For a card that completely lost its main event, UFC 132 looks pretty stacked. Even with B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch both injured, there’s no shortage of talent in any of the five matches on Saturday’s main card, especially in the Bantamweight title bout between champion Dominick Cruz and challenger Urijah Faber. Putting these two guys in the Octagon is like putting two motorcyclists in the Globe of Death. Our MMA lines at press time have Cruz favored at –150.
This won’t be their first rodeo, either. Faber was the WEC Featherweight champion and that promotion’s most popular fighter in 2007; he successfully defended his title against Cruz at WEC 26 by locking on a guillotine choke halfway through the first round. Not long afterwards, Cruz dropped from 145 to 135 pounds and found his groove, rattling off seven straight victories and winning the WEC Bantamweight title. That belt and the entire division are now property of the UFC thanks to the company takeover.
Faber held onto the WEC Featherweight belt (also now under UFC jurisdiction) until late 2008, when he lost it to Mike Brown, and failed to get it back in title matches against Brown and current champion Jose Aldo. So Faber also dropped down in weight class last year, beating Takeya Mizugaki in his final WEC performance and Eddie Wineland in his UFC debut this past March. Which brings us to this Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Faber has a great track record for a +120 underdog, and the clash of styles in this matchup could favor the challenger. The emphasis will likely be on wrestling, with Faber the aggressor and Cruz relying on speed, takedown defense, and quick striking. It should be a great fight to wrap up a great evening. Bodog Sports is your source for all the UFC 132 betting lines and beyond.
Get all your UFC odds at Bodog.