Bantamweights put on 'Fight of the night'
July, 3, 2011
By Brett Okamoto
Ed Mulholland for ESPN.comDominick Cruz, left, and Urijah Faber pocketed a little extra scratch for their efforts.LAS VEGAS -- The first bantamweight title fight in UFC history did not disappoint.
Defending 135-pound champion Dominick Cruz and No. 1 contender Urijah Faber treated the Las Vegas crowd of 12,947 to one of the best fights of the year Saturday in the main event of UFC 132.
The 25-minute affair featured an incredible pace and terrific swings in momentum. UFC president Dana White referred to the fight as “MMA at its finest.”
At the end, it was Cruz (18-1) who took home the unanimous decision win and the belt, but he and Faber (25-5) each added $70,000 to his pocket for earning "Fight of the night" honors.
“I think me and Urijah set the bar,” Cruz said. “We showed everybody that 135-pounders can headline a card; 145-pounders can headline a card.
“It will be exciting and we can compete with heavyweights. We all train hard. Just because we’re little guys doesn’t mean we can’t scrap.
In addition to the main event fighters, welterweight Carlos Condit and light heavyweight Tito Ortiz earned fight night bonuses.
Condit (27-5) earned "Knockout of the night" for his flying-knee finish of Dong Hyun Kim. It marks the third consecutive bonus for Condit. He won "Fight of the night" along with Rory MacDonald at UFC 115 and took "Knockout of the night" for his finish over Dan Hardy at UFC 120.
Ortiz (16-8-1) saved his job and earned "Submission of the night" honors for his first-round win upset of Ryan Bader. It was his first win in nearly five years.