Dominick Cruz To Defend Bantamweight Belt Against Urijah Faber at UFC 132

March 26, 2011
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UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz

UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz

Ultimate Fighting Championship officials on Saturday once again took to Twitter to announce an upcoming fight.

Former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber (25-4), fresh off of a victory over Eddie Wineland, will challenge UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (17-1) at UFC 132 on July 2.

UFC president Dana White had confirmed the two would be next on the docket after Faber’s win at UFC 128, although at that point he hadn’t determined a date or venue.

Faber and Cruz have met once before, when both were fighting for the WEC. Cruz made his promotional debut in a challenge to Faber’s featherweight strap. Faber choked Cruz out a minute and a half into the opening round.

Cruz hasn’t lost a fight since. He has reeled off eight straight victories, twice defending his bantamweight title, once in the WEC and once in the UFC.

Faber went on to lose his title to Mike Brown and struggle in the 145-pound weight class, failing to get his belt back from current champion Jose Aldo. He then dropped down to bantamweight, where he has back-to-back impressive victories over Takeya Mizugaki and Wineland.

A welterweight rematch between B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch will also be featured at UFC 132 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

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