Earlier this week the UFC announced a major bantamweight fight between Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles, two former WEC champions, leading to speculation that the winner could be in line for a shot at the title.
Both men have unfinished business with current 135lb champion Dominick Cruz, with Faber recently having lost to him in the headline bout at UFC 132, putting them 1-1 against each other and leaving the door open for a trilogy fight, while Bowles lost the title to Cruz last year when he broke his hand early in their fight leading to a doctor’s stoppage.
Therefore it makes sense that the winner of this upcoming fight should go on for a rematch with the champ, and in an interview with ESPN UFC president Dana White confirms that is the plan.
“Both Urijah and Bowles lost to Cruz. The winner of their fight will earn a rematch,” White stated.
Of course Cruz also has to contend with Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson first as the two have been paired together in a title fight as the main event of UFC On Versus 6 in September. Faber vs Bowles then takes place at UFC 139 in November, so it’ll be 2012 before the winner gets the chance to battle Cruz once again.