Scheduled for UFC 139 on November 19, “The California Kid” Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles are slated to fight at Bantamweight in a contest likely to have title implications for the winner, according to Dana White.
“Before a possible trilogy can be considered between Urijah Faber and his rival, Champion Dominick Cruz, he will take on one of the division’s truly elite fighters, former bantamweight champion Brian Bowles,” said White. “A win over Faber would be massive for Bowles’ bid to challenge for the belt that was once his. The stakes are high and the fight will be intense.” (Quote coming from Yahoo!Sports/MMA Weekly)
Fighting in front of a familiar, Nor Cal crowd in San Jose, Faber (25-5) will look to jump back onto the proverbial horse after coming up short in a tightly-contested rematch against current 135-pound champion Dominick Cruz. The world watched on as Faber rocked the champion several times on the feet throughout their five round meeting, but the champion’s defensive footwork, high volume of strikes, and slight advantage in grappling ultimately sent Faber home empty-handed. Faber is now one 1-and-1 against the champion Cruz, and he knows the trilogy could come to pass with a win over his next opponent, Brian Bowles. Faber, a former featherweight champion, recently moved down a weight class, and he has fit right in, looking impressive in all three bantamweight fights thus far, despite the decision loss.
Bowles (10-1), a native of Charleston, West Virginia, has won two straight fights since surrendering the title to Cruz at WEC 47 last year after a doctor stopped the fight in the second frame, when Bowles was revealed to have suffered a broken hand. Bowles went on to submit Damacio Page in Bowles’ UFC debut, following up that impressive victory by decisioning Takeya Mizugaki at the recent UFC 132. Bowles has been a fan-favorite since finishing Miguel Torres in the first round via punches to usurp the 135-pound crown two years ago, and this fight will prove to be an effective showcase for both of these aggressive contenders.
Two of the most prominent fighters of the now-absorbed WEC promotion, these men once separated by divisional lines, will help solidify a card that may bring about the return of the UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez in a mega fight against heavy-handed Junior Dos Santos. This will be the UFC’s debut in San Jose when the promotion heads to the HP Pavilion, a facility often used to house Strikeforce events.