Cruz and Faber constantly traded punches and battled for position over the five-round rematch, but Cruz’s elusive striking a successful takedowns outweighed Faber’s more-powerful punches in the eyes of the judges, who awarded Cruz 50-45, 49-46, and 48-47 scores.
The pace rarely slowed over the 25-minute bout, which was both close and exciting enough to likely earn a rubber match between the 135-pounders in the near future. The 25-year-old Cruz improves to 18-1 with his first UFC win following his reign in the WEC, while Faber falls to 25-5 with his last four losses all coming in title fights.
Leben Stuns Silva in 27 Seconds
In the UFC 132 co-headliner, Chris Leben needed just 27-seconds to end the return of fellow middleweight Wanderlei Silva, as he stunned “The Axe Murderer” with a hook, dropped him with a series of uppercuts, and left him cold on the canvas with several unanswered punches.
Leben moves to 26-7 with his fourth win in five fights to rebound from a January loss to Brian Stann, while Silva falls to 33-11-1 with his third loss in four fights and first since dropping to 185-pounds.
Tito Ortiz Upsets Ryan Bader
Former UFC light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz scored his first win since 2006 with an upset win over Ryan Bader, dropping The Ultimate Fighter 8 winner with a right before pouncing on the ground and forcing him to tap to a guillotine less than two-minutes into the opening round.
Ortiz avoids the chopping block for now as he improves to 16-8-1 following an 0-4-1 stretch, while Bader, now 12-2, is reeling after a February loss to Jon Jones ended his unbeaten streak.
Siver Tops Wiman; Condit KOs Kim
The lone decision on the UFC 132 main card came with controversy, as Dennis Siver earned a narrow unanimous decision over fellow lightweight Matt Wiman that sent The Ultimate Fighter 5 castmember storming out of the Octagon. Siver was bloodied in the second by a barrage of elbows and ground and pound, but rallied to win a close third round and with it the bout from all three judges.
In the opening bout on the UFC 132-pay-per-view, Carlos Condit moved towards a shot at the UFC welterweight title currently held by Georges St-Pierre as the former WEC champion rattled Dong Hyun Kim with a flying knee and finished off the South Korean with ground and pound.
The complete UFC 132 results were:
- Dominick Cruz (c) def. Urijah Faber via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 48-47)
UFC Bantamweight Championship
- Chris Leben def. Wanderlei Silva via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:27
- Dennis Siver def. Matt Wiman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Tito Ortiz def. Ryan Bader via submission (guillotine) – Round 1, 1:56
- Carlos Condit def. Dong Hyun Kim via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:58
- Melvin Guillard def. Shane Roller via knockout (strikes) – Round 1, 2:12
- Rafael dos Anjos def. George Sotiropoulos via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 0:59
- Brian Bowles def. Takeya Mizugaki via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Aaron Simpson def. Brad Tavares via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Anthony Njokuani def. Andre Winner via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
- Jeff Hougland def. Donny Walker via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)