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Dana White confirms winner of Bowles vs. Faber gets next crack at championship

UFC President Dana White has put an end to speculation regarding the future of the bantamweight belt by publicly stating what many had already assumed would be true – the winner of the bout between Brian Bowles and Urijah Faber at UFC 139 will emerge as top contender to the division’s title. Bowles and Faber are both former champions under the Zuffa banner who are also widely considered among the top 135ers in MMA.

White’s confirmation came in a recent conversation with ESPN where he referred to Demetrious Johnson’s current streak and victory over Miguel Torres as reason for receiving an October shot at current champ Dominick Cruz rather than awarding the opportunity to Faber/Bowles.

Another aspect likely considered in the case of “The California Kid” was the fact he fought Cruz earlier this month at UFC 132, falling in the end by way of Unanimous Decision. Faber entered the match-up having won back-to-back fights since dropping down from featherweight and holds an overall record of 25-5 with wins over Eddie Wineland, Takeya Mizugaki, Jeff Curran, and in a 2007 clash with Cruz.

Bowles also saw action at the July 2 event, emerging with a victory over Mizugaki after submitting Damacio Page at UFC Live 3 in his previous pairing. Bowles is 10-1 with the only flaw on his record coming as the result of an injury stoppage after breaking his hand in a WEC title-fight with Cruz.

UFC 139 is scheduled for November 19 in San Jose. The only other officially announced bout involves middleweights Chris Weidman and Tom Lawlor, though a heavyweight headliner between champ Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos has been rumored for the show.


  • JabCrossHook says:

    In all seriousness why does Faber keep getting title shots so quickly? This is becoming less of a sport aspect in finding a challenger but which fighter is more popular….

    Same way Brock got fast tracked to the HW title and then showed the world he was pretty much unfit to be champ….

  • MickeyC says:

    face it some fights sell. Faber/GSP/Brock & now jones. They will bring in fans the way chuck & tito did years ago only bigger.they are easy to market & zuffa is making a killing.

  • MickeyC says:

    Same reason most of GSP’s fight are in Canada and most of Fabers in Cal. They fill seats.

  • Creature says:

    Agree with what everyone has said, but it also has to do with the division not being very deep yet, since Fabor is a well known name and is easily one of the top 5, hes the “perfect” choice. and if he beats bowls it will be hard to argue that hes not the number 2 guy. besides cruz/fabor 2 was an amazing and close fight

  • MCM says:

    Since defeating Pulver in June of ’08 (who was 1-2 in his last three), Faber lost the title to Mike Brown. Fought a 1-4 Pulver to earn a rematch against Brown for the title, lost. Fought Raphael Assuncao to earn yet another shot at the belt, lost again. Fought twice, earned a shot at a completely new title, lost yet again. And now has to fight just one more time before he gets yet another shot at a belt? Well if that ain’t some Randy Couture shit, I don’t know what is.
    Can I get an “Amen” from LOGIC and LP?

  • Dufresne says:

    I’m kinda perplexed why Faber keeps getting title shots too. Yeah he put on a hell of a fight with Cruz, but I’m a believer that you should have at least 2 fights in a division before you get a rematch. I know sometimes there’s just not enough talent in the division to really do that (like when Randy got his immediate title shot coming out of retirement, when Brock got a title shot after going 1-1 in the UFC, when Rampage got a title shot after going 1-1 in the UFC, etc…) but there are some talented fighters at 135 not named Bowles or Faber.

    I don’t have an issue with Bowles getting a title shot if he wins, he’ll be on a 3 fight win streak over some decent competition and will have earned a shot. But I can’t get behind a guy who’s currently 4-4 in his last 8 getting another go at the gold.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    You get one from me MCM. I think this is a pretty good fight though but realistically there is no way Faber dosent get the next title shot. If Faber wins he has it, if he loses Bowles will break one or both hands and be out for 6-8 months so Faber will step in and fight for the title again anyways. It is a classic win-win for Faber.

  • Creature says:

    Well MCM you have a point but you gotta remember he broke both his hands in the brown rematch and still made the fight interesting, and lost to jose aldo.. who doesnt lose to him? (even tho i have Kenflo beating him)


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