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
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.