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UFC 132: Faber Vs. Cruz Media Call With Urijah Faber, Dominick Cruz, Wanderlei Silva And Chris Leben

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Chris Leben Is Candid, Wanderlei Silva Loves Money And Other Notes From The UFC 132 Media Call

We'll have a longer write-up here at SB Nation MMA tomorrow, but this was easily the best UFC conference call since Diego Sanchez poured his heart out on the media call for UFC on Versus 3. Sanchez, at that time preparing for Martin Kampmann, told of losing hundreds of thousands of dollars to people whom he naively assumed were close confidants, improper training he worked through under Saulo Ribeiro after feeling marginalized at Greg Jackson's and his ultimate return to Jackson's thereby coming full circle in his life.

Today's call with Chris Leben was similar. The UFC middleweight's comments didn't carry the weight of true career reformation that Sanchez's carried, but they expressed a degree of vulnerability uncommon among fighters. Leben spoke of improperly preparing for Brian Stann at UFC 125, actively disliking fighting, sincere admiration for his foe and much more.

Many fighters simply do not grasp that what often moves the needle within the media is a demonstration of humanity at both ends of our complicated emotional sectrum. We, and fighters more particularly, are alone, afraid, unsure, confident, determined, remorseful, merciless, exhausted and eager. When fighters share their experiences covering the entire swathe of the human experience, it makes for far more compelling content.

There's much more to the call than Leben's contributions. Silva was forthcoming about his layoff and Cruz and Faber's natural rivalry emerged as well. We'll get to all that and more in subsequent posts.

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UFC 132: Faber Vs. Cruz Media Call With Urijah Faber, Dominick Cruz, Wanderlei Silva And Chris Leben

Join SB Nation MMA today at 2 p.m. ET as we live-tweet the UFC 132: Faber vs. Cruz media conference call with UFC bantamweights Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber as well as UFC middleweights Wanderlei Silva and Chris Leben. Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@SBNationMMA) as well as Luke Thomas (@MMANation) for live updates. After the call is over we'll be sure to post the audio and breakdown the statements of each fighter, what they mean, how they should be interpreted and more.

In the main event of UFC 132, bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz faces off against long-time rival and former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber. Middleweight sluggers Wanderlei Silva and Chris Leben square off in the co-main event and former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz looks to hang on to his career as he faces former cast member of Spike TV's 'The Ultimate Fighter' Ryan Bader.

The UFC 132 fight card is as follows:

Dominick Cruz vs Urijah Faber
Wanderlei Silva vs Chris Leben
Ryan Bader vs Tito Ortiz
Carlos Condit vs Dong Hyun Kim
Matt Wiman vs Dennis Siver

Preliminary card:

Melvin Guillard vs Shane Roller
Rafael dos Anjos vs George Sotiropoulos
Brian Bowles vs Takeya Mizugaki
Aaron Simpson vs Brad Tavares
Anthony Njokuani vs Andre Winner

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