UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz defeated former WEC Featherweight champion Urijah Faber via unanimous decision to retain the bantamweight title at UFC 132. (Photo by Ryan Malone)

UFC 132 Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber: Results, Bonuses, And Payouts

UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz defeated former WEC Featherweight champion Urijah Faber via unanimous decision to retain the bantamweight title at UFC 132.

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UFC 132 Results, Bonuses, And Payouts

After months of posturing and publicity, UFC 132 lived up to the hype, delivering a card for the ages. In the organization's return to Las Vegas, the UFC showcased everything from big-time knockouts and grind-out wars, to the send-off of one legend flanked by the stunning revival of another. In the end, the Nevada promotion was a runaway success, pulling in a gate of over $2,300,000 and a live audience of 12,947 fans.

Dominick Cruz dismantled Urijah Faber in the night's main event, winning a five-round affair via unanimous decision to retain the UFC bantamweight belt. Momentum for the bout swung wildly back-and-forth, as the judge's scores clearly indicate. Cruz won the contest 50-45, 49-46 and 48-47.

The champion battered and bruised his opponent with a stifling array of combinations and kicks, securing the fight with a fierce fifth round in which Cruz landed multiple takedowns and a brutal flying knee. In the end, his relentless attack proved too difficult for Faber to combat. The highly entertaining bout was awarded "Fight of the Night" honors.

"I knew he was going to come in awkward like that," Faber said after the fight. "Congratulations to Dominick. He won. It wasn't enough of an output on my side, and I didn't finish him. I felt like I won the fight, but congratulations to Dominick."

In the night's co-main event, it took just 27 seconds for Chris Leben to crush his hero. "The Crippler" won for the fourth time in five fights, devastating PRIDE legend Wanderlei Silva with a succession of picture-perfect uppercuts from the clinch in the opening minute of their middleweight bout.

The finish, thanks to Zombie Prophet and Iron Forges Iron:

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The bout may mark the end of the road for Silva. "The Axe Murderer", who recently turned 35, has lost six of his last eight bouts -- four byway of violent knockouts. Needless to say, the extensive mileage from his PRIDE days seems to finally be catching up to him, and it would be a tragedy to see him suffer through the same vicious end that befell his former rival, Chuck Liddell.

Also on the main card, lightweight Dennis Siver defeated Matt Wiman to take the unanimous judge's decision, his fourth victory in a row. Though, the outcome of this one was in doubt at certain points in the fights. Wiman abused the German kickboxer, who barely survived a brutal second round that left a pair of cuts on his bloodied forehead. After a close and competitive third round, Siver pulled out the narrow decision on the heels of his takedown and guillotine attempt to end the fight. 

Tito Ortiz recaptured waning relevance by upsetting "The Ultimate Fighter Season 8" winner Ryan Bader via guillotine choke just two minutes into their light heavyweight contest. After heading into the fight hearing rumblings of his impending retirement, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" silenced critics in capturing his first victory since 2006.

In a spectacular performance, Carlos Condit defeated previously unbeaten Dong Hyun Kim via technical knockout just 2:58 into round one of their welterweight fight. The "Natural Born Killer" launched a textbook flying knee that crushed the jaw of Kim, before landing a ruthless series of punches that crumbled the South Korean. A winner of his last four UFC fights, Condit likely pushed himself into title contention with the victory. The outrageous finish earned "Knockout of the Night" honors.

The finish, also thanks to Zombie Prophet and Iron Forges Iron:

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On the televised SPIKE preliminaries, Melvin Guillard continued his newfound run through the lightweight division, blitzing WEC-veteran Shane Roller with a relentless series of strikes to end the contest at 2:12 of the first round. The win is the fifth in a row for the Greg Jackson product, who is edging closer to title contention with each highlight reel finish. 

The finish, again thanks to Zombie Prophet and Iron Forges Iron:

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Rafael dos Anjos upset George Sotiropoulos, cracking the Aussie with a blistering counter right hook early in the first round of their scheduled lightweight bout. The win is the fourth of the Brazilian's last five fights within the UFC.

