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“UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber” Aftermath: Like Sands Through the Hourglass…

First win since 2006? Yeah, we’d probably savor the moment a little longer than we should as well.  (Pic: MMAWeekly.com)

Just a few fights into last night night’s card I was looking at my watch. It wasn’t because the fights were boring, nor because my wings had yet to arrive. It was the pace at which the fights, and fighters, were dropping. For the first time ever, I was concerned that the UFC didn’t have enough lame movie and video game promos to spam throughout the event. In more ways than one, time was the theme of UFC 132. The evening’s bouts marked the end of a long run, good and bad, for many of the fighters on the card.

(4 Years, 3 Months) Tito’s last taste of victory

Have you ever seen anyone so elated to win a fight? Rightfully so, as there was no ambiguity as to “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’s” position in the UFC: win, or get the fuck out. Few gave him a chance against Ryan Bader, a guy who seemed to hold every advantage and who’d amassed an impressive 11-1 record, all during Tito’s infamous slide down the rankings. Ortiz quickly connected with a short right hook, dropping his opponent to the mat, and less than two minutes into the fight Bader was quite literally choking in his second consecutive defeat. As much as we give Tito a hard time—and it is almost always deserved—it was nice to see him finally get a win in the organization that he helped carry for many years. Now, can he do it again?

(4 Years, 4 Months) Wanderlei’s Pride reign of terror ended

We hate to say it, but “Uncle Chael” was right. We all knew it would be a wild brawl with one man going out on his shield, but no one expected (or at least no one wanted) to see a legend crumbled so quickly. Wanderlei Silva, the longtime savior of Japanese bloodlust, has gone a depressing 2-4 since bringing his violent talents stateside, and he’s once again found himself on the business end of a highlight reel knock out. Although he exited Pride on a two-fight skid, he was still considered a savage in his prime; those days are gone. While Tito has likely staved off his pink slip for now, Dana White said that this is “probably the end of the road for Wanderlei” at the post fight presser. As tough as it is to see stars slowly fade away, it’s more painful to see them snuffed out quickly. Silva’s berserker-style isn’t a double-edged sword, it’s a double-edged battle axe, and if this was his last fight it’s been an honor to watch him swing it with reckless abandon.

(4 Years, 3 Months) Cruz waits for revenge

It took a perfect 9-0 stretch to earn Dominick Cruz his first shot at Urijah Faber back in 2007, and less than two minutes for the WEC Featherweight Champ to hand him his first and only loss. Since that time Cruz strung together another eight consecutive wins and picked up a WEC/UFC belt of his own, but until last night he’d have to wait for his revenge. The evening’s “Fight of the Night” was a razor thin, tough-to-call decision in favor of “The Dominator” (50-45? Probably not). The back and forth action lasted the full five rounds, stealing the show on a card chock-full of “holy shit” stoppages. Prior to 132 there was talk of Brian Bowles earning his shot with a win over Mizugaki, and there’s a nice storyline in him challenging the man that took his belt, but there are already murmurs of a rubber match between Faber and Cruz and from where Dana White’s sitting those two may have pre-sold tickets to that event last night.

Full Results (via MMAWeekly.com)

Main Bouts (On Pay-Per-View):
-Dominick Cruz def. Uirjah Faber by Unanimous Decision (50-45, 49-46, 48-47), R5
-Chris Leben def. Wanderlei Silva by KO (Punch) at 0:27, R1
-Dennis Siver def. Matt Wiman by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3
-Tito Ortiz def. Ryan Bader by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:56, R1
-Carlos Condit def. Dong Hyun Kim by TKO (Strikes) at 2:58, R1

Preliminary Bouts (On Spike/Rogers):
-Melvin Guillard def. Shane Roller by KO (Punch) at 2:12, R1
-Rafael dos Anjos def. George Sotiropoulos by KO (Punch) at 0:59, R1

Preliminary Bouts (On Facebook):
-Brian Bowles def. Takeya Mizugaki by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Aaron Simpson def. Brad Tavares by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Anthony Njokuani def. Andre Winner by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26), R3
-Jeff Hougland def. Donny Walker by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27), R3

