Urijah Faber vs Dominick Cruz Full Fight Video

WEC 26 took place on March 24, 2007. This card featured a Bantamweight championship fight between the champ, Uriah Faber, and the challenger, Dominick Cruz.

Cruz was new to the organization and this would be his first fight in the WEC.

Faber was coming off of back to back wins over both Joe Pearson by submission in Round 1, and Cole Escovedo by KO in Round 2. He was explosive, tough, and highly favored to win this match.

Round 1:  Faber and Cruz come to the center and start the feeling out process. Faber throws a high kick that lands to Cruz’s shoulder. Cruz backs off momentarily then closes the distance. They start to circle each other in the middle, feeling each other out. Faber charges forward, throwing a sharp right hand that Cruz blocks. Faber drops his hands and taunts Cruz to come in, then throws a wicked left right combo. Cruz blocks, dodges, and returns with a left right combo of his own. Faber looks very confident, throwing another attempted high kick. Cruz backs out of the way, and they engage again.

They both circle each other in the center, trying to establish some offense. Faber backs up slightly then charges forward, throwing a haymaker right hand that misses the mark. Cruz immediately counters with a punch and a high kick which lands to the top of Faber’s head, but doesn’t do any damage. Faber moves forward, hands down at his sides, showing no respect for Cruz’s power. As they circle Cruz attempts a couple of right hands that miss. Faber backs up and blasts forward, catching Cruz with a strong right hand. He grabs Cruz’s head in the clinch and tries to land a knee.

Cruz pushes Faber back and they square off once again. Cruz grabs Faber and attempts a takedown. They both go to the mat, but Uriah has Cruz’s neck. They both scramble, attempting to gain a better position, but Faber still has Cruz’s neck surrounded with his right arm. Cruz is able to stand and break free momentarily, when Faber catches him with a knee to the face. They both drop down to the mat again, with Uriah once again holding onto Cruz’s neck with his right arm. Dominick is trying to improve his position, while Faber attempts to connect his hands for a full guillotine.

Cruz continues to work and Faber is finally able to clasp his hands together, then throws his left leg over Dominick’s back into a guillotine choke. Cruz starts trying to fight it, and Faber uses his own momentum to flip him completely over onto his back, still holding the choke. Cruz still tries to fight off the choke, but Uriah’s grip is way too tight, and after a few more seconds Cruz is forced to tap. Referee Herb Dean separates the two and Uriah Faber defeats Dominick Cruz by submission in Round 1.

Georges St-Pierre vs Frank Trigg Full Fight Video

UFC 54 took place August 20, 2005 from Las Vegas, NV. The card featured a dynamic welterweight match-up between Frank Trigg and Georges St. Pierre.

Trigg was coming off his second loss to Matt Hughes at UFC 45 for the welterweight title. This would be Trigg’s 5th fight in the UFC. Trigg was confident, cocky, and sure he had the experience to stop St. Pierre.

St. Pierre was defeated by Matt Hughes as well at UFC 50. Since that fight he had defeated Dave Strasser and Jason Miller. Besides the loss to Hughes, St. Pierre’s fight record was very impressive, winning  9 of his last 10 bouts.

Round 1: Both Trigg and St. Pierre meet in the center of the Octagon. Trigg attempts a knee and backs St. Pierre up. Trigg drops down and tries a takedown. St. Pierre defends, flips it around, and puts Trigg on his back. St. Pierre mounts him and starts reigning down major punches. Trigg is trying to defend, but St. Pierre is scoring major points, landing bombs on Trigg’s face. St. Pierre continues to work in top position, taking Trigg’s back more than once, and threatening with an arm triangle. St. Pierre is totally dominating Trigg with elbows and punches, working from the mount, and taking his back. St. Pierre is throwing punch after unanswered punch, and Trigg is just trying to survive.

While punching, St. Pierre manages to slip his arm around Trigg’s neck and secure a rear naked choke. Trigg is just holding on, and the momentum of St. Pierre flips both Trigg and Georges sideways, with St. Pierre still holding the choke. When they land sideways, St. Pierre is still holding the choke  very tightly. Trigg cannot take anymore and taps right away. Referee John Mccarthy separates the two, and Georges St. Pierre defeats Frank Trigg by submission in Round 1.

Chael Sonnen vs Brian Stann Full Fight Video

UFC 136 was held on Oct 8, 2011 in Houston, TX. The card featured an exciting middleweight showdown between Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann.

This was Sonnen’s first fight after losing to Anderson “The Spider” Silva at UFC 117. Even though he came up short, Sonnen put on a brilliant performance, dominating Silva like no one had done before. Fight fans all over the world were anxious to see a rematch between Silva and Sonnen, but he would have to fight his way back to another title shot. His first obstacle, Brian Stann.

Stann had entered the UFC in the light heavyweight division, but moved down to middleweight where he won his first 3 fights, defeating Jorge Santiago, Chris Leben, and Mike Massenzio. A former military  veteran, Stann was well respected and feared for his punching power and toughness. He looked very impressive in his last 3 fights, finishing every one of his opponents. Now, this was Stann’s chance to make a statement to the MMA world.

Round 1:  Sonnen and Stann come to the center. Sonnen immediately goes for a takedown. Stann defends and Chael works him into the cage. They scramble briefly, and Chael keeps Stann against the cage while he throws knees and punches. Chael pulls Stann away from the cage and trips him down to the canvas. This is Sonnen’s world, on the mat, and he keeps Stann on the bottom. Stann tries to hold Sonnen to prevent taking damage, but Chael stays on him, reigning down punches, knees, and even taking Stann’s back. Sonnen dominates the remainder of the entire round in top position, doing whatever he wants to do. The round ends with Sonnen on top reigning down punches and elbows to Stann’s head.

Round 2:  Both fighters come out, and in seconds Sonnen takes Stann down. He starts working immediately, throwing punches over and over again, to Stann’s face. Stann is trying his best to defend Sonnen’s attack, but Chael is having his way with Stann. Chael gets into full mount, throwing steady punches to Brian’s face. Stann is not mounting any kind of offense and tries to hold on.

The referee makes a decision to stand them up even though Sonnen is working. Stann attempts a couple of hard right hands, but neither hit their mark. Sonnen avoids Stann’s attack and closes the distance. He works Stann back into the cage, and moments later he drops down and picks Stann up in the air. He slams him to the mat and moves back into top position. Sonnen is able to put an arm triangle on Stann and jumps over to the opposite side. Stann tries to hang on, but the triangle is too tight and Stann is forced to tap out. The referee comes in and separates the two. Chael Sonnen defeats Brian Stann by submission in Round 2.