Quick Predictions: UFC 132 Cruz vs Faber

UFC 132 is one thing to look forward to in the coming July 4th weekend. Like so many cards as of late, the card has gone through a bunch of changes but it still should be a good one. Oh, I promise I will spare you from any fireworks pun in this post. You’re welcome.

Dominick Cruz vs Urijah Faber
Dominick Cruz by Judges’ Decision
Cruz has only lost once (he has a very impressive 17-1 record) and that loss was in fact to Urijah Faber. Both fighters have seen improved since. Still I always though Faber was a bit overrated. Cruz has a very unorthodox hit and run striking style and I think that would give Faber fits. Faber best bet is to get this fight to the ground and perhaps slap on a guillotine choke which Team Alpha Male is renown for but Cruz has good takedown defense and I see him defending his belt in a good back and forth bout.

Wanderlei Silva vs Chris Leben
Chris Leben by Judges’ Decision
The Axe Murderer is at the point of his career where almost every fighter in his division is calling him out to make a name for themselves. He has a lot of fights under his belt and it is catching up with him. Sure he just beat Michael Bisping but even then there were some tense moments for him if I remember correctly. As for Leben, he lost a ton of momentum losing to Brian Stann in his last fight and this is a fight he must fight to stay relevant or less he would remain being the gatekeeper of the division kind of like Wanderlei. I do think he takes this because at this point Leben is the better athlete with a better chin if they choose to slug it out.

Tito Ortiz vs Ryan Bader

Ryan Bader by Judges’ Decision
The bottom line is Tito Ortiz hasn’t won in like forever and I don’t see him winning here. He is injured prone and hasn’t evolved with the sport whether he admits it or not.

Carlos Condit vs Dong Hyun Kim
Dong Hyun Kim by Judges’ Decision
I always thought Condit was a bit inconsistent but I’m surprised to find out he has in fact lost only once in his time with UFC and WEC. Plus he is coming off easily the biggest win of career, knocking out Dan Hardy in specular fashion. I think the Stun Gun Dong Hyun Kim on the other hand is perhaps the best UFC welterweight prospect/ up and comer. He hasn’t lost a fight yet and he is more than capable of using his excellent ground game to grind out wins. In fact, I foresee that happening here. But if Condit wins here, I swear I won’t underestimate him again.

Dennis Siver vs Matt Wiman
Dennis Siver by Knockout in the Second
Speaking of underestimating fighters, I have underestimated Dennis Siver in last few fights but no more. He has proven in his last few fights to be more than just a kickboxer. If his takedown defense continues to improves, I see him easily winning this fight.

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