A planned WEC bantamweight title defense by Miguel Torres against Manny Tapia that had been scheduled to take place on June 1 in Sacramento, Calif. has been scrapped, according to the official website of the WEC.
Tapia was forced to pull out of the right after sustaining a knee injury during training. While the WEC has not officially announced a replacement, MMAMania.com has broken the news that Torres is now expected to defend his title against Yoshiro Maeda.
Torres has one of the most impressive records in MMA at 32-1 and won the WEC bantamweight title in just his second match for the promotion. He submitted incumbent champion Chase Beebe with a guillotine choke at 3:59 of round 1 during the WEC’s show in Albuquerque this past February.
Maeda, a veteran of Japanese-based promotions PRIDE, DEEP and Pancrase, also made his WEC debut on the same show. He recorded a first round knockout over Charlie Valencia after connecting with a vicious kick to the body.
The WEC’s June show in Sacramento will take place at the Arco Arena and will be headlined by WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber defending his title against former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver.