Torres to Defend Against Bowles at WEC 40

Written by Tom Ngo
January 20th, 2009

About a month ago, WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres stated that he thought Brian Bowles was the division’s top contender and that he felt Bowles had earned the next crack at his title. Well it now appears that Torres was correct, as it is being reported that the two will square off for the WEC bantamweight title at WEC 40.

MMAjunkie.com has confirmed with sources close to the situation that Torres (35-1 MMA, 4-0 WEC) and undefeated challenger Brian Bowles (7-0 MMA, 4-0 WEC) have verbally agreed to meet in April in a WEC event that will likely be held in Chicago.

The 28-year-old Bowles has ended all four of his WEC bouts before the final bell, earning wins over Will Ribeiro, Damacio Page, Marcos Galvao and Charlie Valencia.

Although five of Bowles’ seven career victories have come via submission, it will be difficult to pull one over on the champion.

Torres is currently riding a 16-fight winning streak, and is a submission wizard in his own right.

He was crowned the first ever WEC bantamweight champion after he submitted Chase Beebe in February. He has since defended the title twice, with TKO wins over Yoshiro Maeda and most recently Manny Tapia at WEC 37 earlier this month.

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