“The way that he beat Bowles, I think it warrants a title fight for him. That’s fine with me. I’ve got no problem. It was going to be him or Bowles, I knew that coming into that fight, and I was ready to take on either one of them. He beat somebody in the Top 5 of the division. That’s the first time he’s been matched up with someone in the Top 5 of the 135-pound division… I thought he looked good. He did exactly what he was supposed to do to be the No. 1 contender. He finished Bowles quickly and put a beating on him. I’m excited for the fight to come.”
— UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani talking about a rubber match with Urijah Faber
There’s been a lot of debate over whether or not Urijah Faber should get another title shot so soon after losing to Dominick Cruz earlier this year. On one hand, there really aren’t any other top contenders in the division to fight Cruz and even if there were, none of them are going to draw the same kind of attention that Urijah Faber will. But on the other, the Bowles victory was his first since losing to Cruz at UFC 132. Their fight was closer than some of the scorecards would lead you believe, but it wasn’t the kind of situation that warrants an immediate rematch like Shogun vs. Machida did. In any of the more established weight classes, Faber would likely need one or two more wins to get the title shot, but the fact of the matter is, he really is the best choice. They put on a great fight back in July and likely will again. Cruz seems to want it and it’s not like the UFC is snubbing anyone by giving it to Faber, so why the heck not?
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