Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is will light the fuse on its annual Independence Day weekend pay-per-view (PPV) fight card TONIGHT (Sat., July 2, 2011) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC 132: "Cruz vs. Faber 2" will feature a rematch of heated rivals, as bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will attempt to avenge his one and only career loss against "The California Kid" Urijah Faber.
Also booked for "Sin City" is a middleweight mash up that pits Chris Leben against legendary former Pride FC champion Wanderlei Silva. "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz will also make his return to the Octagon for one last shot at relevancy when he squares off against Ryan Bader.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of UFC 132 below, beginning with the preliminary card bouts on Facebook and Spike TV at around 6:30 p.m. ET and running right on through the PPV broadcast at 9 p.m. ET.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 132 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action:
UFC 132 QUICK RESULTS:
Dominick Cruz defeats Urijah Faber via Unanimous Decision
Chris Leben defeats Wanderlei Silva via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Tito Ortiz defeats Ryan Bader via Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1
Carlos Condit defeats Dong Hyun Kim via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Dennis Siver defeats Matt Wiman via Unanimous Decision
Rafael dos Anjos defeats George Sotiropoulos via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Melvin Guillard defeats Shane Roller via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Brian Bowles def. Takeya Mizugaki via unanimous decision
Aaron Simpson def. Brad Tavares via unanimous decision
Jeff Hougland def. Donny Walker via unanimous decision
Anthony Njokuani def. Andre Winner via unanimous decision
UFC 132 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY (PPV):
UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber
Round one: Hard right from Cruz. Right from Faber. Good right from Cruz and Faber locks him up and tries to spin him to the ground and Cruz fights it off. Left from Faber. Leg kick from Cruz. Body kick from Cruz. Head kick from Cruz. Body shot from Faber. Leg kick from Cruz. Jab from Cruz and a leg kick. HUGE right from Faber drops Cruz briefly!!! Cruz back up and shakes it off. Body kick from Cruz. Nice left hook from Faber. Cruz catches a kick and lands a leg kick of his own. Big uppercut from Cruz. Leg kick and uppercut from Cruz. Faber charges in and has him against the cage. They break. Nice uppercut from Cruz and counter left from Faber. Right from Faber and a knee from the clinch. Short elbow from Faber on the break. That is the bell, and a great start. Cruz wins that round. 10-9 Cruz.
Round two: Hard right from Faber. Faber just misses two take down attempts. Hard left from Faber. Jab from Cruz. Body kick from Faber. Nice left hook right combo from Cruz. Leg kick from Cruz. Hard leg kick from Cruz. HUGE right from Faber. Leg kick from Cruz. Jab from Cruz. Nice right from Cruz. Body shot from Cruz and high kick then leg kick combo from the champ. High kick again from the champ. Jab from Cruz. Uppercut from Cruz. Faber charges in and lands a big right that catches Cruz!! Jab from Cruz as he recovers. Another jab from Cruz. Cruz ducks under and gets a take down. Big elbows from the bottom from Faber. Faber up and lands a left hook. Leg kick and right hook left hook combo from Cruz scores big at the bell. Another round for Cruz, but Faber is scoring and Cruz looks to be getting tired. 10-9 Cruz.
Round three: Left hook from Faber. Right from Cruz. Nice body kick from Cruz. Leg kick from Faber. They tie up and Cruz lands some punches. Nice left from Faber. Good combo from both men. Jab from Faber. Right from Faber. Hard uppercut right combo from Cruz. Head kick then leg kick combo from Cruz. Body shot from Faber. Leg kick from Cruz. Faber ducks under gets the back and finally gets the take down!! Cruz spins out and is on top and Faber gets up and lands a big right on the way up! Jab from Cruz. Right from Cruz. Leg kick from Cruz. Right from Cruz. Nice right from Cruz and then one from Faber. Good right from Faber. Jab from Cruz. Faber sprawls out of a take down attempt and now their tied up against the cage. That is the bell and another round for Cruz. He seems to be just too fast. 10-9 Cruz.
