UFC Cruz v Faber 2 Odds Cruz favourite to retain his bantamweight title

UFC Bantamweight title holder Dominick Cruz will put his title on the line when he takes on Urijah Faber for a second time in UFC 132 in the early hours of Sunday morning (04.30 BST). Cruz starts as 8/11 odds on favourite for the fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but Faber won their last meeting and cannot be underestimated as Paddy Power price him evens for repeat glory.

The pair last met in 2007, with fans' favourite Faber winning by submission, and that is the only defeat of Cruz's impressive career. That loss come at featherweight though and Cruz is quickly proving himself to be a class above in the 135lbs, bantamweight division. He has gone undefeated in nine fights since that loss and has taken his career record to 17-1.

There is little love lost between the pair and Cruz has said he is out for revenge in a fight that is the first of its kind at bantamweight. They both have much to prove as this is the first bantamweight title fight in UFC history as Cruz was champion of the WEC league before the WEC became part of UFC - with Cruz's WEC title carrying over to UFC.

The defending champion is renowned for his big striking ability and he is currently tempting odds of 5/1 with PaddyPower.com to beat Faber by knockout, something he has achieved six times in his career. The favourite method of victory though is 6/4 for Cruz to win by decision, with five of his last six wins coming that way.

PaddyPower offer 8/15 that the fight goes the distance, with 11/8 for either fighter to win before five rounds are out.

The popular Faber will look to get close and make use of his excellent submission technique and quickness on Sunday as he heads in as a slight underdog, much like David Haye v Vladimir Klitschko in the world of boxing. Faber used the submission technique against Cruz to perfection last time and it is 7/2 that Faber wins by submission again, with 13 of his 25 victories coming by that method.

Faber has lost four of 29 matches, but we fancy Cruz could be slightly overconfident heading into the fight and if he offers up the chance for Faber to use his exceptional kick boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills then he could find himself without his bantamweight title come Sunday morning.

Cruz v Faber 2 Odds

Tip #1: Faber to win the fight @ evens with PaddyPower.com
Tip #2: Faber to win by submission @ 7/2 with PaddyPower.com

Cruz v Faber 2 Odds

Match Betting

8/11 Dominick Cruz
Evens Urijah Faber

What Round Will Fight End Odds

6/1 Round One
7/1 Round Two
15/2 Round Three
17/2 Round Four
9/1 Round Five

Method of Victory Odds

5/1 Cruz by KO
6/4 Cruz on points
12/1 Cruz by submission
7/1 Faber by KO
12/5 Faber on points
7/2 Faber by submission

Fight to go the distance?

8/15 Yes
11/8 No

All odds are supplied courtesy of PaddyPower.com, who provide several other odds and betting markets for all Ultimate Fighting Championship matches.

Posted: Tuesday, 28th June 2011
Author: Chris James

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