The two greatest bantamweights, Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber, hate each other so much that they will never touch gloves before a fight and no matter how hard they hit each other at UFC: 132 they kept fighting back.
Regardless if you know about the history of Faber and Cruz in the now defunct World Elite Cagefighting (WEC), in the UFC: 132 extras you get the entire fight of Cruz and Faber from WEC and UFC have made two short exclusive DVD videos on both fighters to help educate new fans. For Cruz, Jon Rogan fires off a series of a Q & A, while Faber talks about why he fights, his parents, and his career in a UFC Unguarded segment.
Unlike their first fight from WEC, Faber and Cruz for the UFC Bantamweight championship goes the distance and both men really show why the bantamweight division in the UFC is one of the most exciting. With fast flurries of punches and combos for nearly five straight rounds, the amount of endurance both men showcased was truly phenomenal. Cruz with his strikes while Faber was trying to rush in helped him look to have gain the edge in the judges’ eyes. Difficult to call as a lot of strikes happened so fast. In the post fight interview Cruz does state that he got his one loss back and believes the Faber question has been stopped.
Tito Ortiz was in a win or get cut from the UFC situation in his bout against Ryan Bader. Ortiz had not won in the UFC since 2006. However, Ortiz with his back against the wall seems to always rise to the occasion. This was no different. Ortiz saw an opening and unleashes a nasty ground and pound on Bader followed by a gullotine choke submission. “I ain’t going f*cking nowhere. You gotta get the f*cking police to drag my a$$ out of here,” said Ortiz in the extra footage on the DVD. Ortiz also gets a special in his own words segment where he talks openly about his 14-year fight career.
Unfortunately the comeback of Wanderlei Silva was not as successful. Silva came out swinging, but one well-timed hook caught Silva and he was out on his feet. Silva did come to and thought the fight was still going as he fought a bit with the official afterwards. A day in the life of Silva shows that despite his loss Silva is living well with his family.
Great drama from start to finish on this DVD. Jam-packed filled with bonus material that will keep you watching over and over. Some outcomes are somewhat controversial, how Dennis Siver won in the judges’ eyes after being badly beaten by Matt Wiman is difficult to understand. However, if you’re a fan of UFC or mixed martial arts this is a top notch must buy.
UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber
Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada
Released on Sept. 13, 2011
Run time of 309 minutes