On the undercard, former WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles defeated Takeya Mizugaki via unanimous decision in an entertaining back-and-forth affair. Bowles claimed all three judges scorecards -- 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 -- despite the fact that he appeared to sustain a significant right hand injury early in the fight. The win is the second in two opportunities within the UFC for the WEC transfer.    

Phoenix resident Aaron Simpson claimed his second victory in a row, defeating TUF-11 contestant Brad Tavares via unanimous decision. Simpson negated the talented Hawaiian throughout the bout with a continuous stream of takedowns and stifling work in the clinch. The loss was Tavares' first.

UFC 132 Official Results:
Dominick Cruz def. Urijah Faber via Decision (Unanimous)
Chris Leben def. Wanderlei Silva via KO (Punches) at 0:27 of Round 1
Dennis Siver def. Matt Wiman via Decision (Unanimous)
Tito Ortiz def. Ryan Bader via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:56 of Round 1
Carlos Condit def. Dong Hyun Kim via TKO (Flying Knee and Punches) at 2:58 of Round 1
Melvin Guillard def. Shane Roller via KO (Punches) at 2:12 of Round 1
Rafael dos Anjos def. George Sotiropoulos via KO (Punch) at 0:59 of Round 1
Brian Bowles def. Takeya Mizugaki via Decision (Unanimous)
Aaron Simpson def. Brad Tavares via Decision (Unanimous)
Anthony Njokuani def. Andre Winner via Decision (Unanimous)
Jeff Hougland def. Donny Walker via Decision (Unanimous)

UFC 132 Bonuses:
Knockout of the Night: Carlos Condit ($75,000)
Submission of the Night: Tito Ortiz ($75,000)
Fight of the Night: Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber ($75,000 each) 

Fighter Salaries (figures do not include post-event bonuses):
Dominick Cruz: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Urijah Faber: $32,000
Chris Leben: $92,000 ($46,000 win bonus)
Wanderlei Silva: $200,000
Dennis Siver: $50,000 ($25,000 win bonus)
Matt Wiman: $18,000
Tito Ortiz: $450,000 (no win bonus)
Ryan Bader: $20,000
Carlos Condit: $68,000 ($34,000 win bonus)
Dong Hyun Kim: $41,000
Melvin Guillard: $64,000 ($32,000 win bonus)
Shane Roller: $21,000
Rafael Dos Anjos: $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus)
George Sotiropoulos: $15,000
Brian Bowles: $34,000 ($17,000 win bonus)
Takeya Mizugaki: $12,000
Aaron Simpson: $34,000 ($17,000 win bonus)
Brad Tavares: $10,000
Anthony Njokuani: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Andre Winner: $14,000
Jeff Hougland: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
Donny Walker: $6,000

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UFC 132: Predictions, TV Schedule, And Betting Odds

After months of hype, ‘UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber 2' is finally upon us. The UFC's lastest offering is scheduled to be held Saturday July 2nd, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each of the card's eleven bouts will be available to fight fans.

The action begins at 3:15 p.m. PT/6:15 p.m. ET as UFC 132's undercard streams live on the UFC Facebook page. Former WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles and Phoenix resident Aaron Simpson highlight the four fights on the action-packed preliminaries.

Coverage will continue when the UFC's two featured prelims broadcast live on SPIKE at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. Two lightweight fights are to be televised. Explosive up-and-comer Melvin Guillard is set to square off against WEC-veteran Shane Roller, and Rafael dos Anjos will battle George Sotiropoulos, who is looking to rebound from his first loss in five years.

Then the primetime action begins, as UFC 132 launches at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET live on pay-per-view. Defending champion Dominick Cruz is favored to beat the challenger, Urijah Faber, in their scheduled rematch with the bantamweight title at stake. A winner of eight straight fights, Cruz was last defeated in 2007, when he lost at the hands of Faber via an early first round guillotine. The match was for the now-defunct WEC featherweight title.

