Carlos Condit will battle Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 132. | Photo: Dave Mandel
Two rumored UFC 132 contests have been made official, as Brian Bowles will meet Takeya Mizugaki in a bantamweight showdown and Carlos Condit will lock horns with Dong Hyun Kim in welterweight clash.
Headlined by a bantamweight title rematch between one-time WEC featherweight king Urijah Faber and reigning UFC 135-pound champ Dominick Cruz, UFC 132 goes down July 2 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The card will also feature a trio of pivotal lightweight scraps, as George Sotiropoulos meets Evan Dunham, Dennis Siver takes on Matt Wiman and Melvin Guillard squares off with Shane Roller. Additionally, former UFC light heavyweight king Tito Ortiz will toe the line against “Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 winner Ryan Bader.
After beginning his career a perfect 8-0, culminating with his victory over Miguel Torres at WEC 42 to capture the promotion's bantamweight title in 2009, Bowles suffered the first defeat of his career in his very next fight, losing the title to current champion Cruz. Bowles then took a year off to allow an injury to heal and returned last month at UFC Live 3, choking out Damacio Page with a guillotine choke in the first round.
Mizugaki burst onto the scene at WEC 40, challenging Torres for the WEC title in his very first appearance inside the little blue cage. After dropping a competitive but unanimous decision to the champion, Mizugaki has racked up a record of 3-2 inside the WEC and UFC. Like Bowles, he most recently competed at UFC Live 3, earning a split decision over Reuben Duran on March 3.
Condit rides a three-fight winning streak heading into his showdown with Kim. The former WEC welterweight king has looked sharp in his transition to the UFC, losing only to Martin Kampmann since stepping into the Octagon. “The Natural Born Killer” was last seen knocking out Dan Hardy with a massive left hook at UFC 120 in October.
Known as “Stun Gun,” Kim has yet to taste defeat as a professional. Though he was defeated by Karo Parisyan in 2009, “The Heat” tested positive for pain killers following the bout and the result was changed to a no-contest. Kim owns a 5-0-1 record inside the Octagon and most recently bested Nate Diaz at UFC 125 in a controversial unanimous decision.