UFC 132 Results: Dominick Cruz cruzzez to Unanimous Decision victory over Urijah FaberPosted on July 2, 2011, 11:05 PM by Anton Gurevich
Dominick Cruz successfully defended his UFC Bantamweight title in a five-rounder against Urijah Faber at UFC 132.
As always, Cruz displayed second to none movement inside the cage, forcing Faber to counter punch during all five rounds of the fight. Faber definitely had more power behind his strikers, managing to knock down Dominick Cruz on several occasions, but it was all UFC Bantamweight Champion to everything from Octagon control through wrestling and the number of strikes he landed on Faber.
Speaking about wrestling. Urijah Faber's biggest weapon coming to this fight was his wresting and BJJ game that are superior to those of Dominick Cruz. Superior? Not really. Faber struggled to take Cruz down, and in fact, Cruz landed more successful takedowns than Urijah Faber. This way or another, fight didn't stay on the ground for more than a few seconds, as both fighters were able to quickly get back on the feet.
Cruz lowered his pace in the later rounds of the fight, but Urijah Faber was unable to change the situation and get the finish. This was by far Cruz's toughest test inside the Octagon, and a clear indication of his status as Top 5 P4P fighter.
Urijah Faber loses his fourth title fight, and goes down to 25-5 in his MMA career. And at the age of 32, Faber's chance to get another title shot in the future are getting slim. As for Cruz, 18-1 in MMA, avenged loss over the arch nemesis in Faber and surely plenty to fight for in the UFC 135 division. However, superfight at 145 against Jose Aldo is an interesting option.
Photo: Scott Hirano