Sunday, July 3, 2011

UFC 132 Results and Leftovers

JerkNotes from UFC 132

It was a night full of surprises. UFC 132 was definitely worth the $55 (for HD format). I spent the majority of the evening moving back-and-forth from my laptop, where I was streaming UFC 132, and my television, where I was keeping up with the tape delay of Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye.

Yeah, $55 well spent. Now I just have to figure out what I'm gonna do about gas money this week? At any rate, here's the caption version of what went down:

  • Anthony Njokuani was one of several fighters on the UFC's cut list, but a win over Andre winner should keep him around for at least one more fight. We'll see how many second chances Njokuani can wrench out.
  • Brad Tavares and Dong Hyun Kim both saw their first career losses, falling to Aaron Simpson and Carlos Condit, respectively. Tavares went down with a 3-round decision. Kim however, experienced a devastating knee to the chin for a first round knockout loss. Kim previously rode an eleven fight win streak, not including one no contest and on draw.
  • Melvin Guillard increased his current win streak to five with a first round KO over Shane Roller. Guillard rolled Roller with a crushing left hand followed up with a deadly combination of punches and knees to finish him off. Guillard's press for a title shot just built more steam.
  • Tito Ortiz was one of the big stories of the night. Dana White made it evident to all that Ortiz's bags would be on the curb if he lost this bout. In an effort to avoid the pink slip, a motivated Tito put the wraps on Ryan Bader with a first round guillotine choke. Forced retirement is not in Tito Ortiz's short-term plans. Is the old Tito back? That remains to be seen. Give it a couple more matches.
  • There's never a big UFC event without a controversial judges' decision and tonight's came via Dennis Siver vs. Matt Wiman. The judges' scorecards issued Siver the victory by way of unanimous decision. My kitchen table scorecard gave Matt Wiman the win, but a split decision for Siver might have passed. But a unanimous decision? I'll have what the judges are drinking, please.
  • The 'Axe Murderer' got murdered tonight. Chris Leben put the breaks to Wanderlei Silva just 27 seconds into the first round. Any more of that and Wandi could find himself taking Tito Ortiz's now vacant spot on the UFC's shitlist. Don't think it can't happen.
  • And now for the main event. Our favorite two Noxzema models bantamweight fighters squared off in a highly anticipated rematch. Faber pulled off a first round submission over Cruz in 2007, but this time Cruz's awkward style proved the better craft -- enough to earn a unanimous decision over his archrival. After the bout, Joe Rogan suggested another rematch to Urijah Faber. Faber's marketability is well appreciated by Zuffa, so we can expect the UFC to  put together a Cruz-Faber rubber match.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship
UFC 132: 'Cruz vs. Faber II'
July 2, 2011
MGM Grand Garden Arena,
Las Vegas, Nevada

Main Card:
UFC Bantamweight Title Bout
Dominick Cruz def. Urijah Faber via unanimous decision

Chris Leben def. Wanderlei Silva via first-round KO
Dennis Siver def. Matt Wiman via unanimous decision
Tito Ortiz def. Ryan Bader via submission (guillotine)
Carlos Condit def. Dong Hyun Kim via first-round TKO

Preliminary Card:
Melvin Guillard def. Shane Roller via first-round KO
Rafael Dos Anjos def. George Sotiropoulos via first-round KO
Brian Bowles def. Takeya Mizugaki via unanimous decision
Aaron Simpson def. Brad Tavares via unanimous decision
Anthony Njokuani def. Andre Winner via unanimous decision
Jeff Hougland def. Donny Walker via unanimous decision

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