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5 fights at UFC 132 that intrigue us

Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz in a screenshot

Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz in a screenshot from THQ's UFC Undisputed 3, in stores January 2012. Credit: THQ

Yes, there are 11 fights on the card for UFC 132 on July 2 in Las Vegas, and between Facebook, Spike and pay-per-view, you can watch all of them. These are the five bouts that intrique us the most, in countdown order.

5) Matt Wiman vs. Dennis Siver

Wiman has a tendency to put on exciting fights, even when they go the distance. He has three Fight of the Night bonuses already. And with all the past talk and analysis about Siver's devastating spinning back kick, let's see if that can still be a weapon for him.

4) George Sotiropoulos vs. Rafael Dos Anjos

Sotiropoulos was on the rise with six straight wins at lightweight in the UFC until he lost by unanimous decision to Siver in February in his home country of Australia. Let's see how Sotiropoulos responds and perhaps works his way back up the very crowded ladder at 155 pounds.

3) Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben

Over/under on total punches thrown: 62. Over/under on minutes fought: 3:22. Everyone wants a flurry of fast-flying punches in this bout, which means it will go the distance and be boring, right? Eh, maybe. We'll take the unders, though.

2) Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber

Cruz, the UFC bantamweight champion, has one loss in his career -- to Faber. The two fighters are fast with the fists and lips. Plenty of yapping between Cruz and Faber, and that was before the bout was even signed! Faber is the people's champion, and a former featherweight champion. Cruz is a top 10 pound-for-pound fighter, so this one could be a doozy.

1) Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader

Call us old school, but wouldn't it be nice to see Ortiz win a fight again? It's been five years, and the narrative of this fight is that it could be Ortiz's last in the UFC if he loses. Maybe it's a marketing ploy to sell pay-per-views, maybe not. Either way, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" is sure to entertain us. Plus, this is a chance to see how Bader responds after his first career loss.

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