by Ricardo Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com

Former World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight title
challenger Manny Tapia will return to action at WEC 40 in Chicago as he takes
on former Shooto lightweight champion Akitoshi Tamura.


Tapia is coming off an unsuccessful bid to for the WEC
bantamweight championship, being stopped by current champ Miguel Torres by strikes
at WEC 37. The loss to Torres was Tapia’s first of his career. He’ll look to
get back to his familiar winning ways at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.


Tamura made his promotional debut at WEC 37, where was
choked out by former IFL featherweight champion Wagnney Fabiano late in the
fight. He will be dropping down to bantamweight for the first time in his
career, as he looks for his first win on American soil.


Also confirmed for WEC 40 is a clash of featherweights as
American Top Team fighter Rafael Dias faces off with Midwest wrestling standout
Cole Province. Both fighters came out on the losing end in their WEC debuts.
Dias was stopped by Danny Castillo by strikes at WEC 36. Province lost a
decision to Brazilian Diego Nunes at WEC 37.


The WEC 40 main event features Miguel Torres defending his bantamweight
title against undefeated No. 1 contender Brian Bowles.


40 FIGHT CARD (Includes rumored bouts)