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Cruz Stays at the Top

Cruz Stays at the Top

Saturday, July 02, 2011
by Brian Knapp (bknapp@sherdog.com)

Dominick Cruz waited for more than four years for another crack at Urijah Faber, and he made sure he did not let the opportunity pass him by.Cruz (18-1, 1-0 UFC) bobbed, weaved, punched, kicked and wrestled his way to a unanimous decision over Faber, as he defended his bantamweight crown in theUFC 132 headliner on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Scores were 50-45, 49-46 and 48-47 for Cruz, who avenged the only defeat of his career and cemented his place atop the 135-pound division.Cruz utilized all his tools against “The California Kid,” lateral movement chief among them. He pressed forward relentlessly and landed brilliant multi-strike, multi-level combinations throughout the memorable 25-minute encounter, tagging Faber with blows to the head, body and legs.

“I knew he was going to come in awkward like that,” Faber said. “I decided to come straight forward. I didn’t feel like I was in danger at any point, but it is what it is.”

More than one round was too close to call, as the evenly matched bantamweights went toe-to-toe with one another for five rounds. Faber found a home for his powerful straight right hand on several occasions and knocked Cruz off balance with it in the fourth round, sending the champion into scramble mode. He recovered soon after, and the two resumed their duel in the center of the Octagon.

“I gotta say, Urijah hits hard,” Cruz said. “His hands are very fast. Urijah’s hands are good. Don’t [sleep] on his hands.”

The fifth round was arguably Cruz’s best. He backed up Faber (25-5, 1-1 UFC) with a textbook flying knee and scored with multiple takedowns. Faber was quick to return to his feet each time, but Cruz often beat him to the punch and left him swinging at air.

“I hit him with a jumping knee, and that rocked him,” Cruz said. “He’s tough, man. He’s a veteran, and he did well to recover from it.”

The defeat halted Faber’s two-fight winning streak.

“I knew it was going to be a tough fight,” Faber said. “I thought I landed the heavier punches. I had him rocked a couple of times, but congratulations to Dominick; He won. It wasn’t enough of an output on my side, and I didn’t finish him. I felt like I won the fight, but congratulations to Dominick.”

Leben Waylays Silva in 27 Seconds

In less than 30 seconds, Chris Leben chopped down one of his heroes.

Leben (26-7, 12-6 UFC) stopped Brazilian icon and former Pride Fighting Championshipsmiddleweight titleholder Wanderlei Silva on first-round strikes in the co-main event. It was over in just 27 seconds, as Leben won for the fourth time in five appearances.

“I can’t believe it’s real,” Leben said. “Holy s–t.”

Ever aggressive, Silva (33-11-1, 1 NC, 3-6 UFC) unleashed an opening salvo that backed up his red-headed opponent. However, Leben clipped the Brazilian with a left hook behind the ear, wobbling the fan favorite. Silva tried to clinch and recover, but he was met with a series of powerful uppercuts that brought him to his knees. A string of brutal Leben lefts finished it and left “The Axe Murderer” face down on the mat.

“I’m going to tell you where he messed up,” Leben said. “He hit me right on the button. You know what happens when [opponents] hit me there. He cracked me, and I fired back on auto-pilot. It was a heavy shot right on my nose. I think it might be broken.”

Silva, who turns 35 on Sunday, has lost six of his last eight bouts.

“Wanderlei, I love you. You are my hero,” Leben said. “Thank you for honoring me with that fight.”

Siver Edges Wiman, Wins Fourth Straight

Dennis Siver File Photo

Siver edged Wiman on points.
Dennis Siver survived a harrowing second round and eked out a controversial unanimous decision over “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 alum Matt Wiman in a featured lightweight affair. All three cageside judges saw it 29-28 for Siver, who has pieced together a four-fight winning streak inside the promotion’s deepest division.Siver (19-7, 8-4 UFC) stuffed Wiman’s early takedown attempts and controlled the standup for much of the encounter. However, Wiman grounded the Russian-born German kickboxer in the second round and tattooed him with heavy elbows from inside his guard, opening a pair of cuts on his forehead. By the time the period ended, Siver’s head and torso were covered in blood.Round three was close and competitive, as Wiman (13-6, 7-4 UFC) connected with a nice overhand right and scored with a trip takedown. Siver had his moments, too, highlighted by a precision front kick to the face and thudding leg kicks. He closed in better position, as he swept Wiman off his feet with a low kick, attacked with punches from the top and threatened with a guillotine choke as the horn sounded.

“It was a very close decision. That’s a fact. I don’t know who won,” Siver said. “Next time, I’m going to try to improve my takedown defense. Altogether, I was satisfied with the fight. This guy was horribly strong, and it was very hard for me to hit him.”

Ortiz Guillotine Submits Bader

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz submitted “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 winner Ryan Bader with an arm-in guillotine choke less than two minutes into the first round of their featured light heavyweight duel. Bader asked out of the fight 1:56 into round one.

