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Saturday, 11/19/2011, 10:02 pm

UFC NEWS – UFC 139’s Urijah Faber earns trilogy fight with Dominick Cruz after dominant victory over Bowles


After a dominant second round submission victory over Brian Bowles, Urijah Faber set himself up for another shot at the bantamweight championship.

Faber and Bowles fought as part of the main card for UFC 139, which took place from HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. on pay-per-view.

The first round of action saw both Faber (26-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Bowles (10-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) trade strikes on the feet until “The California Kid” hit a big takedown and followed with ground and pound as the opening five-minutes came to an end.

However, it didn’t take long in the second round for Faber to find his groove as he landed a devastating right uppercut that signaled the end for Bowles.

Faber followed a badly hurt Bowles to the canvas where he nailed the former bantamweight champion with heavy punches and elbows from top position.

The barrage of strikes from Faber provided the opening he needed to secure the fight ending submission (guillotine choke).

The submission victory earns Faber a highly anticipated trilogy bout with rival and bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in 2012.

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