Dominick Cruz successfully defends bantamweight title against Urijah Faber

by Michael David Smith | source:

The first bantamweight title fight in UFC history did not disappoint, as Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber battled inside the Octagon for 25 minutes and put on a show, with Cruz taking home a unanimous decision and retaining his bantamweight belt.

"I've got to say, Urijah -- man, that dude hits hard," Cruz said after the fight. "He hits hard, his hands move fast. ... Thank you, God."

Both 135-pounders have unorthodox styles, and the clash of those styles was a sight to behold: They both moved around the Octagon like waterbugs, taking strange angles, clashing together and then pulling apart. The fight was close and competitive, and it was surprising that one judge scored it 50-45 for Cruz, saying that Cruz had won all five rounds. The other two judges scored it 49-46 and 48-47 for Cruz, which seemed like more reasonable scores.

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Title Fight Urijah "California Kid" Faber Vs. Dominick Cruz
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5) - Fight was for the Bantamweight Title
Name Urijah Faber <a href=Urijah Faber" src="" />
Height 5′ 6″ (167.64 cm)
Weight 145 (65.77 kg)
Record 25-4-0
Team Capital City Fighting Alliance
Name Dominick Cruz <a href=Dominick Cruz" src="" />
Height 5′ 8″ (172.72 cm)
Weight 135 (61.23 kg)
Record 16-1-0
Dominick Cruz def. Urijah Faber via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 48-47)


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TheNoCountBitchbing site profile image  

7/3/11 9:49 PM by TheNoCountBitchbing

TheShogunEra - Rogan is up Fabers ass jesus christjust like they promoted jones before he was champ. they want the cali kid and the black superman to be all over the magazines. people like wand, liben, crus, roy nelson, valasquez and the like don't do it, their idea of a champ rank would be brock 'the crossover fanwaggon' lesner, jon 'the black superhero' jones, 'the american hero' brian 'the american hero' stann, gs 'the canadian stadium filler' p, joe laozan, ken 'i floed throughout the first season of TUF without fighting till the finals' 'flo' florian, and erijia 'i sound foreign butt chin im not' faber.

Freakin 10er site profile image  

7/3/11 1:40 AM by Freakin 10er

Cruz does the standing version of "lay and gay". Stays elusive but I was shocked by how many times he could connect and not cause any damage. He might have won the point sparring but Faber actually put some power in once and a while...overall this is why I'd rather watch the lighter guys grapple; much more likely to get a finish that way. Also, wtf with 50-45? I could see where the other two were scoring but seriously?

Bounty Hunter site profile image  

7/3/11 1:25 AM by Bounty Hunter

as i thought..... Cruz "cruzed" his way to a decision. i hoped he would finish but what ever. at least it wasnt't lay and gay.I never was a Cruz fan but he earned my respect a few fights ago. I was always a Faber fan, but he couldn't figure Cruz way the best man win

jcblass site profile image  

7/3/11 12:34 AM by jcblass


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7/3/11 12:33 AM by Body Shots


Poleeko site profile image  

7/2/11 11:56 PM by Poleeko

So did I.

biggator site profile image  

7/2/11 11:52 PM by biggator

Ass... Fucking Droid

TopGrinder site profile image  

7/2/11 11:49 PM by TopGrinder

 49 -46 Cruz all day. The california kid looked lackluster

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

7/2/11 11:47 PM by duckhuntgangsta

Saying something should be a split win is basically saying there should be inconsistency in the judging. At least we have that.

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

7/2/11 11:45 PM by duckhuntgangsta

50-45. WTF!?