Ortiz (16-8-1, 15-8-1 UFC) buckled Bader with a short right hand, pounced on his fallen foe and cinched the choke on his exposed neck. Bader (12-2, 5-2 UFC) struggled briefly to free himself, but Ortiz’s grip was not to be broken, and surrender became the only option. It was Ortiz’s first submission since he finished Yuki Kondo with a neck crank at UFC 29 in December 2000. He had not won a fight in nearly five years.

“I hit him with a right hook, and I saw his knees buckle, so I just pushed forward, got on top and sunk an arm-in guillotine,” said Ortiz, who tied UFC hall of famers Matt Hughesand Randy Couture for most career appearances in the Octagon (24). “A lot of wrestlers tap to this. I secured my elbow on the inside. He tried to pull his head out, but I was strong. He wasn’t going anywhere.”

Condit Flying Knee Wipes Out Kim

In a brilliant performance that could launch Carlos Condit into title contention, formerWEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit blasted the previously unbeaten Dong Hyun Kim with a picture-perfect flying knee and follow-up punches en route to a clean first-round finish. The end to their 170-pound showcase came 2:58 into round one.

Kim (14-1-1, 1 NC, 5-1, 1 NC UFC) delivered a takedown inside the first minute, only to be swept by the experienced and well-rounded Condit. The judoka never again took it to the ground. Condit (27-5, 4-1 UFC) softened him with kicks to the body, as he patiently set up the finish. The 27-year-old Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts representative launched himself into the air and fired the knee, sending the dazed South Korean to the ground in a seated position next to the cage. Condit trailed him there and polished off Kim with unanswered punches.

With that, Condit — a winner in 12 of his last 13 appearances — likely established himself as the next top contender for the UFC welterweight crown.

“How about it, [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva?” Condit asked. “Am I ready for a title shot or what?”

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UFC 132 Prelims: Guillard Flattens Roller in First

Melvin Guillard (file photo) has won five straight. | Photo: Sherdog.com

The surging Melvin Guillard recorded his fifth consecutive win, as he blitzed three-time collegiate All-American wrestler Shane Roller with speed and power in a preliminary lightweight bout at UFC 132 “Cruz vs. Faber 2” on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Guillard finished it 2:12 into the first round.

“I’ve been training hard. I feel great,” Guillard said. “I feel a lot of emotions right now. My whole life, I’ve battled so much, and now I’m coming back to the top of my game. My life is in order, and this is a great feeling. I know I’m making my dad proud right now.”

Guillard cracked Roller with a beautiful, short counter left hook, caught him with a knee from the clinch as he returned to his feet and dropped him again with a straight left. He then showered Roller with hammerfists for the finish. At 28, Guillard, a Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts representative, has become a definite factor in the lightweight division.

“I just keep knocking them out as they line them up,” he said. “I don’t know how close I am [to a title shot].”

Dos Anjos Counter KOs Sotiropoulos

Rafael dos Anjos needed less than a minute to dispatch fellow Brazilian jiu-jitsu black beltGeorge Sotiropoulos, as he uncorked a blistering counter right hook that left the dazed Aussie flat on his back in the center of the cage. Referee Yves Lavigne quickly moved in to protect Sotiropoulos (14-4, 7-2 UFC) from further damage. The end to the preliminary lightweight tilt came 59 seconds into round one.

The knockout blow found its mark during a brief exchange between the two 155-pounders. Dos Anjos’ fist met Sotiropoulos’ chin and sent “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 6 semifinalist to the ground, his head bouncing off the canvas. Dos Anjos (15-5, 4-3 UFC), who had not fought in nearly a year, has won four of his past five bouts.

Bowles Takes Decision, Appears to Re-Injure Hand

Former WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles took a unanimous decision fromTakeya Mizugaki in a preliminary matchup at 135 pounds, despite appearing to suffer another hand injury. All three cageside judges scored it for the oft-injured Bowles: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28. The 31-year-old remains undefeated in the UFC.

Mizugaki (14-6-2, 1-1 UFC) countered effectively throughout the first round but lost his way in the second. Bowles trapped a low kick, cracked him with a straight right hand, put him on the ground and pounced, moving quickly to the back. From there, he latched a body triangle and worked for a rear-naked choke until the end of the period.

Bowles (10-1, 2-0 UFC) all but abandoned his right hand in round three and looked to be in considerable discomfort. Still, he fought through the pain, secured a takedown and again moved to Mizugaki’s back, this time from a standing position. He closed the stronger of the two, the wounded limb notwithstanding.

Aaron Simpson File Photo

Simpson gave Tavares his first loss.
Simpson Hands Tavares First LossAaron Simpson did what he does best, as he controlled the clinch, scored with takedowns, landed on occasion with his powerful right hand and picked up a unanimous decision over the previously unbeatenBrad Tavares.Simpson swept the scorecards — 30-27 from all three judges — in the preliminary middleweight duel.

