The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) comes home to Las Vegas for UFC 132 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 2. The main card features its first bantamweight championship fight. The undercard features fan favorites Chris Leben, Wanderlei Silva and Tito Ortiz. Is a possibly that both Ortiz and Silva could be fighting for their last time in the UFC? Also, New Orleans native, Melvin Guillard, will have his bout shown for free on network cable television and other preliminary bouts are expected to be shown live on facebook.com/UFC.
Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah “The California Kid” Faber
Dominick Cruz - San Diego., Calif., 5-8, 135 pounds, 17-1-0, Current Bantamweight Champion
Urijah Faber - Isla Vista, Calif., 5-6, 135 pounds, 25-4-0, Former Featherweight Champion
Dominick Cruz will face Uriah Faber in a rematch to avenge his only loss. Despite an impressive record, Faber made quick work of Cruz in their first bout finishing him in the first round by submission. It doesn’t appear it will be so easy this time as Cruz has settled into this weight division and won seven straight fights, including three title defenses. This should be a great battle as both have a wealth of experience, superior ground games and excellent standup. However, Faber might have the mental edge because he has beaten Cruz before.
Faber by Unanimous Decision
Chris “The Crippler” Leben vs. Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva
Chris Leben - Portland, Ore., 5-11, 185 pounds, 21-7-0
Wanderlei Silva - Curitiba, Brazil, 5-11, 185 pounds, 33-10-1
It’s make-or-break time for one of mixed martial arts’ finest ambassadors, Wanderlei Silva. Silva has lost five of his last seven fights and there is no way he hangs on with another loss. Leben is coming off a knockout loss to Brian Stann, but his stock is still high in the company. For fight fans there couldn’t be a better match-up. These are the guys that make this sport great. They are the reason why fight fans come early for the undercard instead showing up just for the main event. It’s always a shame that one of these guys has to lose, but the fans will always win when these two go to battle.
Leben by TKO (Strikes)
Tito “The Huntington Beach Badboy” Ortiz vs. Ryan “Darth” Bader
Tito Ortiz - Huntington Beach,Calif., 6-3, 205 pounds, 18-8-1 Former Light Heavyweight Champion
Ryan Bader - Reno, Nev., 6-2, 205 pounds, 12-1-0
Another member of mixed martial arts’ finest is also on the chopping block. Tito Ortiz is coming in Saturday night having a record of 0-4-1 in his past five fights. It’s a far cry from when he defended the light heavyweight championship five times. As Bruce Buffer would put it, “It’s Time” for Ortiz to win or start looking into the white-collar jobs of mixed martial arts along side his arch-nemesis, Chuck Liddell.
Ryan Bader checks in having lost for the first time in his career. Bader was outclassed in every sense of the word in his last bout against Jon Jones. It will be interesting to see how he reacts to his first loss. A win Saturday night should be a great confidence builder and put Bader back on the right track for another title shot.
Bader by Split Decision
Carlos “Natural Born Killer” Condit vs. Dong “Stun Gun” Hyun Kim
Carlos Condit - Albuquerque, N.M., 6-2, 170 pounds, 26-5-0
Dong Hyun Kim - Suwon, South Korea, 6-1, 170 pounds, 14-0-1
Kim by boring Condit to sleep
Dennis Siver vs. Matt “Handsome” Wiman
Matt Wiman - Denver, Colo., 5-8, 155 pounds, 13-5-0
Denis Silver - Omsk, Russia, 5-7, 155 pounds, 18-7-0
Siver by TKO (Strikes)
Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard vs. Shane Roller (Showing live on network-cable TV)
Guillard by Knockout
George Sotiropoulos vs. Rafael Dos Anjos (Showing live on network-cable TV)
Sotiropoulos by Unanimous Decision
Brian Bowles vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Bowles by TKO (Strikes)
Brad Tavares vs. Aaron “A-Train” Simpson
Tavares by Knockout
Anthony “The Assassin” Njokuani vs. Andre Winner
Winner by Unanimous Decision
Jeff “Hellbound” Hougland vs. Donny “Eagle Eye” Walker
Walker by Unanimous Decision