by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com

Miguel Torres will have a new opponent for his April 5 title
defense at WEC 40 in Chicago, as MMAWeekly.com has confirmed that Brian Bowles
has been forced out of the bout with an undisclosed injury.  Stepping in to replace him is No.
6 ranked bantamweight Takeya Mizugaki
, who is expected to sign a five-fight
deal with the WEC, Torres being his first opponent.


The news was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by multiple sources
close to the fight on Wednesday.


Mizugaki makes not only his WEC debut, but also his debut in
the United States with an impressive resume of fights on the worldwide
stage.  The Japanese based fighter
has won his last five fights while competing in the GCM Cage Force series. He
spent the biggest part of his career with the Shooto organization.


Mizugaki brings a very stiff challenge to the table for
Torres, who is riding a 16-fight win streak, his last two wins serving as
successful title defenses after taking the belt from Chase Beebe in February


The fight between Torres and Mizugaki will headline WEC 40, the
promotion’s first trip to the Windy City, which will also feature another
bantamweight showdown between Jeff Curran and Joseph Benavidez.


40 FIGHT CARD (includes rumored bouts)