Simpson (10-2, 5-2 UFC) did much of his work in the clinch, as he neutralized the talented but raw Hawaiian in tight quarters. His approach may not have been pleasing to the eye, but it was effective.

Simpson secured multiple takedowns in the third round, and though he failed to keep Tavares (7-1, 2-1 UFC) on his back, he zapped his energy and racked up points.

Njokuani Outclasses Winner in Decision

WEC alum Anthony Njokuani outclassed Team Rough House representative Andre Winneren route to a one-sided unanimous decision in an undercard bout at 155 pounds. Scores were 30-26, 30-26 and 30-27 — all for Njokuani. The Nigerian-born muay Thai stylist entered the cage with losses in three of his last four appearances.

It became clear in the first round that Winner was outgunned on the feet. Njokuani (14-5, 1 NC, 1-1 UFC) landed a series of low kicks, beautiful counter uppercuts and various other strikes to the head and body. He had winner on rubbery legs late in the period, as he unleashed a hellacious flurry on “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 9 finalist. Somehow, Winner (11-6-1, 2-4 UFC survived to see round two.

An overhand right and knees to the body and head, along with kicks to the inside and outside of Winner’s leg, kept momentum in Njokuani’s corner in the second and third rounds. Winner has suffered three consecutive defeats, likely putting his roster spot in the UFC in jeopardy.

Hougland Outpoints Walker in Octagon Debut

Rumble on the Ridge champion Jeff Hougland made a successful promotional debut, as he defeated Donny Walker by unanimous decision in a preliminary bantamweight matchup. All three cageside judges scored it for Hougland: 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27. The 32-year-old Chicago native has won nine consecutive fights, none more significant than this one.

Hougland (10-4, 1-0 UFC), a WEC veteran, was the aggressor from the outset, as he delivered a first-round takedown and threatened Walker with a guillotine choke. In the second, he picked up the pace on his feet, as he landed a spinning-back fist, popped Walker with repeated jabs and opened a cut above his opponent’s right eye. Late in the period, he cinched another guillotine and nearly finished it. Only the horn broke his grip.

To his credit, Walker (15-7, 0-1 UFC) tried to make a move in round three, fighting effectively in the clinch and sprawling successfully on attempted takedowns. However, he could not dig himself out of the early hole. It was Walker’s first defeat in nearly three years.

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UFC 132 Results & Live Play-by-Play

UFC 132 Results & Live Play-by-Play

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Sherdog.com will report from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with play-by-play and live results ofUFC 132.The card is to be headlined by a bantamweight title duel pitting champion Dominick Cruz against Urijah Faber.Check out the MMA Forums to discuss the card.

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Jeff Hougland vs. Donny Walker
Round 1
Referee Mario Yamasaki starts the contest. Hougland lands an inside leg kick and follows with a jab. Hougland lands a body kick and then shoots for a double. He completes the takedown and is now standing over Walker and dropping shots to the body and head. Walker is active off his back, preventing the pass and landing several elbows. Stalemate now as both men jockey for position. Hougland lands a pair of elbows and then stacks Walker against the cage. With Walker seated against the cage, Hougland snatches an arm-in guillotine, but he can’t finish the fight. The round ends with Hougland on top, but Walker is landing elbows from the guard.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Hougland
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-9 Hougland
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Hougland

Round 2
The pair trade tentative strikes to start the second, but Hougland is more active, landing multiple leg kicks. Hougland lands a spinning back fist to the side of the head. Walker is really looking for the big shot. Hougland shoots a takedown, but it’s stuffed. Hougland lands a nice outside leg kick and then a pair of jabs. Walker is cut over his right eye. Hougland ties a head kick, but it’s blocked. Walker continues to press forward, whiffing on a body kick and then a left hook. Hougland lands a looping counter left hook, but it’s answered by a leg kick from Walker. Walker rushes in and takes an incidental knee to the groin. Yamasaki calls for time, but restarts them quickly. Hougland continually lands a well-timed jab and then tags Walker with a big shot coming in that hurts him. Hougland tries another guillotine and jumps into guard. Walker seems safe, however. Now Hougland switches to a no-arm variation, and it looks close to being over. The horn sounds, and we’ll go to round three.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Hougland
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-8 Hougland
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-8 Hougland

Round 3
The fighters touch gloves to start. Hougland lands a right cross, but walker answers with a lead-right hook. Walker clinches and presses Hougland against the cage. Both men land knees before Hougland shoots for a double. Walker sprawls, and Hougland pulls guard. Hougland is trying a straight armbar from bottom. Walker stacks him and drops Hougland on the back of his head. Hougland now threatening with a triangle, but Walker squirts an arm through Hougland’s legs and escapes. Yamasaki stands them up after a few seconds of inactivity. Walker lands a nice leg kick and then a pair of right hands. Hougland tries a double, but Walker again sprawls. Walker is setting up a D’arce from top control in Hougland’s half guard. Hougland sweeps from half and winds up in Walker’s guard. Both men are landing shots – Hougland with punches, Walker with elbows off his back. Both men continue to throw as the round expires.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Houghland (30-27 Houghland)
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-9 Walker (29-27 Houghland)
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Walker (29-27 Houghland)

Official scores: 29-28 (twice) and 30-27 for Houghland, winner by unanimous decision. Judges names are not announced.

