UFC 132 took place earlier this evening at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event aired live on pay-per-view at 9pm ET/6pm PT. The pay-per-view was preceded by prelim specials on Spike TV at 8pm ET/5pm PT and Facebook at 6:15pm ET/3:15pm PT.
In the main event, Dominick Cruz put his UFC bantamweight title on the line in a rematch with Urijah Faber.
Wanderlei Silva returned from a long layoff to take on fellow slugger Chris Leben.
Tito Ortiz met Ryan Bader in a must-win fight to stay in the UFC.
Carlos Condit looked to put himself in the welterweight title picture with a win against Dong Hyun Kim.
Dennis Siver and Matt Wiman met in a lightweight bout.
Results and recap after the jump.
- Dominick Cruz def. Urijah Faber via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 49-46, 48-47)
- Chris Leben def. Wanderlei Silva via KO (Punch) at :27 in Round 1
- Dennis Siver def. Matt Wiman via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Tito Ortiz def. Ryan Bader via Submission (Guillotine) at 1:56 in Round 1
- Carlos Condit def. Dong Hyun Kim via TKO (Punches) at 2:58 in Round 1
- Melvin Guillard def. Shane Roller via KO (Punch) at 2:12 in Round 1
- Rafael dos Anjos def. George Sotiropoulos via KO (Punch) at :59 in Round 1
- Brian Bowles def. Takeya Mizugaki via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Aaron Simpson def. Brad Tavares via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Anthony Njokuani def. Andre Winner by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
- Jeff Hougland def. Donny Walker via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Recap & Thoughts
Rafael dos Anjos vs. George Sotiropoulos: Once upon a time there was a promising Aussie and TUF 6 veteran named Sotiropoulos, who, with the help of his jui-jitsu black belt skills, was rocketing up the lightweight rankings to an inevitable title shot. Wait, did I say inevitable? Yeah, scratch that. After being derailed by Dennis Siver at UFC 127 with a decision loss, Sotiropoulos came into UFC 132 looking to get back on track. Unfortunately, a Brazilian named dos Anjos had other ideas, and after a brief feeling out period, dos Anjos uncorked a right hand that sent Sotiropoulos to the canvas stunned and done-ed at :59 of Round 1. So much for once-promising lightweights.
Anthony Njokuani vs. Andre Winner: Apparently Njokuani learned something from the complete and utter Muay Thai ass-kicking he received at the hands of Edson Barboza at UFC 128, because he turned around and did the same exact thing to Winner. For three full rounds the WEC vet countered the TUF vet’s slim boxing arsenal with a full kickboxing repertoire, a repertoire that included enough Thai clinch-work to earn himself a VIP suite at Bangkok’s Lumpini Stadium. Yes, folks, Winner took a beating. To his credit, though, he survived some serious knees- and punches-against-the-cage fury, and was swinging hard at the final bell in Round 3. But it was pretty much the Njokuani Show, and he took the unanimous decision when it was all over.
Melvin Guillard vs. Shane Roller: Guillard needs to be tested for superpowers, ‘cause the dude has been looking like the Flash and Quicksilver as of late. Moving at a speed far faster than what opponent Roller was putting forth, the TUF 2 washout was seemingly blasting the WEC vet at will. Really, at will. And it all came to an end when Roller lunged forward with a punch and Guillard fed him fist after fist after fist. Roller was barely conscious when he hit the ground, and Guillard took that from him with a serious of follow-up hammerfists, making the KO official at 2:12 of the first round.
Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim: In a battle between an ex-WEC champ and an undefeated South Korean judo black belt – both extremely skilled – you’d expect to see fireworks. Well, these guys did not disappoint. After sweeping his way out of what’s usually a perilous position for Kim’s opponents (bottom position), Condit made it back to his feet to stalk the South Korean around the cage, with Kim clearly acutely aware of the American’s striking prowess. However, awareness does not equal immunity, and soon Condit was launching into the air and pegging him with a flying knee. Kim fell completely out of sorts, and the subsequent storm of punches had the referee jumping in at 2:58 of the first round.
Ryan Bader vs. Tito Ortiz: It should’ve been Ortiz’s pugilistic exit interview from the Octagon, with “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” losing to TUF champ Bader and Dana White unceremoniously handing the former champ his walking papers. But nope, the man credited with being the face of Zuffa’s newly-acquired UFC (circa 2001) managed to pull it off. Nailing Bader with a stunning right hand and pouncing on him with an arm-in guillotine, Ortiz was suddenly squeezing with all his might – and at 1:56 of the first round, Bader was tapping out, giving Ortiz his first win in years. Looks like the Huntington Beach Bad Boy still has a job.
Dennis Siver vs. Matt Wiman: The funny thing about the clash between Siver and Wiman was that, although there was a great amount of wrestling and striking technique there, at times it looked as if they were two action figures thrown at each other by a precocious child. Perhaps sensing that no good could come from these wild explosions of violence, Wiman quickly shifted from “willing to duke it out on the feet” to “chasing his fortunes on the ground”. And he found them in the second round, solving the riddle of Siver’s anti-wrestling to put him on his back and drop innumerable elbows from within German fighter’s guard. Siver was a bloody mess by the end of the frame. Sadly, Wiman didn’t see the same success in the third round, eating a fair amount of kicks and punches to go with the takedowns and submission attempts he scored with. But it should’ve been enough. However, when time expired the judges inexplicably awarded Siver the unanimous decision – a decision he did not deserve. Oh well. That’s MMA judging for you.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben: Legends don’t die, but they sure as hell fade away hard. In patented “Axe Murderer” style, Silva came at TUF 1 veteran Leben firing both barrels – and Leben took that raw aggression and turned it right back at him, feeding the Brazilian a plethora of uppercuts that knocked him senseless. Silva fell face first to the mat, and Leben continued punching, prompting referee Josh Rosenthal to jump lest someone die. The official time of the KO was 27 seconds of the first round.
Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber: How do you fight someone who moves so fast back and forth you think he’s having a seizure? If you’re challenger Faber taking on champ Cruz – who moves as described – you kind of hope it plays it in similar fashion to your prior WEC meeting, which ended in a quick guillotine victory. Alas, a short bout was not to be. For five rounds Faber and Cruz battled, Faber’s usual speed advantage nullified by Cruz’s speed and erratic style, and though “The California Kid” managed to land a decent number of blows, Cruz out-pointed him by hitting him more. The final round had Cruz repeatedly scoring takedowns and Faber repeatedly scrambling back to his feet, and when the ending bell tolled, the judges had the unanimous decision going to Cruz.
Submission of the Night: Tito Ortiz
Knockout of the Night: Carlos Condit
Fight of the Night: Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber