Bader-Brilz, Bonnar-Kingsbury Set for UFC 139 in San Jose

By Mike Whitman Aug 23, 2011
The UFC announced Tuesday a pair of light heavyweight additions to UFC 139, as Ryan Bader meets Jason Brilz while Stephan Bonnar locks horns with Kyle Kingsbury.

Headlined by a heavyweight title confrontation between champion Cain Velasquez and surging challenger Junior dos Santos, UFC 139 goes down Nov. 19 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The show will also feature a bantamweight showdown between two of the world's best, as former WEC champions Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles collide. Additionally, welterweight contenders Martin Kampmann and Rick Story will meet, as will middleweight wrestlers Tom Lawlor and Chris Weidman.

After navigating the first three years of his professional career -- including five UFC appearances -- without a loss, Bader has tasted defeat in each of his last two outings. “Darth” first fell to future champion Jon Jones at UFC 126 in February, succumbing to a top-side guillotine choke early in the second round.

Bader was then submitted by Tito Ortiz with a variation of the same maneuver, as the veteran cracked the 28-year-old with a right hand and then slapped on an arm-in guillotine to seal the deal just under two minutes into their UFC 132 clash.

Like Bader, Brilz also rides back-to-back defeats heading into UFC 139. The 36-year-old suffered his first clear-cut UFC loss in his most recent outing, falling by knockout in just 20 seconds to Vladimir Matyushenko in April.

Prior to that devastating defeat at UFC 129, Brilz had posted a 3-2 record in the UFC, with both his losses coming by way of contentious split decision to Eliot Marshall and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, respectively.

A finalist on the first season of “Ultimate Fighter,” Bonnar has competed 13 times for the world's largest promotion. Most recently, the 34-year-old strung together two victories to close out 2010, snapping a three-fight losing skid.

Last July “The American Psycho” avenged a controversial loss to Krzysztof Soszynski and followed that victory with a clear-cut decision over Igor Pokrajac at the “TUF 12” finale in December.

Like his opponent, Kingsbury is also a “TUF” alum, competing on the show's eighth season and losing a unanimous decision to Tom Lawlor at the live finale. Since that 2008 defeat, “Kingsbu” has won four-straight bouts, outpointing Razak Al-Hassan and Jared Hamman before knocking out Ricardo Romero at UFC 126 this February.

The 29-year-old's last Octagon appearance took place at the “TUF 13” finale in June, as Kingsbury earned a hard-fought unanimous nod over hard-punching Brazilian Fabio Maldonado.


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