I am a big opponent of immediate rematches in MMA for any decision other than a draw. Yet, I must admit that I became a bit of hypocrite after watching Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber tear it up at UFC 132. Unfortunately, there will be no immediate UFC rematch.
However, all is not lost. If both fighters win their next fight, the UFC has given fans that a trilogy would be in the cards for the UFC bantamweight stars. In the meantime, Dominick Cruz will have to get through Demetrious Johnson while the “California Kid” will have to get through Brian Bowles to make that trilogy happen.
“Two of the top bantamweights in the world will meet in one of the most intriguing bouts of 2011, as Urijah Faber takes on Brian Bowles. This verbally agreed to clash of former WEC champions will take place at UFC 139 in November.”
Dana White also confirmed on the website that Cruz vs. Faber 3 is on deck provided both guys win their fights.
“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 UFC President Dana 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.”
It is hard to get upset about seeing two great fights in favor of waiting to see the rematch most fans want to see. I would pick Cruz beating Johnson a lot faster than I would pick Faber beating Brian Bowles. Bowles vs. Cruz would be a fun rematch regardless, but I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to see another five rounds after the Fight of the Half-Year a few weeks ago.
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