Urijah Faber booked another title fight with Dominick Cruz by putting in an impressive performance against Brian Bowles that ended with a guillotine choke submission at UFC 139 this evening.
The first round was a good one for Faber. He pushed the pace in the striking battle that lasted much of the opening five minutes and used his superior speed and movement to land more strikes than his opponent.
Later he did well to get past Bowles solid takedown defense by faking strikes and then swooping for his legs to get him on his back.
Bowles looked for a choke from his back, but realized he couldn’t finish it and quickly let go. Faber is looking to land some bombs from his guard, but Bowles does well to fend him off and avoid damage.
Onto round two and the two begin trading again with Bowles trying to come out of the blocks a little quicker this time around.
It’s Faber who gets the better of it though, with a right hand landing hard, sending Bowles stumbling backwards on unsteady legs.
Faber follows up with more punches against the fence and Bowles slumps to the mat. He’s still in the fight though and somehow musters the strength to attempt to stand only to be met with a big knee to the body by Faber, and then just a few moments later a vicious elbow to the head.
Bowles is close to being finished and Faber goes in for the guillotine choke, rolling into full mount in the process and forcing the tap with 1.27mins of the second round gone.
This was an excellent performance by Faber against another former champion in Bowles, and nicely sets up a third fight with current title holder Cruz in 2012.