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Bowles Out, Mizugaki In for WEC 40 Fight Against Miguel Torres

(Takeya Mizugaki vs. Daichi Fujiwara, 6/22/08. Fight starts at the 1:08 mark; Mizugaki’s in the white trunks. Videos of two more Mizugaki wins are after the jump.)

MMA Weekly reports that the WEC‘s #1 bantamweight contender Brian Bowles has suffered an "undisclosed injury" [update: it was a back injury suffered during a training session at ATT] and has been forced to pull out of his title scrap with #4 P4P fighter Miguel Torres at WEC 40 (April 5th, Chicago). It’s an incredibly tough break for the undefeated Bowles, but on the bright side, the WEC has managed to pull a very credible replacement directly out of their asses. Stepping in for Brian will be Takeya Mizugaki, an 11-2-2 veteran of Shooto and GCM Cage Force who’s on a five-fight win streak, and who MMA Weekly currently ranks as the #6 bantamweight in the world. Mizugaki is expected to sign a five-fight contract with the WEC.

Speaking of which: WEC 39 is this Sunday in Corpus Christi, and will be broadcast live on Versus. The card will feature the featherweight title fight between Mike Brown and Leonard Garcia, Jose Aldo vs. Chris Mickle in a featherweight contender match, and lightweight bouts between Bart Palaszewski and Ricardo Lamas, and Rob McCullough vs. Marcus Hicks.

(Mizugaki vs. Teriyuki Matsumoto, 11/6/05)

(Mizugaki vs. Takamaro Watari, 5/12/06)

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Insider- March 1, 2009 at 4:44 pm
Torres is on the take...he will go down and suffer a disappointing loss. Mark my the Jap BIG!!!
800 lb Gorrilla- March 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm
Torres is a punk. He got lucky and soon will suffer horrible defeats. Don't beleive the hype. This guy is a JOKE!!!
RECKLESS ROBOT- February 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm
lilpo0ts- February 25, 2009 at 9:46 pm
i think that title defense torres had with the other japanese guy, if he wouldnt have caught that jab to the eye socket and broken his orbital bone, the fight would have went differently. torres is a bad dude but he gets frustrated way too easily. this guy has a chance either way. i honestly think brian bowles would have taken the title away from him anyways. tough luck tho
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- February 25, 2009 at 8:55 pm
When's the Lionheart guy from the last post gonna fight one of these suckas? Lionheart vs. Miguel Torres!
just some dong- February 25, 2009 at 5:48 pm
Torres is a machine - wily jap is screwed. Looks like he gets put into some bad positions in that first clip but just powers out... good luck with that against Torres.

Pissed that Bowles is out. Not sure what the betting odds would have been but I'd have given him a solid chance at taking home the strap.

Garcia's a tough dude so I give him to round 4 before the TKO. But yeah... it'll come.
Jonny5's Baby Mama- February 25, 2009 at 5:37 pm
"Did anyone else" it looks like in that video Daichi might have already been KO before or even by the punch that sent his head bouncing off the cage and anything after just served to alter his fall trajectory. Win or lose Takeya Mizugaki should be an awesome to the WEC bantamweight division. Gotta give it to the guy stepping in on shortish notice to face Torres no matter what.
portland mma- February 25, 2009 at 5:01 pm
Are you fucking kidding me? Takeya Mizugaki sucks balls and Torres is going to kill him. I'm shocked he is the #6 bantam in the world when he has never really fought top level competition. You have a video of him beating Matsumoto who is 2-4-2 and hasn't fought since 2007 its really impressive.
Did anyone else- February 25, 2009 at 4:33 pm
Seem to think that Cage Force 7 fight looked fixed? The last punch Mizugaki lands looks like a glancing blow (a downward motion), yet Fukiwara's head rocks back like he was hit with an uppercut.
Zipper Head- February 25, 2009 at 3:45 pm
Torres is going to hammer this jelly head gook.
assymcghee- February 25, 2009 at 3:27 pm
Torres is bad ass as Mizugaki will quickly learn.
mayhem420- February 25, 2009 at 2:11 pm
Diffrent fighter same result.... Torres by TKO or SUB
Blaphtome- February 25, 2009 at 2:04 pm
Don't see anyone beating Torres right now and something tells me we will see a new featherweight champ in Leonard Garcia (Greg Jackson guy what can I say). Crap, soon this will be like LW boxing with a bunch of little big headed Mexican dudes kicking everyones ass. Cut your own grass puto!!
Anderson Silva who?- February 25, 2009 at 1:48 pm
I wonder when they are going to introduce the 125 division? I got Mike Brown 2nd round TKO!
Anderson Silva who?- February 25, 2009 at 1:47 pm
whoops should of read it all!
New York New York- February 25, 2009 at 1:46 pm
and by bad, he means fucking dangerous.
NeW jErSeY-nEw JeRsEy- February 25, 2009 at 1:31 pm
Torres is a bad dude.
beforeskin- February 25, 2009 at 1:28 pm
nope, there's gonna be an upset.
torres is going down!
Stevenah- February 25, 2009 at 1:27 pm
Doesn't matter. Torres is unstoppable.