Andre Winner vs. Anthony Njokuani
Round 1
Referee Yves Lavigne kicks off this lightweight contest. Njokuani leads with an inside leg kick, but Winner responds with a hard one-two that is blocked. Both men gauge distance with front kicks. Njokuani digs a left hook to the ribs. Winner leads with a left hook, but Njokuani responds with another leg kick before trying a spinning elbow. Winner tries a lead uppercut. Njokuani counters with a knee and a pair of leg kicks and follows with a knee to the ribs from the clinch. Njokuani lands a sweet counter uppercut to the jaw. Winner rushes for ward, then whiffs on a high kick. Njokuani circles to his right and lands another leg kick and then goes upstairs. Winner blocks the head kick and charges forward with a hook that is countered with a body punch. Njokuani counters with another uppercut. Njokuani lands a leg kick and then a teep to the gut. Njokuani lands a jab and then another front kick. Njokuani lands a pair of knees to the face and follows up with a murderous flurry. Punches, knees come from everywhere, but Winner is somehow still alive. Winner is out on his feet. Referee Yves Lavigne is looking hard at this one. Winner somehow survives another burst and is taken down with a trip. He bounces back to his feet as the horn sounds.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-8 Njokuani
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-8 Njokuani
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-8 Njokuani

Round 2
Incredibly, Winner comes out aggressive to start round two. Njokuani stays on the outside, gauging distance. Winner leads with a left hook. Njokuani responds with a high kick. Both shots are mostly blocked. Deliberate pace through the first minute until Njokuani lands a hard overhand right that knocks Winner into the cage. More knees from Njokuani to Winner’s ribs and face. Winner escapes to the center of the cage. Winner secures a body lock and executes a hip toss, but Winner bounces back to his feet again. The men exchange knees in the clinch against the cage until Lavigne restarts them in the center. Both men land punches, then Winner lands a lead left hook. Njokuani lands an outside leg kick, then an inside variation. Another inside leg kick from Njokuani followed by a high kick that is blocked. Winner whiffs with that lead left hook. Njokuani lands a body kick. Winner misses on a right hand lead. Njokuani tries another spinning elbow, but hits nothing but air. Jab from Njokuani, then a flurry of kicks that push Winner out of punching distance.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Njokuani
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-9 Njokuani
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Njokuani

Round 3
Njokuani lands another inside leg kick to start the third. Winner blocks a high kick and tries one of his own. Winner leads with an uppercut and follows with a body jab. Njokuani lands a nice right hook to the jaw. Winner lands a nice body jab. The Brit tries an uppercut, but it’s blocked. Winner just misses on a head kick. Njokuani fires a four-strike combination and then lands a hard leg kick to the lead thigh. Left hook to the ribs from Njokuani and then a lead-leg body kick. Winner is trying to get on the inside, but Njokuani continues to frustrate him on the outside. Another leg kick from Njokuani. And another. Njokuani tries a takedown, but it’s stuffed. Winner lands a left hook from the clinch, but Njokuani responds with a combination before circling away from the fence. Njokuani switches briefly to southpaw and seems content to ride out the decision. Scratch that. Njokuani lands a left hook and then a body kick. Winner is still game and looking for a big shot, but it’s not there. The horn sounds to end the bout.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Njokuani (30-26 Njokuani)
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-9 Njokuani (30-26 Njokuani)
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Njokuani (30-26 Njokuani)

Official scores: 30-26 (twice) and 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision, Njokuani.

Brad Tavares vs. Aaron Simpson
Round 1
Josh Rosenthal starts the middleweight bout. Tavares lands a body kick as Simpson clinches and hunts for a takedown. Knees to the thigh courtesy of Simpson. Tavares is hanging onto an overhook and defending the takedown successfully thus far. Simpson elevates Tavares briefly, but he can’t quite get him up for a slam or trip. More knees from the clinch from Simpson. The crowd boos the clinch work. Tavares defends another trip attempt. Midway through the round, and Simpson is still pounding Tavares against the cage. Rosenthal restarts them due to inactivity. Tavares lands a nice right straight, but Simpson eats it and fires a leg kick before bulling forward to clinch against the cage again. Simpson whirls Tavares around again, but Tavares uses his whizzer to defend, ending up back in the clinch against the cage. Both men trade shots as the round expires.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Simpson
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-9 Simpson
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Simpson

