Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber II set for UFC 132 in JulyPosted on March 27, 2011, 08:09 PM by Joey Santosus
Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz will put his title on the line for the third time when he makes his promotional debut against top contender Urijah Faber at UFC 132.
UFC officials announced the match-up on Saturday. The title fight will be a rematch of their March 2007 bout, in which Cruz was submitted by Faber in his WEC debut.
Since his sole career loss to "The California Kid," Cruz (17-1) has reeled off eight consecutive wins, including a TKO victory over then undefeated Brian Bowles to capture the 135-pound strap. He then went on to successfully defend the title on two occasions, outpointing both Joseph Benavidez and Scott Jorgensen over the course of 2010. Cruz was named the first UFC Bantamweight Champion when the promotions merged late last year.
Faber (25-4), meanwhile, made his UFC debut earlier this month, picking up his second straight win with a unanimous decision over Eddie Wineland. His recent success at 135-pounds follows a failed attempt at dethroning current Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo. The two met at WEC 48, the promotion's first and only pay-per-view event, and though Faber showed great heart, lasting all five rounds, he appeared to have no answer for the Brazilian's crippling leg-kicks. It was after that loss that Faber made the transition to Bantamweight, where he rebounded with a first round submission win over Takeya Mizugaki in his final WEC appearance.
UFC 132 is set to take place July 2nd from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Bantamweight title clash between Cruz and Faber will likely serve as either headliner or co-headliner alongside B.J. Penn vs. Jon Fitch II.