This Saturday night the UFC returns to its home base at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada to brings its fans worldwide another impressive showing in the form of UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber. The card is headlined by a five-round rematch between reigning UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz (16-1) and the only man to ever beat him, “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (25-4) – only this time, it’s UFC gold that’s on the line. The co-main event between PRIDE veteran “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva (34-10-1) and “The Crippler” Chris Leben (21-8) promises a firefight with all the makings of “Fight of the Night”, maybe even “Knockout of the Night”. Long-time UFC veteran and former 205lbs. champ “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz (15-8-1) will test his skills against a much younger top contender who many claim to be a better version of Ortiz’s former self in “Darth” Ryan Bader (12-1). Opening up the main card is German kickboxer and famed striker Dennis Siver (18-7) taking on an evolving “Handsome” Matt Wiman (13-5) and former WEC Welterweight Champion “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit (26-5) teeing off against JMMA star “The Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim (17-4-3). Surprising fight outcomes often remind fans that “anything can happen in MMA” and this card is no exception. Here is MMA Gospel staff members’ predictions on how the main card will go down.
Two days before the nation’s two-hundred and fifty-third birthday, the UFC delivers yet another card of premium mixed martial arts action in its thirteenth show of the year. Highlighting the night is a bantamweight title fight between reigning champion Dominick Cruz (16-1) and the only man to hold a victory over him, “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (25-4). Leading up to the main event is a collection of the usual fan pleasers and division shakers as “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva (34-10-1) and “The Crippler” Chris Leben (21-8) meet in a good ole fashioned brawler’s battle, “Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim (17-4-3) squares off against “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit (26-5) in a bid to see who belongs across the cage from “Rush” Georges St. Pierre (22-2), and Dennis Siver (18-7) goes to war with Matt Wiman (13-5) to see whose four-fight win streak will earn him a spot in the title discussion. Also on the card is a rebuilding fight for the TUF wrestling machine “Darth” Ryan Bader (12-1) as he looks to get back on track against the last of the Dark Age champions “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz (15-8-1). Ortiz is the last of the pre-Zuffa era warriors to continue pushing for fights against the best in the division as he refuses to become another relic of the UFC’s past.
The Fourth of July weekend gets lit up early when fireworks are presented in the form of MMA action as UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber takes place in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night. German kickboxer Dennis Siver (18-7) hopes to keep his own mean streak alive when he meets fellow lightweight prospect “Handsome” Matt Wiman (13-5). “Darth” Ryan Bader (12-1) hopes to get back to his winning ways but “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz (15-8-1) does not intend on being that stepping stone on his way back to the top. In what could be a true battle to remember, “The Crippler” Chris Leben (21-8) is granted his request from UFC 116 when he meets beloved fellow brawler “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva (34-10-1). The bantamweights make themselves known when “The Dominator” Dominick Cruz (16-1) puts his belt on the line against former WEC Featherweight Champion “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (25-4). In the middle of all the action though, “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit (26-5) and “Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim prepare to go tooth-and-nail in a welterweight battle where a heavy shift in title contention can happen for the victor. Condit has tasted the gold before in his WEC days and would like to do so again by adding Kim to his list of victims. The South Korean Kim though has torn through the welterweight ranks with his unforgiving Judo. Now standing as two valid contenders to “Rush” Georges St. Pierre’s (22-2) belt, only one of them can advance further to eventually challenge for the gold.