Round 2
Simpson lands a leg kick, but Tavares counters with a heavy right hand. Tavares pops Simpson coming in and drops him momentarily. Simpson springs back to his feet and manages to secure a body lock that he turns into a waist-cinch. Tavares turns into his foe to prevent full back control and the fighters are back in the over-under clinch once again. Both men jockey for position while Rosenthal asks them to increase their work rate. Tavares is now digging for a double-leg, but Simpson defends well before landing a nice pair of knees from the Thai plum. Tavares tries again, and this time he executes the takedown, elevating Simpson and slamming him hard. Simpson springs back to his feet immediately, however, and pins Simpson against the cage. Now Simpson tries for a guillotine with Tavares seated against the cage. Tavares escapes the choke and works his way out of a front headlock before recovering to the Greco clinch. Tavares defends a takedown as the round expires.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-10
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-9 Simpson
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-10

Round 3
Simpson whiffs on a huge right hand before closing the gap and clinching again. They separate. Tavares lands a counter combination as Simpson charges forward. Tavares defends another takedown attempt with a whizzer. Back in the clinch, Simpson continues to work with short punches. Simpson gets a body lock and tries to drag Tavares down, but Tavares’ base is still stout. Even so, it’s Simpson dictating everything so far this round. Simpson finally gets his takedown, but Tavares stands up. Simpson trips him down, but Tavares again stands. Simpson is relentless, grinding his foe down with this constant pressure. Simpson tries another double, but Tavares again defends well. Rosenthal separates the men. Simpson lands a nice overhand right and transitions into an outside trip to score the takedown. Tavares escapes to his feet and tries another takedown that’s stuffed. The fighters are still scrapping as the horn sounds.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Simpson (30-28 Simpson)
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-9 Simpson (30-27 Simpson)
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Simpson (30-28 Simpson)

Official scores: 30-27s across the board for Aaron Simpson, winner by unanimous decision.

Brian Bowles vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Round 1
Mario Yamasaki starts the bantamweight bout. Both men tentative to start. Bowles tosses out a jab, and Mizugaki tries an overhand right before landing an outside leg kick. Bowles circles to his left and fires a jab, but Mizugaki cracks him with a right hand for his efforts. Mizugaki blocks an uppercut and lands another right before finding a home for another leg kick. Another leg kick from the Japanese fighter. Bowles lands a jab and Mizugaki whiffs on another overhand. Bowles still sticking his jab out there, but Mizugaki is still looking to counter. Bowles lands a glancing jab. Bowles still circling left. Mizugaki times him with a right hand and catches Bowles coming in. Bowles lands a right of his own, but there’s little power behind it. Both men launch a three punch combo, and the American lands his best punch of the fight so far. Bowles clinches up and now presses Mizugaki against the cage. Bowles now cinches up a body lock and begins to knee the ribs. Yamasaki breaks them with 10 seconds left in the frame.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Mizugaki
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-10
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Mizugaki

Round 2
Both men tentative again to start the second before Mizugaki initiates the action with a right cross and then a leg kick. Bowles lands a pair of stiff jabs and then a right hand. Bowles’ movement has picked up, and he lands another jab. Bowles lands a one-two, but Mizugaki counters with a jab. Body jab by Bowles. Mizugaki lands a sharp right hand on the counter. Mizugaki lands another right hand before eating a Bowles jab. Hard leg kick from Mizugaki. Nice counter right hand from Bowles. Mizugaki fires back with a right, but Bowles seems unfazed. Bowles catches an outside leg kick and cracks Mizugaki with a right straight. Bowles jumps on his foe and takes his back. Bowles now cinches a body triangle and is searching for a rear-naked choke. Mizugaki defends well, but Bowles is trying to soften him up with punches from the back. Mizugaki wants to turn Bowles, but the triangle keeps him in place. Bowles is trying hard to finish with the rear-naked, but Mizugaki is still calm as the horn sounds.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Bowles
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-9 Bowles
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Bowles

Round 3
Bowles may have broken his hand once again in round two. Mizugaki tries a left hook to start the frame, but Bowles smothers him and presses his foe against the cage. Mizugaki lands a high knee to Bowles’ face from the Greco clinch. Bowles lands short knees to Mizugaki’s legs. Mizugaki catches a knee and fires a combination to escape the position. Bowles shoots a double and completes it in a big way. Suddenly, Bowles again has Mizugaki’s back, this time from a standing position. Bowles clings to Mizugaki’s back like like a monkey as he thinks about a rear-naked choke. Mizugaki is calm with wrist control, but Bowles is still on his back. Mizugaki tries to land short blows to Bowles’ face, and the crowd boos the stalemate. Yamasaki separates them with 50 seconds remaining. Mizugaki is pressing forward and lands a combination. Bowles lands a right hand, but it looked uncomfortable. Bowles is on his bike as the round expires.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Bowles (29-28 Bowles)
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-9 Bowles (30-28 Bowles)
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Bowles (29-28 Bowles)

Official scores: 30-27 (twice) and 29-28 for Bowles, winner by unanimous decision.