Main Card:
Dominick Cruz
(-165) vs. Urijah Faber (+135)
SB Nation Arizona prediction: Dominick Cruz via unanimous decision
Wanderlei Silva (-175) vs. Chris Leben (+145)
SB Nation Arizona prediction: Chris Leben via unanimous decision
Tito Ortiz (+400) vs. Ryan Bader (-600)
SB Nation Arizona prediction: Ryan Bader via unanimous decision
Carlos Condit (-125) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (-105)
SB Nation Arizona prediction: Dong Hyun Kim via second round KO
Dennis Siver (-130) vs. Matt Wiman (EVEN)
SB Nation Arizona prediction: Dennis Siver via first round KO

Preliminary Card (to be broadcast on SPIKE):
Melvin Guillard (-300) vs. Shane Roller (+240)
SB Nation Arizona prediction: Shane Roller via first round submission
George Sotiropoulos (-225) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (+185)
SB Nation Arizona prediction: George Sotiropoulos via unanimous decision

Preliminary Card (to be steamed on Facebook):
Brian Bowles (-500) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (+300)
SB Nation Arizona prediction: Brian Bowles via third round submission
Brad Tavares (+215) vs. Aaron Simpson (-275)
SB Nation Arizona prediction: Aaron Simpson via first round TKO
Anthony Njokuani (-150) vs. Andre Winner (+120)
SB Nation Arizona prediction: Anthony Njokuani via third round KO
Jeff Hougland (+160) vs. Donny Walker (-200)
SB Nation Arizona prediction: Jeff Hougland via unanimous decision

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UFC 132 Updated Card: Dominick Cruz Vs. Urijah Faber

A few updates have been made regarding the fight card of 'UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber'. Abiding by recent tradition, the UFC has declared the entire undercard available to the general public. Two fights -- Melvin Guillard vs. Shane Roller and George Sotiropoulos vs. Rafael dos Anjos -- will be broadcast live on SPIKE immediately prior to the beginning of the main event. Likewise, the remaining four preliminary fights will be streamed live on the UFC's Facebook page.

Also, a bantamweight bout between Jeff Hougland and Donny Walker has been inserted into undercard as a late addition. The two fighters will both be making their debut under the Zuffa banner.

UFC 132 is scheduled to be headlined by a highly-anticipated rematch between champion Dominick Cruz and challenger Urijah Faber for the UFC Bantamweight title. The two previously fought at featherweight in 2007, with Faber securing the victory early in the first round via guillotine choke. The loss is the only blemish on Cruz's otherwise perfect 17-1 record.

Featured on the main card is an middleweight contest between Wanderlei Silva and Chris Leben, a welterweight title-eliminator between Carlos Condit and Dong Hyun Kim, and a light heavyweight scrum between Tito Ortiz and Ryan Bader. A grizzled veteran of the sport, the controversial "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" has made recent headlines claiming that the bout may be one of his last.

In local news, Phoenix resident Aaron Simpson is scheduled to make his second UFC showing of 2011, fighting 'The Ultimate Fighter 11' contestant Brad Tavares on the undercard. Simpson was first scheduled to face Jason Miller, but was presented a new opponent once Miller accepted next season's vacant 'TUF' coaching position. Earlier this year 'A-Train' rebounded from a devastating string of injuries, and the first two losses of his career, to thoroughly defeat middleweight Mario Miranda via unanimous decision.

UFC 132 will be held July 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will be available for purchase on pay-per-view.

Main Card:
Bantamweight Championship: Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber
Middleweight bout: Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben
Light Heavyweight bout: Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader
Welterweight bout: Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Lightweight bout: Dennis Siver vs. Matt Wiman

Preliminary Card (to be broadcast on SPIKE):
Lightweight bout: Melvin Guillard vs. Shane Roller
Lightweight bout: George Sotiropoulos vs. Rafael dos Anjos

Preliminary Card (to be steamed on Facebook):
Bantamweight bout: Brian Bowles vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Middleweight bout: Brad Tavares vs. Aaron Simpson
Lightweight bout: Anthony Njokuani vs. Andre Winner
Bantamweight bout: Jeff Hougland vs. Donny Walker

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