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Bowling and Trujillo get rematch
The first fight between Roger Bowling and Abel Trujillo ended in controversy so now the two lightweight competitors will get the chance to do it all over again in December when they meet in a rematch at UFC on Fox 9 in Sacramento.
UFC officials confirmed the bout to Fox Sports on Tuesday.
The first fight was an exciting back and forth war through nine minutes of the contest, with Bowling and Trujillo exchanging huge punches, kicks and even surviving a submission attempt or two. The end of the fight came with time ticking down on the second round, however, after Trujillo uncorked two knee strikes in a row that appeared to land flush on Bowling's face.
As beautiful as the knockout may have seemed at the time, Bowling was actually planted on the mat, and knees are not allowed to land to the head of a downed opponent. Upon further review, the first knee strike looked like it hit Bowling in the body, but the second seemed to ricochet up and slam him in the head.
The replays were even somewhat unclear when slowed to a frame–by-frame motion, but regardless Bowling was unable to continue and the referee was forced to stop the bout. Due to the nature of the illegal strikes, the fight between Bowling and Trujillo was deemed a no contest.
Both fighters were visibly angry in the cage after the result with Bowling adamant that the knees were illegal, and that's why he was unable to continue while Trujillo contends that the knees landed to the body and not to the head, and the knockout was caused by a punch that clocked his opponent, rendering him unable to defend himself.
The easiest way to settle this score is to put them back in the Octagon together again, and so Bowling and Trujillo will rematch at UFC on Fox in Sacramento.
The UFC on Fox 9 card will feature several top names including the main event pitting lightweight champion Anthony Pettis against Josh Thomson, as well as local favorite Urijah Faber taking on Michael McDonald in a bantamweight showcase.