When Strikeforce welterweight Roger Bowling enters the cage on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey to take on Brandon Saling, he’ll have two goals in mind.

First, win the fight. Second, do so in impressive fashion.

“I’m looking to come in and put his head into the first row,” Bowling told The MMA Corner. “I don’t like not being able to sleep at night because I couldn’t finish my opponent.”

Bowling, who possesses a standout record of 10-2, will hold the advantage in several areas when action begins in a few short days.

However, according to Bowling, several isn’t the word to use.

According to the “Relentless” Ohio native, he’ll hold the advantage in every aspect of bout.

Roger Bowling (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

“He’s a fairly new name and he’s a brawler. But, I always think I have the advantage over my opponent, especially him. My punches are more clean and he doesn’t throw kicks that I’ve seen,” said Bowling. “If he does, they’re sloppy.”

“I don’t want to get into a ball and a slip fest because that turns it into anyone’s game. I always look for the finish. My previous record shows that I’m a finisher. If he’s giving me problems or I’m in danger of getting hit on my feet, then I’ll take him down and submit him or pound him out,” said Bowling.

While Bowling is certain his hand will be raised when all is said and done in their welterweight showdown, the future of Strikeforce remains up in the air.

But Bowling shows no reason for concern as he’s content with fighting with the competition his organization has to offer.

“I’m down for whatever,” said Bowling. “If Strikeforce is going to hang around then I’ll keep fighting here, but if the UFC comes and gets us then I’ll go there too. Right now I think I’m one of the top guys here at Strikeforce. We have a lot of guys that I’d like to fight here.

“But like I said, I’m down for whatever. I can fight with a lot of the guys in the UFC. I would love to fight a guy like Thiago Alves. He’s fought a lot more than I have, but that’s a fight I’d love to take. I think I could fight with him, Charlie Brenneman, any of those guys.”

However, it hasn’t always been sunshines and rainbows for Bowling, as he recently contemplated a drop to the lightweight division following his loss to Bobby Voelker in the pair’s trilogy.

After meeting with his dietitian, Bowling opted out of a drop to 155 as his focus remains on climbing the welterweight rankings, one fight at a time.

“There was a lot I said after my second loss to Bobby. I went to see my dietitian a week after the fight and I was already back up to 193 pounds. I have so much muscle mass,” said Bowling. “I’ve worked out my entire life and I was pretty poor so all I did was work out.

Roger Bowling (top) works on the ground (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

“That was my time to myself and there was a group of older guys that guided me along and I always wanted to be one of those muscular guys. So, I guess I’ve done it too much. A drop to lightweight isn’t out of question, but it’s not something I want to do right now. I’ve fought some huge welterweights but I never felt there was anyone stronger than me. I felt I could throw the guys around as much as I wanted.”

While Bowling’s back has been against the wall more than once, he’s never been alone. Instead, Bowling credits a large portion of his success to his best friend TJ Ball, whom he considers to be a brother.

“I owe a lot of my success to one of my closest friends and I call him my brother, TJ Ball. He also fights as well, but he’s a little bigger than I am. He’s always been there for me. He comes out to every single one of my fights. I always fly him out and he’s there. We work out everyday together. If I’m doing it, he’s doing it. If he’s doing it, I’m doing it,” said Bowling.

“It’s nice having someone like that in my life.”

Top Photo: Roger Bowling (R) connects with a right hand (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)