MMAWeekly.com recently broke the news that WEC bantamweight Brian Bowles was forced from his title shot at WEC 40 with champ Miguel Torres. Rory Singer, owner of Hardcore Gym in Athens, Ga. and co-manager of Bowles, confirmed that a very recent back injury caused the withdrawal.
According to Singer, Bowles will need 3 weeks to a month to adequately recover from the injury, which he declined to elaborate on.
Singer said they would wait to see what the title picture looked like after the April 5 card in Chicago, but said he would need “2 or so months to get (Bowles) in shape for a 5-rounder.”
Since his pro debut in 2006, Bowles is undefeated in 7 appearances, and finished four of his WEC opponents en route to the title shot. The 28 year-old Athens native was unavailable for comment.