Brian Bowles returns to the UFC after an extended layoff that lasted over a year and a half. He returns at UFC 160, which takes place in Las Vegas, N.V. on May 25, which is Memorial Day weekend. His opponent will be George Roop, who recently returned to the bantamweight division after a six-fight stint at 145 where he went 2-3-1. His return to 135 was successful, as he defeated Reuben Duran by decision.
Bowles joined the UFC in 2011 after the demise of the WEC, where he had been a champion. He did not fight the whole calendar year of 2012 but fought three times in 2011. He went 2-1 with his only loss coming to current top contender Urijah Faber by submission in the second round. That was considered a number one contender’s bout, but it looks like Bowles will have to rebuild his career since not very many outside of the hardcore fans still know who he is.
Another bout lined up for the same card comes at featherweight between two surging contenders in Dennis Bermudez and Max Holloway. Bermudez has righted his ship after losing out on the chance to become an Ultimate Fighter winner. He has won three straight fights, and the last was a potential “fight of the year” against Matt Grice. It was a back-and-forth battle where Bermudez came out the victor due to judges’ decision.
Holloway is also on a three-fight winning streak since his debut in the Octagon, which he lost to Dustin Poirier. In his last fight, he took out Leonard Garcia, and is one of the only people to win a split decision over him since Garcia is notorious for taking decisions whether he deserves them or not.