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UFC 132 Results

Bantamweight Title: (c) Dominick Cruz d. Urijah Faber (Unanimous Decision)

What an awesome fight this was.  I thought that Dominick Cruz was definitely the better man, but Urijah Faber put up a great fight.  This fight was 25 minutes of action with great striking exchanges and very fun ground work.  I was surprised that Faber didn’t have more luck scoring takedowns, but I shouldn’t doubt Cruz’s abilities at this point.

I think a rematch between the two wouldn’t be out of the question.  Brian Bowles has worked hard to earn a shot at the title, but damn this fight was too much fun.  I would love to see these guys fight for another 25, 35, or 60 minutes.

Middleweight: Chris Leben d. Wanderlei Silva (TKO – Round 1, 0:27)

Guess who doesn’t have a chin anymore?  Wanderlei Silva couldn’t withstand Leben’s striking and was brutally knocked out in this fight.  Silva says he has ten more fights left in him, but I think that’s a very poor idea after his performance yesterday.  Aside from a loss to Brian Stann, Chris Leben has looked very good since the beginning of last year.  That said, I have a hard time finding a good match for Leben off of this win.  Maybe Demian Maia?

Welterweight: Carlos Condit d. Dong Hyun Kim (KO – Round 1, 2:58)

Carlos Condit landed a heavy flying knee that stunned the “Stun Gun” and led to a knockout victory for Condit.  I don’t think a title shot is in the works for Condit, but a fight with Josh Koscheck or Martin Kampmann would be a big step up for the former WEC Welterweight Champion.

Light Heavyweight: Tito Ortiz d. Ryan Bader (Submission – Round 1, 1:56)

Well that was completely surprising.  Tito Ortiz stunned Ryan Bader with a short uppercut and locked in a guillotine choke for the win.  Ortiz stunned many, especially myself, by pulling off his first victory since 2006.  Bader has now gone 0-2 in 2011 with losses to Jon Jones and Ortiz.

From here, Bader needs to rebuild his stock but I could see him struggling with the middle tier light heavyweights.  An opponent like Luiz Cane or Fabio Maldonado might give Bader too much trouble.  For Ortiz, the winner of the upcoming Rich Franklin and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira fight should be a good fit.

I should also make a not regarding how this fight affects both fighters in regards to the rankings.  Bader’s biggest win is over Nogueira, but based on this loss, I have to drop Bader well below Nogueira.  In fact, I’ve dropped Bader out of the top 25 altogether.  I had Tito Ortiz ranked in the 50’s on my personal rankings, but I have to reconsider this.  Ortiz may not have won the second Griffin fight or the Evans fight, but the Griffin fight was close and the Evans fight would have been a win if not for a point deduction.  Ortiz is just out of the top 25 and could move up with another big win.

Lightweight: Dennis Siver d. Matt Wiman (Unanimous Decision)

This was a very close fight and a classic striker vs. grappler battle.  Wiman got the best of Siver on the mat, but Siver’s takedown defense and kickboxing were sufficient to take the decision.  Wiman clearly wasn’t happy with the decision, but it was a close enough contest where Siver winning wasn’t surprising.

Lightweight: Rafael dos Anjos d. George Sotiropoulos (KO – Round 1, 0:59)

George Sotiropoulos didn’t get a chance to display his great Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills as dos Anjos quickly scored a knockout win in this fight.  It didn’t take dos Anjos long to dispatch of his ranked opponent who has now lost two straight in the UFC.

Lightweight: Melvin Guillard d. Shane Roller (KO – Round 1, 2:12)

Melvin Guillard is one of the scariest fighters at lightweight right now.  He overpowered Roller with heavy punches with this first round knockout.  Guillard landed a number of heavy shots and made a win over a tough opponent look fairly easy.  Greg Jackson has turned Melvin Guillard into one of the most frightening fighters at 155 pounds.

Bantamweight: Brian Bowles d. Takeya Mizugaki (Unanimous Decision)

Bowles fought through a broken hand and controlled the majority of this fight.  Bowles easily won the ground game and looked good with his strikes prior to breaking his hand in the second round, though Mizugaki landed some clean shots of his own.  A Bowles/Cruz rematch seems possible if the UFC doesn’t opt for Cruz/Faber 3.

Lightweight: Anthony Njokuani d. Andre Winner (Unanimous Decision)

A special mention to this fight, where Anthony Njokuani obliterated Andre Winner with some awesome kickboxing.  Winner deserves a ton of credit for surviving this ass kicking because not many fighters could have withstood that kind of onslaught.  Njokuani landed heavy knees and punches and seemed close to ending the fight on multiple occasions.

Middleweight: Aaron Simpson d. Brad Tavares (Unanimous Decision)

Bantamweight: Jeff Hougland d. Donny Walker (Unanimous Decision)

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