Urijah Faber has proven himself the rightful next contender to Dominick Cruz’s bantamweight championship, having steamrolled former belt-holder Brian Bowles tonight in San Jose.
The California Kid took the momentum early, holding an edge on the feet in speed, timing and power. Bowles wasn’t quite out of his league, but Faber was on a mission and not to be denied. He beat Bowles wrestling, standing and in the transitions, taking the first round clearly, though Bowles was keeping things competitive.
Faber kept things rolling his way in the second round, stiffening Bowles up with an uppercut and planting him on the mat with a solid knee. From there, Faber swarmed Bowles, landing punches while trying to secure a dominant position. In the end, Faber’s pressure was too much for a wilting Bowles, who eventually succumbed to a guillotine choke delivered by the former WEC featherweight champion.
The end came at 1:27 into the second round.
The 32-year-old Faber improved his record to 26-5 and earned himself the next shot at UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz’s title, just one fight removed from losing to The Dominator by close decision.
Bowles falls to 10-2 in defeat, snapping a two-fight winning streak.
The two met at UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson tonight at the HP Pavilion.