Bantamweight contender Brian Bowles has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled title shot against WEC champion Miguel Torres that was to headline WEC 40 on April 5th in Chicago after suffering a back injury during a Monday training session.
Bowles is expected to be sidelined for several months as a result of the injury. He’ll be replaced in the bout by 11-2-2 Shooto and Cage Force veteran Takeya Mizugaki.
Following a four-fight winless streak that saw him go 0-2-2, Mizugaki rebounded with a five-fight winning streak, including stoppages in his three most-recent bouts.
Regarded as one of the sport’s top pound-for-pound fighters, Torres captured the title with a first-round submission of Chase Beebe last February and has since successfully defended the belt against Yoshiro Maeda and Manny Tapia.