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UFC 132 Results Recap: Cruz Edges Faber to Retain Title, Leben Stuns Silva in 27 Seconds

Dominick Cruz WEC ChampionDominick Cruz defended the UFC bantamweight title and avenged his only career loss with a unanimous decision victory over Urijah Faber in the main event on UFC 132 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

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.

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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)

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