Round four: Right from Cruz. Knee from Cruz. Left from Faber. Hard double right and body kick from Cruz. Combo from Cruz. Leg kick from Faber. Faber lands a HUGE right that drops Cruz!!!! Cruz then with a take down and Faber right back up and just misses a huge uppercut. Right from Faber. Uppercut from Cruz. Left from Faber. Body shot from Faber. Faber shoots doesnt get it but lands uppercut and left hook. Knee from Cruz. Body shot from Cruz. Jab from Cruz. Right from Cruz and a body kick. Right from Faber. Jab from Cruz. Cruz shoots for a take down and Faber stuffs it. Nice right from Cruz and counter left from Faber. Right from Faber. Nice body shot right hook from Faber. Right from Faber. Nice knee to the head from Cruz. Right from Faber. Their tied up against the cage. That is the bell, and Faber finally wins a round. 10-9 Faber.
Round five: Knee from Cruz. Cruz charges forward with a combo. Faber lands a flurry. Head kick from Cruz. Right from Faber. Faber sprawls out of a take down. Faber to his feet and Cruz holding onto the back. Now their tied up against the cage. They break. Brief take down from Cruz and Faber has the neck briefly. Now their back to striking. Cruz gets a take down. Faber right back to his feet. Right from Cruz and then another quick take down and again Faber right back up. Now their against the cage with Cruz working a double leg for the take down. They break. Nice right from Faber. Leg kick from Cruz. Head kick from Faber. Right from Faber. Jab from Cruz. Body shot from Cruz. Cruz with another take down and another but Faber keeps bouncing up. Now their tied up against the cage with Cruz in dominant position. That is the bell, and overall this is a close close fight but I think Cruz won 4 rounds by just being the faster quicker man. 10-9 Cruz.
Final result: Dominick Cruz defeats Urijah Faber via Unanimous Decision
Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben
Round one: Right from Silva. Silva with a flurry and Leben lands a BIG left. Big dirty boxing uppercuts from Leben and Silva is dropped!!!! Leben with HUGE left handed BOMBS and Silva is out cold!!!! Leben with a stunning KO win. Silva is trying to fight the referee he is so out of it. Amazing win for Leben.
Final result: Chris Leben defeats Wanderlei Silva via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader
Round one: Both men dancing. Good right from Bader. Inside leg kick from Bader. Right from Tito. HUGE right from Ortiz and he drops Bader!!!! Ortiz now sinks in a guillotine choke DEEEP and that is it Bader taps out!!! WOW THAT IS A SHOCKER. Ortiz lives to fight another day.
Final result: Tito Ortiz defeats Ryan Bader via Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1
Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Round one: Head kick from Kim. Kim ducks under a Condit punch and gets a take down. Condit with a sweep and gets a reverse. Condit looses position and their back to their feet. Head kick from Condit. Front kick from Kim. Nice left from Condit. Inside leg kick from Condit lands hard. HUGE flying knee from Condit and it drops Kim!!! Condit pounces and starts throwing some bombs and Kim is out cold against the cage and thats that. Impressive win from Condit.
Final result: Carlos Condit defeats Dong Hyun Kim via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Round one: Leg kick from Both men and another from Wiman. Jab from Siver. Wild flurry from Siver. Wiman goes for a single leg. Siver sprawls out. Nice right from Siver. Leg kick from Wiman. Combo from Siver. Leg kick from both men. Both men in a wild exchange. More wild punches trade from both fighters and Wiman gets a brief take down, but Siver right back to his feet and now their against the cage. Wiman drops down for a single and Siver jumps over him and avoids it and Wiman still going for a single against the cage. Siver exits with a combo. Leg kick from Siver and then a head kick. Siver now with a take down and he is on top in half guard. Siver lets Wiman up. Big punches from Siver. Leg kick from Wiman and now Wiman dives in for a single but Siver slips out. Good combo from Siver. Uppercut from Siver. Wiman with a take down. Razor close round, literally is a draw in my eyes. Ill lean Wiman. 10-9 Wiman.
