Lost in the shuffle of a busy fall season full of injuries is a bantamweight number one contender bout pitting former featherweight king Urijah Faber against former bantamweight champion Brian Bowles.
"The California Kid" thinks he can win the fight using his superior speed, strength and, most importantly, experience (via Sherdog):
"He's one of the world champions that not many people have heard of. For the fans it's not as big of a deal but for me, knowing how tough he is, I know it's going to be a good fight. ... He's fast but he's not as fast as I am. He's strong but I don't think he's as strong as I am. ... He's got great wrestling, he's got a lot of submissions -- mostly chokes, like myself -- but I think the creativity that I bring to the table and also the experience that I have is going to be the edge. And I gotta find a way to finish him because he's a hard guy to finish and I need to make a statement."
Indeed, Faber boasts 30 fights to Bowles 11, a staggering difference of 19 fights. That's an entire career's worth of action inside the cage.
Both men are attempting to work their way back to a bantamweight championship match-up against current division deity Dominick Cruz. Faber lost in his bid for the title at UFC 132 on July 2 while "The Dominator" is the man responsible for Bowles lone career defeat.
If we're to believe Faber, he'll be the one challenging for the 135-pound strap again thanks to his wily veteran instincts but is he underestimating his opponent? At 32-years-old, Faber isn't exactly a spry chicken anymore.
Experience vs. youth, Maniacs, which one is better?