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Dominick Cruz Draws Demetrious Johnson for Next Title Defense; Faber vs. Bowles Slated for November

(Two prom dates? Oh man, how’s Dominick gonna get himself out of *this* one?!)

According to a new MMAJunkie report, reigning bantamweight kingpin Dominick Cruz will make his fourth title defense at UFC on Versus 6, October 1st at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. His challenger will be Demetrious Johnson, the AMC Pankration product whose current four-fight win streak includes decision victories over MMA legend Norifumi Yamamoto and former 135-pound WEC champ Miguel Torres.

Cruz is coming off his ninth consecutive victory, a unanimous decision against old rival Urijah Faber in a Fight of the Night performance at UFC 132. In the aftermath of that classic bang-up, fans wondered if the UFC would schedule an immediate trilogy match between the two. Instead, Faber’s next opponent will be another contender with vengeance on his mind…

The UFC has confirmed that a bantamweight feature between Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles is scheduled for UFC 139 (November 19th, San Jose), with the winner likely scoring a title shot.

Said Dana White: “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. 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.”

Bowles has won two straight since losing his belt to Cruz at WEC 47 in March 2010. Following his unanimous decision win over Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 132, Bowles felt he’d done enough to rematch Cruz for the title. Not quite, it seems. But if he can take out Faber, he’ll certainly be the next in line. Any predictions on these two matchups?

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KidDinomite- July 22, 2011 at 10:05 am
I don't think Cruz gets the respect he deserves. Dude is very humble in interviews and seems like a cool guy. I love watching his fights too. He always puts on exciting matches whenever he's in the cage. Yeah, he hasn't had a knockout finish but i think with more time and training we'll see him knocking fools out. But if you watch all his fights, he is actively trying to finish at all times. The second fight between Cruz and Benavidez is a classic.
Fried Taco- July 22, 2011 at 8:56 am
And who is Miguel fighting? Man, I wish we had the Miguel Torres of old back. Too bad CP banned it.
Pen Fifteen- July 22, 2011 at 8:47 am
The guy has never appeared on the main card of a PPV and is now getting a title shot? Even if he were deserving of this matchup, which he isn't, it's terrible booking on the part of the UFC. Why am I supposed to give a shit about a guy who everyone knows lost should have lost his last fight? Maybe they're hoping to provide highlight fodder for Cruz?
topdog- July 22, 2011 at 8:20 am
This shot should of gone to Miguel Torres who clearly outworked Mighty Mouse in there last fight. But the judging screwed him. And I hope Faber doesnt get another shot he will never hold UFC gold as much as DW and co. would like him to.
Tim Sylvia 1 P4P EVA- July 22, 2011 at 8:06 am
FighterX- July 22, 2011 at 7:57 am
Cruz is going to have a hard time dancing his way in this fight....Faber still a threat has more skills than Bowles...For Faber to win a cruz rematch has to KO him...I look 4 Demetrious to out work Cruz...