UFC 132 Results: Cruz Beats Faber; Leben Blitzes Silva

Dominick Cruz fortified his reign atop the bantamweight division on Saturday with a unanimous decision victory over Urijah Faber in the UFC 132 headliner at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Cruz used his quickness to the hilt as he outpointed Faber, 50-45, 49-46, 48-47. The win did not only allow Cruz to successfully defend his UFC bantamweight title but also avenged the lone loss of his career, a submission defeat he suffered at the hands of Faber on March 24, 2007. Living up to the promise of an exciting match, Cruz and Faber went toe-to-toe in the middle of the octagon for most of the fight, although neither one of them appeared to be in trouble of getting knocked out.

Faber caught Cruz with his signature powerful right hand, causing the defending champion to lose his balance. Cruz was able to recover quickly and went to return the favor in the fifth round when he hit his opponent with a flying knee kick.

In the main supporting match, American Chris Leben answered a rude welcome from Wanderlei Silva with a barrage of punches that left the legendary Brazilian fighter scampering for cover. The fight was halted 27 seconds into the first round with Silva facedown on the mat.

In other matches, Carlos Condit TKOd Dong Hyun Kim; Dennis Siver defeated Matt Wiman via unanimous decision; and Tito Ortiz submitted Ryan Bader with a guillotine choke 1:56 in the first round.