Trilogy. -- Photo via UFC.com
Urijah Faber turned a lot of heads with his very impressive win over Brian Bowles last night at UFC 139. The former long time featherweight kingpin looked much improved, and dominated both standing and on the ground as he finished off his opponent to earn a title shot to complete the trilogy with Dominick Cruz.
The third fight between the two best bantamweights in the world was mentioned in the PPV broadcast, and Dana White confirmed the news on the press conference, and hints on a few things as well:
"I think Urijah looked good tonight... We've got some ideas we were getting together tonight and talking about. We've got to talk to Urijah and Cruz first. Cruz just had hand surgery, so he's out for a little bit, but we have an idea. We have a plan."
When asked about a possible coaching slot at the revamped The Ultimate Fighter planned for the promotion's debut at FX, White didn't comment, but Faber was very much open to the idea. He also campaigned for the TUF 15 coaching gig when he spoke to Ariel Helwani after the bout:
I have no idea (if the UFC will want us coach TUF)... but I would be great for TV. Dominick, with his widow's peak which I called out -- I know he slaps gel on it, and shaves his arms, he'd be good for TV too.
The coaching slots would be great for giving the much deserved exposure to the lighter weight classes. Both guys would be great for TV, and they would definitely be excellent choices for the new 'Jive-live' format that the Ultimate Fighter will have for their 2012 FX debut.
The two fighters are 1-1 in against each other. Faber handed Cruz the only loss of his career when he defended his featherweight title back in 2007, while 'The Dominator' won the second outing after earning a close decision on UFC 132.