by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
As the Buckeye state readies for a Rose Bowl on Friday, they will soon welcome World Extreme Cagefighting to the city of Columbus for the first time in March. A stellar bantamweight match-up was confirmed for the card, as former 135-pound champion Miguel Torres faces off against Joseph Benavidez in a potential No. 1 contender’s match.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Thursday.
Rumors had circled ever since the last WEC event that Benavidez or his friend and training partner Scott Jorgensen could end up being the match-up for Torres with both coming out on top with spectacular wins that night.
With Torres sitting cageside for commentary duties during the Benavidez vs. Rani Yahya match-up, the winner seemed likely to end up in the former champion’s crosshairs. That is exactly what ended up happening.
With a 3-1 record overall in the WEC, Benavidez gets the shot coming off of his first round knockout over Yahya. He faces a very determined Miguel Torres, who returns after the first loss on his record in almost six years after dropping his title to current champion Brian Bowles.
The bout will likely serve as the co-main event of the night behind Bowles who makes his first title defense that night against Dominick Cruz. Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming WEC 47 card as it becomes available.