UFC bantamweight Brian Bowles knows the California crowd will be booing on Saturday night when he enters the Octagon; he understands a good portion of the media and fans will pick against him when it comes to beating Urijah Faber at UFC 139. However, rather than worry about what others think, Bowles enjoys being overlooked as a force to be reckoned with.
At 10-1, Bowles’ only defeat came to Dominick Cruz in WEC after a broken hand forced the ringside physician to stop the fight, the very man he’ll face in a rematch if he’s able to get by Faber at this weekend’s event.
Bowles talked some about the way he’s handled the pressure of fighting “The California Kid” in San Jose, as well as why he’s fine with the focus being on Faber rather than himself.
“I really don’t get too nervous coming into a higher profile fight. I realize the situation I’m in. There’s more on the line here. There’s a lot more people watching and there’s a bigger spotlight on me. I realize it’s a bigger fight. Do I feel like I’m going to lose by getting more nervous or over-thinking it? No,” Bowles explained in an interview with the UFC’s website. “I’ve been in this situation before. I enjoy coming in as the underdog. Ever since I started fighting in the WEC everybody’s always counting me out as a loss. Every time they do that I come through and win. I kind of gotten used to that.”
Of course, Bowles’ confidence does not mean he hasn’t acknowledged the threat Faber presents with a 25-5 record, wins over some of the sport’s best, and a well-rounded skillset matched by elite conditioning.
“He doesn’t give up easy,” said Bowles of Faber. “He’ll fight you until the last second. It’s going to be a tough fight for me, one of the toughest of my career.”
Fans can catch Bowles vs. Faber as part of the PPV portion of UFC 139 starting at 9:00 PM EST. Other bouts set for the broadcast include Martin Kampmann vs. Rick Story, Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le, and headliners Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua.
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