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UFC 132 Predictions

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UFC 132UFC 132 is set to take place on Saturday, July 2nd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The main event is a rematch between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber for the UFC Bantamweight Championship.

Cruz and Faber faced each other in 2007 for the WEC Featherweight belt. Cruz took the loss – his only to date – when he was submitted by guillotine choke in the first round. Cruz went on to win his next 8 bouts, including 3 WEC/UFC Bantamweight Championship matches. Faber is 7-3 since his first match-up against Cruz, with all 3 losses for the WEC Featherweight Championship. Faber’s third featherweight championship loss was his last in the 145lbs division and he is now 2-0 since moving down to 135lbs.

Here are my predictions for all five, main card, fights.

Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber

Cruz and Faber is not only a great rematch for UFC fans, but it’s an intense grudge match. Cruz and Faber have publically admitted that they don’t care for each other, which makes this bout even more exciting.

Even though Faber hasn’t faired well in championship bouts recently, he is still a force in the cage. Faber has the ability to end a fight in numerous ways. His cardio is always excellent and he is never lacking confidence. Faber might even have the mental edge in this bout, due to his previous victory over Cruz. However, Cruz has evolved greatly since his last match with Faber. Cruz has out worked all of his opponents and kept himself out of danger with his in & out style. I see Cruz continuing his winning ways to retain his belt by decision.

Pick – Dominick Cruz

Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben

Silva vs. Leben is the kind of stand-up war that fans dream about. These two guys have combined for 36 knockout victories in their careers. There is a chance that this fight could end early in the first round, with either guy getting their hand raised. Leben is coming off a bad loss to Brian Stann and Silva has been out of action since February 2010. Silva did have a decision win against Michael Bisping in his last bout, but he lost 5 of 6 before that match. Can Leben rebound from his last loss? Will Silva be rusty after being out for over a year? All I know is that this is going to be a war and it should excite fans from start to finish. I’m having a hard time picking the winner, but I see Leben coming away with the victory, as long as he stays away from Silva’s knees.

Pick – Chris Leben

Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader

Ortiz has not won a fight since 2006 and some wonder why he is still in the UFC. The answer, he has name recognition and he can still hang with most guys in the division. Ortiz now has the opportunity to keep his job when he faces a young, tough fighter in Bader. Bader is 12-1, with his one loss to Jon Jones, and has progressed as a fighter since his stay in the Ultimate Fighter house. I see Bader using his power, wrestling and youth to carry him to a unanimous decision victory over Ortiz.

Pick – Ryan Bader

Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim

Condit and Kim are both coming off huge wins. Condit knocked Dan Hardy out last October and Kim beat Nate Diaz by unanimous decision in January. Kim is looking to once again beat a top level guy on his way up the welterweight ladder. Meanwhile, Condit is looking to cement himself as the top contender for the welterweight championship. Kim will try to take Condit down and wear him out for the victory, but I don’t see that happening. Condit should be able to utilize his stand-up and ground game to pick up the victory by submission.

Pick – Carlos Condit

Dennis Siver vs. Matt Wiman

Wiman is coming off three straight wins, including a very impressive victory over Cole Miller in January. The problem is that Wiman is going up against a dangerous striker in Siver. Wiman will try to take Siver down, but ask George Sotiropoulos how well that worked for him. I see Siver keeping the fight standing and finish Wiman by TKO.

Pick – Dennis Siver

by Tim Stroud

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