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.