Bowles Gets Faber: UFC 139
Brian Bowles, thought by many to be close to a title shot, found out just how close when UFC matchmakers scheduled him to face Urijah Faber at UFC 139 in November.
Many thought Faber won his match with current titleholder Dominick Cruz last month at UFC 133. He landed more power punches and seemed to be teeing up against the quick champion. Cruz did little damage, but kept active and did enough in the eyes of the judges to win the fight.
Truthfully, neither one did damage, as both are now scheduled for bouts this year, with Cruz facing Demetrius “Mighty Mouse” Johnson at UFC on Versus 6 this October.
Bowles has been impressive in the cage. He is coming off of a win against Takeya Mizugaki by unanimous decision—the first time Bowles has gone the distance, on the same UFC 133 card. He has more submission wins than knockouts/TKOs, but he remains the only man to knock out hard charging Miguel Angel Torres.
His only professional loss was against current champ Dominick Cruz at WEC 47, after Brian broke his hand with the first punch he threw. After that, Cruz dominated the stand-up, cutting Bowles over the eye and taking him down. Bowles didn’t come out for the third round, verbally submitting and giving up his belt.
There was concern in his fight against Mizugaki that he re-broke his hand, as he was seen shaking it out during the fight, something he did in the Cruz fight. Apparently, it wasn’t broken and he’ll be ready to get back into the Octagon™.
I think it’s fair to say he’s more than a little bit anxious to get back in the cage with Cruz. But first, he’ll have to deal with Urijah Faber, coming off of his own loss to Cruz, and no doubt looking to make a statement.
Beating Faber would put him right in line to face Cruz again, to avenge the loss. A loss to Faber and he could get thrown back into the muck of the division, having to fight his way back to a title shot.
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UPDATE: Dana White has told ESPN that the winner of this match gets title shot next. Probably on PPV.