Bantamweight contender Brian Bowles is likely to challenge 135-pound WEC title-holder Miguel Torres for his belt in August.
Bowles (7-0) was originally scheduled to meet Torres on Sunday in the WEC 40 headliner, but withdrew from the contest due to a back injury and was replaced by newcomer Takeya Mizugaki. With his back now healed and training resumed, Bowles announced following last night’s event that he expects to fight Torres in August at WEC 42.
Torres (37-1) topped Mizugaki via unanimous decision in a five round war on Sunday in Chicago and is likely to need some extra time to heal up from the beating he encountered. Bowles represents just the latest challenge for Torres, who has cemented his status as the top bantamweight in the world with five-straight WEC victories, including three title defense, and is now considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters.