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Jul 6, 2011
Dominick Cruz has plenty to smile about after UFC 132. | Photo: Dave Mandel/

To say that June 26 did not go as planned for a number of world-ranked fighters would be a massive understatement.

That day, at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center, former UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt did not make his expected welterweight debut against Rick Story at UFC Live 4. Instead, Marquardt found himself ejected from the UFC due to elevated levels of testosterone, and Charlie Brenneman stepped into the opportunity of a lifetime. As foretold by the tattoo on his lower back, Brenneman seized the day and stopped the six-fight winning streak of Story in a unanimous decision, propelling "The Spaniard" into this edition of's welterweight rankings.

At the same event, ex-lightweight Tyson Griffin returned to 145 pounds for the first time in nearly six years and vaulted directly into the featherweight Top 10 with a unanimous nod over Manny Gamburyan.

Not upset was reigning UFC 135-pound king Dominick Cruz, who erased the memory of his only loss on July 2 with a five-round decision win over nemesis Urijah Faber. Likewise, former Sengoku featherweight champ Marlon Sandro held tight in the 145-pound division by outpointing Genair da Silva on June 25 and advancing to the semifinals of Bellator's Summer Series featherweight tournament.

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