Urijah Faber was the face of the WEC before the organization was folded into the UFC. Now, “The California Kid” hopes to take care of Brian Bowles this Saturday night at UFC 139 and secure himself another shot at UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz.
Faber and Cruz are 1-1 against each other, with “The Dominator” having claimed a decision earlier this year. Faber had won two straight, with his lone losses since 2005 coming in championship matches to the likes of Cruz, Jose Aldo, and Mike Brown.
Bowles, meanwhile, is 10-1 with his lone career loss coming via doctor’s stoppage to Cruz in 2010 for the WEC bantamweight title.
“I think I am a little bit faster and a little more elusive and can be more creative in there. I know I will probably frustrate him a bit. I know Brian Bowles, he is a buddy, he is also a tough guy that doesn’t say much, no bark and a big bite,” said Faber, in a recent interview with ABC News. “Not many people know who he is, but they’ll know when we have this fight how tough he is and how tough I am and I am looking to make statement.”
UFC 139 features a main event pitting Dan Henderson against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and takes place this Saturday from San Jose, California on pay-per-view. Faber-Bowles will be part of the main card, as well match-ups like Rick Story vs. Martin Kampmann and Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le.
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