Now that “UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber II” is officially in the books, company president Dana White announced 12,947 rabid MMA fans packed the MGM Grand Garden Arena and drew a live gate of $2.3 million.
Fans were rewarded for their attendance, as this year’s 4th of July weekend event certainly delivered some fireworks with several knockouts, a submission and a fantastic main event.
UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz successfully defended his strap against former WEC featherweight title holder Urijah Faber in the night’s featured attraction.
Cruz avenged the only blemish on his resume and improved his record to 18-1.
His spot atop the 135-pound division is unquestioned, at least for the time being, but a trilogy with Faber certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibilities.
Chris Leben only needed 27 seconds to put former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva to sleep in the co-main event en route to notching the biggest victory of his career.
Meanwhile, future Hall of Famer and former 205-pound champ Tito Ortiz remains employed by the UFC after securing the biggest upset of the night.
With retirement an extreme probability heading into the evening, Ortiz submitted heavily favored Ryan Bader in the 1stRound to the delight of the ruckus crowd.