, then Cruz needs a new title challenger. His only real options are former champion Brian Bowles or Demetrious Johnson. Since Bowles seems to have suffered a broken hand, and has a recent loss to Cruz, I would give the nod to Johnson.
Faber could get a rubber match with Cruz, but aside from that fight, he's likely out of the title picture for quite some time. But he's still the biggest name in the division, and should still be included in marquee match-ups. It's a few years late, but I think now is a good time to run the Faber vs. Miguel Torres fight that once had so much interest for WEC fans.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Now. I'm not sure it's the Fight of the Year that some people are claiming, but it's a very good 5 round title defense, with both men going hard for the full 25 minutes.
More BE coverage of UFC 132 in the full enty.
- Live Results and Play-By-Play - Brent Brookhouse
- Post-Fight Recap and Analysis - Mike Fagan
- Chris Leben and the Middleweight Title Picture - Fraser Coffeen
- The Day MMA Won The Combat Sports War - Josh Nason
- Why the Bantamweight Division Needs Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber 3 - Fraser Coffeen
- Bloody Elbow Radio UFC 132 Review
- Dominick Cruz Defeats Urijah Faber By Decision - Josh Nason
- Post-Fight Press Conference Video
- Chris Leben Knocks Out Wanderlei Silva In 27 Seconds - Josh Nason
- Tito Ortiz Fends Off Retirement - Matt Bishop
- Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader Fight Video Highlights - ESPN
- Tito Ortiz Submits Ryan Bader In The First Round - Josh Nason
- Dennis Siver Defeats Matt Wiman By Close Decision - Josh Nason
- Carlos Condit Knocks Out Dong Hyun Kim In The First Round - Josh Nason
- Melvin Guillard Knocks Out Shane Roller In First Round - Josh Nason
- Rafael dos Anjos Knocks Out George Sotiropoulos In 59 Seconds - Josh Nason
- Brian Bowles Defeats Takeya Mizugaki by Unanimous Decision - Leland Roling
- Anthony Njokuani Dominates Andre Winner - Leland Roling
- Aaron Simpson Puts Brad Tavares Through the Grinder - Leland Roling
- Jeff Hougland Showcases Diverse Skills, Decisions Donny Walker - Leland Roling