World Extreme Cagefighting on Monday announced that bantamweight contender Manny Tapia had to withdraw from his planned challenge to WEC champion Miguel Torres. The bout had been scheduled for the promotion’s June 1 event at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif.
The loss of Tapia also forced the changing of a bout between Damacio Page and Yoshiro Maeda, which had been announced earlier in the day. Maeda, the current featherweight King of Pancrase, has been tapped by the WEC to take Tapia’s place in the title bout. Torres confirmed the change of opponents on Tuesday to Sherdog.com.
Torres earned his title with a first round submission of then-champion Chase Beebe on Feb. 13 in Albuquerque, N.M.
Undefeated in his last five bouts, Maeda most recently defeated Charlie Valencia with a knockout kick to the body at the same event.
Tapia had also fought on the WEC 32 event in Albuquerque defeating Chuck Liddell protégé Antonio Banuelos in a hard fought split decision. In confirming his withdrawal from the bout with Torres, Tapia told MMAWeekly.com that the injury actually occurred prior to the bout with Banuelos.
“I messed my knee up three weeks before I fought Antonio. It was only bad for like two days,” said Tapia. “I started training for Miguel and my knee popped every day. Apparently my ACL wasn’t completely healed and I had a slightly torn meniscus.”
He expects to be out of action for the next three to four months.
Maeda will face Torres as part of the WEC 34 undercard supporting the June 1 title bout between current featherweight champion Urijah Faber and challenger Jens Pulver.