After their previous encounter ended in a controversial manner, the UFC has given Roger Bowling and Abel Trujillo another chance to settle the score. The lightweights are to set to rematch in December at UFC on Fox 9.
Their initial affair at UFC Fight Night 27 in Indianapolis was ended by a pair of brutal knees by Trujillo to Bowling as he was pinned against the fence. With the ruling that the knees were illegal, the fight was declared a no contest after a doctor concluded Bowling couldn’t continue.
UFC President Dana White didn’t agree with the final verdict as he awarded Trujillo his win bonus, believing that the strikes weren’t illegal and that he deserved the victory.
Bowling is in desperate need of a win in the December 14 rematch as he is winless in his last three fights. His only other appearance in the Octagon, besides the Trujillo bout, was a knockout defeat at the hands of Anthony Njokuani.
Bowling is probably best known for a trilogy of exciting fights with Bobby Voelker dating back to his days in Strikeforce. He’s amassed 11 victories in 16 career fights and usually comes to throw plenty of punches. Bowling does have seven knockouts to his credit.
Trujillo has had mixed results in his UFC tenure and will be looking to get a clean-cut victory over Bowling this time around. He made an impressive debut with a stoppage of Marcus LeVesseur, but was then dominated by current top-10 lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov, losing a three-round decision. He was taken down a whopping 21 times by the talented Russian in that fight.
It seems only fair that the UFC has decided to allow the fighters to write a new script in Sacramento after a disappointing conclusion to their prior matchup. It shapes up as a critical affair for both and should also be a fight that provides plenty of fireworks, if their first go-round is any indication.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports