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Bowles out of WEC 40 title fight vs. Torres

Top ranked contender Brian Bowles has been forced out of his fight against bantamweight champion Miguel Torres at WEC 40 due to an undisclosed injury.

Stepping into replace Bowles is Shooto veteran Takeya Mizugaki, who is expected to sign a five fight deal with the WEC, according to MMAWeekly.com.

Mizugaki (11-2-2) has fought primarily for Shooto until recently defecting to the GCM promotion based out of Japan. This will mark the first time Mizugaki will fight in the United States. He is currently riding a five fight winning streak.

Torres who is on a 16 fight win streak of his own will be fighting in front of his hometown fans in Chicago for the first time. He will be making his third title defense since he defeated Chase Beebe for the championship back in February of 2008. His latest fight saw him knockout previously undefeated Manny Tapia during the second round of their fight at WEC 37 in December.

WEC 40 will air live on the Versus Network on April 5 from Chicago, Illinois.

5 COMMENTS
  • GetItOn says:

    Bringing someone in to fight for the title? There is already plenty of talent in the WEC to take Bowles’ place. Hopefully they considered their current roster of fighters first before going out and recruiting someone for a title shot.

  • KTru says:

    What a shame. Was looking forward to Bowles v Torres. Seems more and more fighters receive injuries leading up to their respective fights than ever before.

  • mu_shin says:

    Just read elsewhere that Bowles suffered a back injury, and had to withdraw. It’s really a shame, as this was going to be a great match up. Saw Bowles last two victories over Page and Ribeiro, and Miguel Torres is a major stud. His knockout victory over Manny Tapia was really strong.

    Not familiar with Mizugaki, but he better bring the “A” game against Miguel Torres. With an official record of 35-1, Torres claims 48 victories against one defeat. I’ve read some discussion of Torres as one of the top P4P fighters active today, and with a record like that, I don’t think you could argue against that.

    Wish quick healing to Bowles, and continued dominance to Torres.

  • Hohlraum says:

    Torres is a warrior. Torres doesn’t sleep, he waits.

  • JOe K. says:

    GOD DAMN IT!

    I dropped $400 on two front row tickets and I wanted to see this fight. I think Bowles is a great fighter and that would be a guarenteed war.

    I’m not sure about this Mizugaki I have never seen him, so I can’t say for sure but I don’t want to risk it.

    Although I had never heard of Yoshira Maeda until his fight of the century with Torres as well, so maybe I’ll get lucky.

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