Rafael dos Anjos vs. George Sotiropoulos
Round 1
Referee Yves Lavigne signals the start of the Spike TV card. Sotiropoulos presses immediately. Dos Anjos fires a combination, but he’s countered by a Sots combination. The Aussie lands a light outside leg kick, and Dos Anjos retaliates with a hard one. The pair exchange looping hooks, and the Brazilian’s clips Sotiropoulos on the chin. The Aussie collapses, his skull bouncing off the canvas. Lavigne steps in to stop the contest at only 59 seconds of the first frame, saving Sotiropoulos from further punishment.

Melvin Guillard vs. Shane Roller
Round 1
Josh Rosenthal starts the lightweight contest. Guillard tries a pair of flying knees to begin and follows up with a left hook and a right hand. Guillard is on his toes and looks very comfortable. Guillard lands a hard leg kick and follows with a combination. Guillard lands a nice body kick as Roller rushes in, but it looks like Roller was poked in the eye in the process. Roller is fine, and the bout continues. Roller checks a leg kick, but gets clipped with a punch to the body. Roller lands a nice left hook as both men throw. Guillard did not enjoy that, and he circles out. Roller now presses forward but gets caught with an uppercut, left hook combo that drops him. He struggles to his feet but gets blasted with another straight shot to the chops that puts him back on the mat. There is no escape this time, as Guillard pounds him into unconsciousness. The end comes at 2:12 of the first frame, as Josh Rosenthal declares Guillard the winner by knockout.

Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Round 1
Kim gets in close and slams Condit to the mat authoritatively. However, Condit quickly pins Kim’s arm, and sweeps to full mount, and tries to lock up a guillotine. Kim peels Condit’s hands, and they resume standing. Low kick lands for Condit. Neither guy locating hard strikes. Condit flicks a front kick, and then explodes with a furious flying right knee that wrecks Kim. Kim falls to his seat, and “The Natural Born Killer” is all over him, taking mount and punching away, wracking Kim’s head from side to side. Steve Mazzagatti rescues the shattered Kim at 2:58 of the first round. Incredible knockout.

Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader
Round 1
Both men start with an active jab. Bader lands an overhand right that stumbles Ortiz briefly. Dueling low kicks whiff for each man. Ortiz rushes with a two-piece, but Bader circles away. Low kick for Bader. Both men trade turns pumping their hands and landing a low kick. Ortiz jumps in with a right hook that crushes Bader, folding his legs over one another. Ortiz smells blood, and attacks with punches. Bader fights to a single-leg attempt, but Ortiz locks up a guillotine and jumps guard. It’s deep, and Ortiz strains hard to finish the choke. Bader tries to wriggle free, but is caught, and feebly taps. A jubilant Ortiz leaps to his feet, instantly recreating his famous “Gravedigger” routine with gusto. The end comes just 1:56 into the first round. Incredible win for Tito Ortiz.

Matt Wiman vs. Dennis Siver
Round 1
Hard low kick by Siver lands, and his overhand follow whizzes by Wiman. Wiman low kicks. Siver launches a one-two that snaps Wiman’s head, and “Handsome” shoots a double, which Siver soundly defends. Hard right for Wiman, and they swing away wildly. Very aggressive fight from both through the first minute. Low kick for Siver lands, a Wiman head kick sails wide. Hard low kick for Siver. Inside low kick for Wiman, double roundhouse kick by Siver, and more intense swinging. Very rugged, offensive fight. Wiman grabs a waistlock and throws Siver to the mat. Siver gets back up to his feet, as Wiman tries to pull him back down with a single-leg takedown. Wiman drops down, tries to take the back, and Siver thwarts him. The Russian-born German is showing off great takedown defense. Siver tries to sneak a guillotine in on Wiman, and Wiman breaks Siver’s grip. They break, and a Siver combination is blocked on the way out. Hard outside low kick by Siver lands. Swinging right hook by Siver misses Wiman, but he changes levels and puts Wiman on the mat. Siver tries to pass, but Wiman shuts him down. The German stands, pounding briefly before Wiman regains his feet. Wiman quickly attempts a single-leg, but Siver shuts him down again. Heavy combination punching from Siver, and Wiman shoots another double, finally getting Siver on the mat with under 15 seconds to go. Wiman gets into guard and punches at the bell.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Siver
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-9 Siver
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Siver

Round 2
Wiman attacks Siver’s legs with another double, and Siver sprawls along the fence. Wiman switches to a single, and Siver stands. Wiman continues to drive Siver into the fence, prompting boos from the crowd. Siver threatens a guillotine, Wiman pulls out and shoots in a single again. Wiman switches to a double, gets his head low, and turns Siver over to finish the workmanlike takedown. Wiman lands a short elbow that cuts Siver’s forehead open. Another hard elbow for Wiman lands. Three heavy right elbows follow. Wiman continues to drill Siver with elbows, slashing his face wide open. Siver is pouring blood. Wiman with a torrent of hammerfist that force Siver to cover up. Five elbows for Wiman smash into Siver’s brow. Wiman tries for two double axehandles, but Siver blocks them. The horn ends a firm Wiman round.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Wiman
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-9 Wiman
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Wiman

