by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
(Photo courtesy of Brian Bowles)

Brian Bowles on Saturday night lost the first defense of the WEC bantamweight championship he won from Miguel Torres last August. Dominick Cruz left Columbus, Ohio, with the belt when the fight was stopped after the second round due to an injury.

Bowles knew right away what the problem was.

“The first punch that I threw in the whole fight, I broke my hand. I knew it right then,” said the Georgian after the fight. “It just kind of threw me off. That started going through my mind instead of concentrating on fighting.”

The break was confirmed in the early hours of Sunday morning when Bowles made a trip to the hospital to get checked out.

“Broke hand again sorry to my fans and sponsors but I’ll b back the sign of a true champ is the come back,” Bowles posted on Twitter after the examination.

It’s unclear what’s next for Bowles, outside of taking some time off to rehab his right hand, but with Joseph Benavidez’s impressive submission of Torres on Saturday night, an immediate rematch isn’t likely to be in the cards.

“I’m sure I’ll have to fight somebody before I fight for the belt again,” Bowles assessed.