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SnackDaddy- July 4, 2011 at 9:18 am
how much of douche did tito act as after winning that fight? i can't wait for him to get schooled by machida next (have a feeling that's gonna happen).
macreadysshack- July 4, 2011 at 9:09 am
Attention! Uriah Faber is now leaving Karma's dream. Forever. And Karma is bitter as shit about it. Lot's of us train and fight on here, it just doesn't make any sense to single out Karma because he had the guts (with that wonderful dash of stupidity) to share his private life with us. That insult is the last outpost in the argument of a very small mind.
pietaster- July 4, 2011 at 8:20 am
tired of GSP. I hope Condit beats the piss out of him. GSP is boring. I don't even think he is a fan of MMA. I mean he straight up admitted that he doesn't watch the fights. Condit tends to beat people til they stop moving. Much more entertaining than GSP's jab fest.
RearNakedSpoon- July 4, 2011 at 4:58 am
Condit deserves a title shot now...and by "deserves a title shot" I mean I want to see GSP beat the piss out of him so he learns some humility.
Maybe Alves would be a better match up to keep him off the hype wagon nut-hugger gaydar for a little while longer.
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KarmaAteMyCat- July 3, 2011 at 6:56 pm
Leaving my dream? Lol?
HateKozJustCuz- July 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm
Things I took from UFC 132:
-Tito will always be an assclown- he's just a bigger assclown when he wins (fortunately that only happens every few yrs)
-The title fight was a close fight, but Cruz won. I was shocked to hear Faber say in the post-fight interview that he was pressing forward and he thought he'd won. Neither happened when you look at it rationally.
-The Siver/Wiman fight could have gone either way, and I had it going to Wiman with his last takedown, until Siver popped right back up. Deserves a rematch for sure, but no way that Wiman should have been all pissy & felt that he definitively won that fight.
-Condit and Guillard are LEGIT. When Melvin has his head right, he may be the best LW in the world, and Condit deserves a title shot as much as anyone else at this point.
-And finally, as much as it pains me to see, the game has passed Wandy by and he should retire while he can still speak in semi-complete sentences. He has nothing more to prove to anyone.
Overall, that's 2 pretty good fight cards in a row for the UFC
CaptnJonesy- July 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm
Says the guy who couldn't even qualify for try outs XD
Don't be bitter that Faber is leaving your dream ! It's all good homie
KarmaAteMyCat- July 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm
Yeah because that has anything to with the subject at hand.
lilgary- July 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm
"Dancing to Decisions", with your host, Dominic Cruz. The Wiman decision was absolutely terrible, definitely one of the worst I have seen in awhile. Win or lose, Tito will always be a fucking tool.
Cup Cheick- July 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm
I agree with karma after all he is a pro.................... ;)
KarmaAteMyCat- July 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm
Theres no way in HIGH HELL that the Faber/Cruz fight should have been a draw. No offense to Faber or his "MIllions and MILLLIONS of FANS" but he hasn't looked like the guy who would walk away carrying a strap since Jose Aldo beat his ass senseless. I am no saying thats what Cruz did but I am saying that Cruz won four of the five rounds in last nights title fight. He had serious Cage control, in fact if you go back he stalks Faber most of the fight keeping him on his heels and initiating a lot of the encounters. Faber put him on his ass a couple times? Nothing that even came close to putting him on "Queer Street" Cruz didn't even look remotely frustrated and it blows my mind that you can even say that with confidence, he was poised and and accurate last night and seemed very crisp on his timing, Head movement and holy shit did you see his fucking foot work? Perhaps you were still a bit blown away by the awesomeness that was UFC 132. We all forgive you or at least I do and thats all that matters right?
KJonesBeatdown- July 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm
@mt59801