Round 3
Inside low kick lands for Wiman, and Siver throws a slow one-two that Wiman blocks. Wiman catches a Siver push kick, bulling him into the fence and shooting another single. Siver splits his legs along the fence, and Wiman tries to step over his leg, but the German escapes to his feet. Left high kick is blocked by Siver. He attempts to follow with his trademark spinning back kick, but Wiman sidesteps it. The lightweights trade low kicks. Wiman stumbles Siver with a low kick, and touches him with a long Superman punch. Siver kicks, and Wiman tries to land a kneetap, but Siver avoids, and fights Wiman’s advance off with powerful hooks. Wiman continues forward, and ducks under a left hook to shoot another single. Siver punches away on Wiman’s head, and tries to break his grip. Siver forces Wiman back to the feet, and turns him into the fence. Wiman grabs a guillotine, and pulls guard. Siver escapes, but Wiman sucks him into an omoplata. Siver. Pulls his arm out, and Wiman gets back to his feet. Siver kicks, and Wiman catches his leg again, tripping him to the mat. Siver kicks him away, and turns him over, standing up. Wiman attacks again, and Siver kicks his leg out, forcing him into a takedown. Wiman drives for it and Siver pounds away until the horn. Fun fight.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Wiman (29-28 Wiman)
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-9 Siver (29-28 Siver)
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Siver (29-28 Siver)

Official scores: All three judges score the bout 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Dennis Siver.

Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben
Round 1
Leben kicks, and Silva glances him with a right hand counter. Silva attacks with a flurry of hooks. Leben throws a left hook that tags and stumbles Silva. Leben goes to attack, but Silva clinches. “The Crippler” responds with a torrent of left uppercuts. Silva goes down on his face. Leben attacks and punches away until referee Josh Rosenthal dives in to save Silva. The Brazilian continues to fight the referee Rosenthal for several seconds before coming to his senses. The official time of the fight is 27 seconds.

UFC Bantamweight Championship
Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber
Round 1
Cruz’s right hand lead snaps Faber’s head back. Both men moving actively, darting in and out. Cruz lands another right, and Faber looks for the takedown. He tries to spin Cruz around to take his back, but Cruz shakes him off. Low kick for Faber lands. Cruz responds with a one-two and a kick of his own. Kicks from Cruz are absorbed on the arms and body of Faber. Cruz continues to shuck and jive, throwing low and high kicks. Cruz continues to dance in and out. Hard low kick for the champion lands, but Faber decks him right a right that drops him for a moment, as the crowd roars. Cruz jumps back to his feet, and the fight continues at its frenetic pace. They flurry, and Faber lands a right on the exit. Faber jumps into the pocket, and Cruz smacks him with a heavy uppercut. Cruz dances in, ducks a Faber hook, and lands one of his own. Double jab and a hard low kick for Cruz. Faber drives Cruz into the fence in pursuit of a takedown. Cruz knees Faber to the head and gets an underhook. Faber breaks and flurries, and Cruz blocks it. More punches exchanged, each landing hard rights, and Faber lands a hard knee to boot. Cruz throws a flying knee which glances, and Faber and he spill to the mat in an attempted hip throw at the end of an exciting round.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-10
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-10
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-10

Round 2
Cruz continues to be active with kicks, but can’t land clean on Faber through the first minute. A “Faber, Faber” chant breaks out. Two kicks for Faber glance. Left hook and a right cross land clean for Cruz. Cut kick for Cruz lands under Faber’s attempted check. Inside low kick for Cruz land, and Faber lands a right. He responds with another hard right that finds its mark on the champ. Stiff jab from the ever-dancing Cruz. Cruz darting in and out with feints, but Faber simply backs away. Flailing three-punch combo lands for Cruz. Faber attempts a single, and Cruz glances with a pair of countering hooks. Head kick blocked by Faber, but Cruz throws an outside low kick on the other side that lands firm. Another jab lands for Cruz, and his swiping right tags Faber. Faber responds with a right of his own that stumbles Cruz. Cruz feints, Faber throws a right hook, and Cruz immediately changes levels and double-legs him. However, Faber quickly works back to his feet with 15 seconds to fight. Double outside low kicks are followed by three hooks that land for Dominick Cruz, ending another great round.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Faber
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-9 Cruz
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Cruz

