A new published report indicates that World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion Miguel Torres’ next title defense will come on Sunday, April 5 in Chicago, Ill. against number one contender Brian Bowles.
The news was first reported by MMAjunkie.com.
Torres is 35-1 and is the number one ranked bantamweight, according to the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts. The 29-year old East Chicago native last competed at WEC 37 in December, where he successfully defended his title vs. Manny Tapia after TKO’ing him at 3:04 of round 2.
Torres is 4-0 lifetime while competing under the WEC banner and has defeated Chase Beebe, Jeff Bedard, and Yoshiro Maeda in addition to Tapia. Outside of the WEC, Torres holds notable victories over Charles Wilson, Bobby Gamboa, and Joe Pearson.
Bowles trains out of the Hardcore Gym in Atlanta, Georgia and is a perfect 7-0 in a pro MMA career that began in 2006. After going 3-0 on the regional circuit, Bowles was picked up by the WEC and submitted Charlie Valencia at 2:50 of round 2 during his debut for the promotion at WEC 28 on June 3, 2007. Since defeating Valencia, Bowles has added wins over Marcos Galvao, Will Ribeiro, and Damacio Page to his resume.
In addition to Bowles vs. Torres, MMA Junkie is reporting that a co-main event on the show is expected to be added featuring Jeff Curran taking on Joseph Benavidez to determine a new number one contender for the bantamweight title.