Round two: Leg kick from Siver. Wiman shoots in again and is going for the take down against the cage. Stalemate against the cage. Wiman finally gets the take down. Full guard for Siver. Nice elbow from Wiman. Another good elbow from WIman. More big elbows from Wiman and he has cut Siver open. Wiman now unleashing some ground and pound and Siver is gushing blood from his head. More big elbows from Wiman. More flurries of elbows from Wiman and he is doing serious damage. Hammer fists from Wiman. That is the bell, huge round for Wiman. 10-9 Wiman.
Round three: Leg kick from Siver. One from Wiman. Wiman goes for a single and looses it but goes right for it again and their against the cage. Siver slips out. Head kick from Siver. Nice jab and hook from Siver. High kick from Siver. Leg kick from Wiman. Hook from Wiman. Leg kick from Siver. Big right from Wiman. One two from Siver. Good right from Wiman. Wiman shoots for a single. Their against the cage and Siver slips out. Wiman goes for the guillotine. Siver slips out. Wiman almost gets an arm but nothing there and now their back up. Wiman catches a leg eats some punches and sweeps the leg and is back on top. Full guard for Siver and he is back up. Siver lands a good blow and Wiman grabs onto a leg. That is the bell, last round goes to Siver but I think the fight should go to Wiman but this is a close one. 10-9 Siver.
Final result: Dennis Siver defeats Matt Wiman via Unanimous Decision
UFC 132 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE 'PRELIMS' SPIKE TV COMMENTARY:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. George Sotiropoulos
Round one: Both men trade solid punches. Jab from Sotiropoulos. Leg kick from both men. Anjos lands a HUGE wild right hook that drops Sotiropoulos with one shot!!! WOW that was a surprise one punch KO from Dos Anjos.
Final result: Rafael dos Anjos defeats George Sotiropoulos via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Melvin Guillard vs. Shane Roller
Round one: Head kick from Guillard. Nice right hook then body kick from Guillard. Leg kick from Guillard. Nice right from Guillard. Leg kick from Guillard and then a body kick. Time stopped and Roller seems to have been poked in the eye. Hard body kicks from Guillard to start things off again. Roller with a good flurry. HUGE left hook from Guillard drops Roller and now he lands some hammer fists and then Rolller jumps up eats a MASSIVE knee and then Guillard lands another BIG left right on the button and Roller is OUT. Guillard lands some more hammer fists to finish things off but it was pointless Roller is OUT COLD. No one can tell me Guillard doesnt deserve a title shot at this point.
Final result: Melvin Guillard defeats Shane Roller via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Brian Bowles vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Round one: Again, guys, issues prevent me from streaming. Will get this figured out to ensure it never happens again. Ever. Thanks for understanding. Notes from the fight -- apparently Bowles just barely edged this one out and he told his corner he broke his hand ... again.
Final result: Brian Bowles def. Takeya Mizugaki via unanimous decision
Aaron Simpson vs. Brad Tavares
Round one: Underway and Tavares slips on a low kick. Simpson attacks with fervor but can't land the big punch. They clinch up against the cage and Simpson is simply holding him there with the occasional knee. Simpson continues to employ the Randy Couture strategy of fighting. It's probably working in the eyes of the judges. Finally, they separate and reset back in the middle. Tavares tags him with a right hand. Simpson again uses punches to rush in and clinch. Right back up against the cage. Simpson actually tries to get him down but Tavares proves difficult to take down. Still, Simpson is working his game and there's no way the judges aren't seeing this for him. Think Nik Lentz vs. Andre Winner type fight. Pummel battle against the cage with knees from Simpson. The round ends with Tavares doing his best to land something, anything to get him out of his position. Almost works but not quite. 10-9 Simpson
Round two: More streaming problems. Sorry.