Round 3
Slapping low kick for Faber lands, but Cruz lands a clean right-handed lead in response. Cruz dives in with another right that misses its mark. Galloping body kick for Cruz lands. Cruz attempts another kneetap, but Faber blocks it, and the champion lands a series of short rights rather than trying to finish the takedown. Combinations for both guys sail wide. Cruz is walking down Faber more intently now with his dancing, and nails him with a three-punch combo. Two more low kicks. Cruz’s volume is starting to define the fight. Faber swipes with a body shot. Cruz swings and Faber ducks under, taking him to the mat. Cruz sweeps and initiates the scramble, but Faber attempts to take his back. Cruz rolls through and gets to side control before they both stand up in a sensational scramble. Stiff jab from Cruz connects. Faber kicks to the body, Cruz catches it, but can’t land a hard punch. A Cruz head kick is blocked, but his right-handed follow smacks Faber. Solid right hook for Faber lands, and Cruz responds with a left before shooting a double. Faber stuffs the takedown, and they clinch along the cage. Cruz tries for the single, but Faber stuffs it again. They clinch until the horn.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Cruz
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-9 Cruz
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Cruz

Round 4
Cruz lands a quick combination to start the championship rounds. A left hook followed by two right hooks jack Faber’s jaw. Cruz sidesteps a Faber right, but steps right onto a hard low kick. A heavy Faber right hand smacks Cruz, and drops him to the mat for a moment. As Faber steps in to attack, Cruz tries for a takedown, but Faber shuts him down. Feint and a single-leg attempt for Faber. Cruz shuts him down, but “The California Kid” lands a stiff uppercut on the break. Lunging body hooks for Cruz land. Two more Cruz punches glance Faber, and the champion adds a knee. Both men are slowed, but continuing to fight with aggression. Cruz attempts another kneetap, but Faber pancakes him. When Cruz tries to reshoot, Faber shucks him off. Great takedown defense by Faber. Left hook to the body and a right hook over the top land for Faber as Cruz backs up and plays defense for a moment. Faber kicks inside, and Cruz steps inside, landing a knee to the head. Cruz changes levels again looking for a late takedown, but Faber stuffs him. Cruz gets double underhooks and grinds Faber into the fence until the bell.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-10
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-10
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Cruz

Round 5
A heavy Cruz rocks Faber. The champion looks to leap in with an attack, but Faber flurries in response. Heavy action to start the fifth and final round. Cruz fakes a jab and shoots, getting Faber to the mat. However, Faber scrambles back to his feet, and Cruz hangs on with a rear waistlock. They separate. Cruz doubles Faber to the mat again, but the former WEC featherweight champ quickly leaps back to his feet. Faber kicks to the body, and the kick is caught, but Cruz can’t capitalize. Cruz lands another double-leg, but Faber slickly sits out and slides back to his feet, another display of brilliant defensive wrestling. Cruz attempts a foot sweep, but Faber again scrambles and remains standing, as Cruz rams him into the fence. Faber breaks Cruz’s grip, and the champion steps away with under two minutes to fight. Hard inside low kick by Cruz. Faber responds with a tired head kick but can’t land. One minute left, and Cruz digs to the body. Faber swings hook counters, but can’t land. Cruz hits two consecutive knee taps, but Faber keeps his hips low and defends both expertly. Faber breaks free with 20 seconds to fight. Front kick by Faber allows Cruz to shoot again, but he can’t get the takedown before the bell.

Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Cruz (49-48 Cruz)
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-9 Cruz (50-47 Cruz)
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Cruz (50-46 Cruz)

Official scores: Sal D’Amato sees it 50-45, Patricia Morse-Jarman reckons 49-46, and Glenn Trowbridge has it 48-47 for the winner by unanimous decision and still the UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz.

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UFC 132 – Cruz vs. Faber 2

July 2, 2011
MGM Grand Garden Arena,
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
UFC 132 RESULTS

Match

Winner

Loser

Method

Round

Time

1

Jeff Hougland

Donny Walker

Decision (Unanimous)

3

5:00

2

Anthony Njokuani

Andre Winner

Decision (Unanimous)

3

5:00

3

Aaron Simpson

Brad Tavares

Decision (Unanimous)

3

5:00

4

Brian Bowles

Takeya Mizugaki

Decision (Unanimous)

3

5:00

5

Rafael dos Anjos

George Sotiropoulos

KO (Punch)

1

0:59

6

Melvin Guillard

Shane Roller

KO (Punches)

1

2:12

7

Carlos Condit

Dong Hyun Kim

TKO (Flying Knee and Punches)

1

2:58

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Match

Winner

Loser

Method

Round

Time

1

Jeff Hougland

Donny Walker

Decision (Unanimous)

3

5:00

2

Anthony Njokuani

Andre Winner

Decision (Unanimous)

3

5:00

3

Aaron Simpson

Brad Tavares

Decision (Unanimous)

3

5:00

4

Brian Bowles

Takeya Mizugaki

Decision (Unanimous)

3

5:00

5

Rafael dos Anjos

George Sotiropoulos

KO (Punch)

1

0:59

6

Melvin Guillard

Shane Roller

KO (Punches)

1

2:12

7

Carlos Condit

Dong Hyun Kim

TKO (Flying Knee and Punches)

1

2:58

8

Tito Ortiz

Ryan Bader

Submission (Guillotine Choke)

1

1:56

9

Dennis Siver

Matt Wiman

Decision (Unanimous)

3

5:00

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