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Dominick Cruz defends his title against Urijah Faber in UFC 132

Jul 1, 2011 11:42 AM

This weekend brings UFC 132 back to Las Vegas with a packed card featuring UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz defending his title against former WEC® Featherweight champ Urijah Faber. Also on the main card, middleweights Wanderlei Silva and Chris Leben, welterweights Carlos Condit and Dong Hyun Kim, and a light heavyweight battle between "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz and Ryan Bader.

Additional fights can be seen on SPIKE prior to the pay-per-view, which will include lightweights Melvin Guillard vs. Shane Roller and George Sotiropoulos vs. Rafael dos Anjos.

Facebook will feature bouts with bantamweights Brian Bowles vs. Takeya Mizugaki, middleweights Brad Tavares vs. Aaron Simpson, lightweights Anthony Njokuani vs. Andre Winner, and bantamweights Jeff Hougland vs. Donny Walker.

Look for the Aaron Simpson and Brad Tavares to put on a battle after Simpson’s first opponent, Jason Miller, accepted next season’s The Ultimate Fighter coaches position.

Earlier in the week Nate Marquardt issued an explanation on his recent dismissal from the UFC® after he was unable to obtain medical clearance to fight in his headlining bout against Rick Story in last week’s UFC® Live. During a recent interview, Marquardt explained he had undergone Testosterone Replacement Therapy as prescribed by his physician.

Whatever the case may be, Marquardt’s inability to enter the ring last Sunday changed the line up for the nights events, moving Pat "Hype or Die" Barry’s bout against Cheick Kongo to the headline fight of the night.

Barry came out strong in the first round delivering several blows that seemed to stun Kongo enough that referee Dan Miragliotta jumped in prepared to stop the fight due to knock out. With one of the most amazing come backs in UFC history, Kongo landed a devastating blow that won him the victory with a knock out against Barry.

Rick Story stayed in the game by accepting a fight with last minute stand in Charlie Brenneman, who ultimately won via unanimous decision.