It's no fluke that Wanderlei is a legend. If you consider Dan Henderson, Ricardo Arona, Rampage (twice), Sakuraba (three times), and Guy Mezger "cans" then I guess you could be right. But I will have to strongly disagree with you there. You can also include Michael Bisping on that list of cans also, then? He was known for his "reign of terror" because he would smash peoples face with his shin or heel without hesitation. He was a violent man. He is called "The Axe Murderer" for a reason.
KJonesBeatdown- July 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm
@Bare Grappler
I can see where your coming from. It was a close fight to judge for sure. I can't wait til they start the sudden death round that Dana was talking about.. if they do add that in. I just got the chance to watch it again and I scored it:
Round 1- Cruz
Round 2- Cruz
Round 3- Faber
Round 4- Cruz
Round 5- Cruz
I scored it the same as I did last night. @CaptainJonesy I'm with you on this one, Urijah should have gone for the finish and been more aggressive and he could have won that fight. He had openings that he couldn't, or just didn't, take advantage of. I think next fight he will come out more aggressive and it will be an even better fight for the rubber match. Haha I feel you there, thank god for DVR. I had to do without it for a couple months.. it was horrible. Guess I'm spoiled haha. I'm pretty disappointed at the next card as well. Unfortunately, I'm one of small amount of Rashad fans, and will probably be ordering it just for that reason. haha
mt59801- July 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm
Fuck Silva, his "reign of terror" in Pride consisted of a lot of cans, and the guy hasn't done shit against top tier guys for in the last 5 years. The only time he ever impressed in pride was when he kneed Rampage into another dimension, well that and the time he single handedly held Mark Coleman up using only his neck.
Bare Grappler- July 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm
I had Faber winning 1, 3, & 4. Decisions in this sport have gotten to the point where they might as well just call them draws if nobody wins before the time is done.
CaptnJonesy- July 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm
True true, I definitely need to watch it again myself...what I remember most is that Cruz' body language seemed like he was more frustrated than Faber was....I miss my damn DVR !!

It's got to suck to lose a close match like that but Faber has to feel pretty good about securing a rematch...next time I think he has to be the aggressor next time...he can take Cruz' best shot so he needs to press forward and get him against the cage and throw more combos...I know there were spots last night where I was screaming for Faber to let his hands go (easy to do from a couch of course lol...) they need to just add it onto the Evans/Davis card because right now I don't think you could pay me to watch that PPV
KJonesBeatdown- July 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm
@CaptnJonesy
I agree with you there also. It was a hard fight to judge. I tried to judge it round by round, and tried to negate the takedowns and knockdowns because they were popping right back up. It was tought. It came down to who I thought got the better of the stand up battle, but I watched it last night in the heat of the moment. Urijah knocked him down a few times but only one of them seemed to really rock Dominick(IMO). I think Dominick was getting off more punches and hitting Faber hard. It's just hard to judge because Faber has some good power in his hands and when he got a good punch in it was more noticable haha. Maybe Cruz jumping around makes him prone to being knocked down because he is off balance from moving. I'm just throwing possibilities out there. Either way, it was a good fight and I'm ready to see Cruz-Faber 3! Haven't really gotten a chance to look at last night's fights again, hopefully will get to check it out again tonight
CaptnJonesy- July 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm
@KJones
Thats fair...I always thought defending (true he didn't stuff the ones you're talking about) a take down by reversing it or getting back up should score some points...not a lot but some...
KJonesBeatdown- July 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm
@CaptnJonesy

I agree Faber should have pounced but at the same time he allowed Cruz to pop right up or recover any time he hit him with a good shot. If we take those 3 knockdowns into account, we also have to take Cruz' takedowns and trips that Urijah popped right back up on. When he did knockdown Cruz, he got right back up
Clue-by-Four- July 3, 2011 at 12:26 pm
Loki, get back on your meds.
CaptnJonesy- July 3, 2011 at 12:25 pm
@intercepted

I agree that Faber and Cruz could (should) have been a drawl...Cruz was more active but Faber dropped him a couple of times and I think that is more impressive than Cruz shaking his ass n tits the whole fight (to me) I think if Faber would have pounced right away on some of those shots he could have won by TKO

I think Siver won though. He barley won rounds 1 & 3 and got beat up pretty bad in round 2...definitely not a 10 - 8 beating though
KJonesBeatdown- July 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm
I thought the Siver decision could have went either way but I did expect Wiman's hand to be raised after the 3rd round
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