Final result: Aaron Simpson def. Brad Tavares via unanimous decision
Jeff Hougland vs. Donny Walker
Round one: Don't know who these guys are? Don't worry, we don't either. Let's hope they put on a show to kick off the fight card this evening. They exchange kicks before Walker attempts a superman punch and gets taken down with a perfectly timed double leg. Walker goes into attack mode. He's taunting from the bottom. Lands an elbow from underneath. Hougland struggling to do much of anything. Hougland pushes him up against the cage, passes to full mount and very quickly locks on a guillotine. Looks tight but Donny boy is hanging on. Full two and a half minutes left in the round, though. Walker survives long enough to pop his head out and now he's on top. Hougland trying to attack but he's getting controlled from top. Walker looking for a D'Arce choke. Doesn't appear he's got the right positioning. Nope, Hougland gets out and back to full guard. Nice little chess match we've bot going here in the early going. Hougland rolls and it leads to a scramble that he gets the better of, ending up on top. Uses the cage to pass to half guard and Donny grabs a leg. Looking for a kneebar but he doesn't have enough space. Ends the round landing a few elbows. Very nice. 10-9 Hougland in a very close round.
Round two: Ugh, again, the Facebook streams dumps on me but is back up with about four minutes to go. Kicks exchanged. Spinning back fist from Hougland barely lands but the crowd oohs in delight. More low kicks from both men. High kick from Walker misses and Hougland comes rushing in but can't get him down. Walker lands a knee. He's moving forward, head-hunting like crazy but he's not landing with anything meaningful. Nice knee from Hougland. Low kick lands. Jab, jab, circle left. That's Hougland right now. Walker answers with a nice wrap around left hand. Low kick leads to a slip. Dueling flying knees leads to Walker eating one in the family jewels. Back at it and Walker goes back to stalking. Hougland lands a nice left and uses it to lock on another guillotine. Looks tight again, but so did the last one. Walker has him against the cage and he's okay. Less than thirty seconds to survive. Donny's face was red as hell and Hougland had it in tight but he managed to make it to the horn. He's also cut open. 10-9 Hougland.
Round three: Walker pushes in and eats a few shots before a clinch. He's pushing in nonetheless and ends up on top in half guard after Hougland drops down after a knee against the cage. Donny's corner is reminding him how much he needs a finish. He's down on the scorecards. Hougland's got his legs over and he's attacking with an armbar. Walker picks him up and drops him on his head to get out. Hougland again throws his legs up and briefly threatens with a triangle but Walker gets out. Even when he's on his back, Hougland is winning this fight with no problems. Yamasaki stands them up, which makes no sense, since they were working, but whatever. Walker pushing with kicks and lands a big right hand. Hougland panics and shoots on him and Walker tries to lock in the D'Arce choke. Hougland is trying to turn his hips in but it's not working. He's working to lock it in but he's quickly running out of time. Hougland sweeps and gets back to his feet before coming down into full guard. That's probably a wrap, folks. Walker's corner telling him to try a triangle, something to win this fight. It's a no go and Hougland makes it to the cards, where he should win the decision. 10-9 Hougland.
Final result: Jeff Hougland def. Donny Walker via unanimous decision
Anthony Njokuani vs. Andre Winner
Round one: Missed the round due to streaming issues. Sorry, Maniacs. I hear afterwards that a couple judges scored this round 10-8. Wow.
Round two: Kicked in with about three minutes to go and Winner is getting lit up. He survives though and they reset. Whole lot of exchanging between both guys but the pace has slowed considerably. Njokuani throws a spinning back fist that gets a big reaction from the crowd but doesn't do any real damage. Round comes to a close and from what I saw that was all Njokuani 10-9.
Round three: Third round and from what I can tell, Njokuani is dominating him. It seems that's the case, as told by Goldberg. Winner isn't doing much to make up the perceived gap in scoring, though. He's pushing the action in as much as he's coming forward. But it's Njokuani who is landing cleaner and more powerful shots. Nice uppercut hits. Winner misses big on a low kick. Rogan is lamenting Winner's decision not to go for it, one echoed quickly by Goldie but Njokuani shoots in for the clinch up against the cage right as they mention it. Muay Thai clinch abounds and it's again Njokuani getting the better of it. The round comes to an end and it looks clear Njokuani made a statement. Could be the last we see of Winner in UFC, at least for now. 10-9 Njokuani
Final result: Anthony Njokuani def. Andre Winner via unanimous decision