Torres-Bowles to Headline WEC 40


World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion Miguel Torres will defend his crown against unbeaten challenger Brian Bowles at WEC 40 on April 5 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The WEC made the matchup official on Tuesday.

Torres (35-1), one of the sport’s most accomplished and revered competitors, will carry an incredible 16-fight winning streak into his third title defense. The 28-year-old East Chicago, Ind., native last competed in December when he throttled the previously undefeated Manny Tapia at WEC 37, burying the Californian under a second-round barrage of punches and elbows. Torres has finished his last 11 opponents -- six of them inside one round -- and has not tasted defeat in more than five years.

A professional for only three years, Bowles (7-0) has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the 135-pound charts. The 28-year-old West Virginia native burst on the scene in 2007 with wins against former King of the Cage lightweight champion Charlie Valencia and world-ranked bantamweight Marcos Galvao. Based out of the American Top Team-affiliated Hardcore Gym in Athens, Ga., Bowles solidified his standing as the top contender to Torres’ throne with a submission victory against talented Brazilian Will Ribeiro at WEC 37. He has never gone the distance as a professional.

Meanwhile, former featherweight title challenger Jeff Curran will make his long-awaited debut at 135 pounds when he meets the fast-rising Joseph Benavidez at WEC 40.

A polished Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Curran (29-10-1) has dropped back-to-back fights to the world’s top two featherweights -- Mike Thomas Brown and Urijah Faber -- and has not competed since June. The 31-year-old holds victories against former International Fight League featherweight champion Wagnney Fabiano, Rafael Assuncao and Antonio Carvalho, among others. Curran has secured more than half (18) of his 29 career wins by submission.

Benavidez (9-0), a Faber protégé, made a successful promotional debut at WEC 37, though he was taken the distance for the first time in a unanimous decision victory against Danny Martinez. Still only 24, the Dream veteran cut his teeth inside the Warrior Cup and Palace Fighting Championship promotions. Six of his nine wins have come by submission.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is scheduled to defend her title against Cat Zigano on Feb. 28, and Bethe Correia is hoping to get a shot at the UFC star read news >>

  • 11 days ago
  • 0 views

Lion Fight women’s welterweight champion Jorina Baars will defend her title against Casey Bohrman in the main event on Lion Fight 20 on Feb. 20. read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 149 views

The former UFC Bantamweight champion will have to regain a shot at the title after having weight issues. Renan Barao admitted that he was his own worst enimy during the process of weight cutting. The read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 892 views

LAS VEGAS - UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has mastered the art of the staredown. Rousey, has trained with the Diaz brothers, can mean-mug with the best of them, which was on display read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 9 views

In the biggest win of his wrestling career, Aaron Pico beat 2013 freestyle world champion David Safaryan at the Henri Deglane challenge in Nice, France. Pico recently signed with Bellator. Only a wee read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey delves into the Reebok uniform deal and explains the part she played. read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 15 views

Coming off of an injury and expecting to be back in the cage early next year, Cris “Cyborg” Justino has scrapped plans to drop to bantamweight for her next fight. read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 views

Bantamweight Cody Bollinger has been released by World Series of Fighting. read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 0 views

Watch the UFC 181 Fight Club Q&A featuring bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw streaming live on Friday from Las Vegas at 5 p.m. ET. read news >>

Jump to: