UFC 139 Results: 3 Fights to Get Brian Bowles Back on Track
Facing fellow former WEC champion Urijah Faber, Bowles was hoping to win in order to have a rematch with current UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, who took his WEC crown in 2010.
Faber proved to be too much for Bowles, cinching a guillotine choke less than two minutes into the second round.
Now having to start from scratch in order to obtain his shot at UFC gold, Bowles will have to get back to his winning ways if he wants the belt.
Here are three fights that would get Bowles back on track.
Facing former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres on the preliminary card of last night's event, Nick Pace lost a decisive battle with Torres to extend his losing streak to two straight fights.
Now on the brink of the dreaded three-fight losing streak, Pace would provide a great matchup for a Bowles looking to get back on track.
Both fighters are coming off losses to high-profile former champions, losing in lackluster fashion.
The only question entering this potential bout would be if Pace can make weight, as he's missed weight in two of his three UFC bouts, including last night's UFC 139.
Alex Soto made his UFC debut last night but fared even worse than Bowles, getting knocked out by Michael McDonald in just 56 seconds.
The now 6-1-1 bantamweight suffered his first professional defeat at the hands of the 20-year old phenom and should be itching for another chance inside the Octagon.
For Bowles, this would be a great tune-up fight to get himself back in the winning mindset. Soto has yet to face a big-name opponent, giving Bowles the experience edge to take the potential fight.
The best potential bout out there for Bowles is against Demetrious Johnson.
Johnson is fresh off a hard-fought battle with Dominick Cruz, a disappointing unanimous-decision title loss.
For Bowles, this fight is great because both men will be coming off losses to highly touted former champions.
Stylistically, Bowles will have the edge in the stand-up, utilizing his reach to keep the fast-paced Johnson at bay.