by MMAWeekly.com Staff
World Extreme Cagefighting on Thursday officially announced its return to Las Vegas. WEC 42, at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, will feature a main event pitting current bantamweight champion Miguel Torrez in defense of his title against Brian Bowles. A supporting bout with feature Jeff Curran facing Takaya Mizugaki in another 135-pound divisional bout.
Torres and Bowles were originally slated to face each other at WEC 40 on April 5 in Chicago. That was before Bowles has to bow out due to a back injury. Torres instead faced Mizugaki in what turned out to be an instant fight of the year candidate, defending his belt with a tough five-round unanimous decision victory.
Having won all five of his WEC bouts thus far and ranked No. 1 in the world at bantamweight, Torres is once again scheduled to defend against the No. 2 ranked Bowles.
Undefeated in seven tries overall and 4-0 in the WEC, Bowles has quickly risen to the top of the heap of challengers to Torres’ title. He has mowed down such opposition as Charlie Valencia, Marcos Galvao, Damacio Page, and Will Ribeiro to get there, never once going to a decision.
Mizugaki was on a five-fight winning streak prior to his loss to Torres, but that loss didn’t hurt him much either. In fact, he put on such a strong performance against Torres; it actually raised his profile in the United States.
Curran came back to the WEC in late 2007 looking to make his mark with the promotion as it shifted its focus to the lighter weight classes. He was successful in his initial return bout against Stephen Ledbetter, but hasn’t been able to maintain momentum with the upper echelon of the promotion. He has been on a three-fight skid, dropping bouts to Urijah Faber, Mike Thomas Brown, and Joseph Benavidez.
At this point in his career, Curran realizes he needs a win to get back on track. After the loss to Benavidez at WEC 40, he told the media, “I need to regroup, start realizing what’s next for me in this sport. I’m not going anywhere, I was born to do this, I love training and I love fighting, but I need to get on track.”