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Miguel Torres Returns in April for Hometown Fight Against Brian Bowles

(Torres poses with victim Yoshiro Maeda after their epic battle last June. Photo courtesy of koolpaw.)

#1 bantamweight /#5 pound-for-pound fighter Miguel Torres will reportedly make his next title defense at WEC 40, which will be held April 5th in Chicago; the venue will be announced soon. Unsurprisingly, his opponent will be Brian Bowles (7-0, all wins by stoppage), who clinched his #1 contender status last month by choking out Will Ribeiro at WEC 37 — the same event where Torres retained his bantamweight strap by beating the tar out of Manny Tapia. Ferocious local support should be behind Torres, who lives and trains in East Chicago, Indiana, and made his name by competing in small shows in the area. WEC 40 will also feature another bantamweight match between undefeated Joseph Benavidez and Jeff Curran, who is dropping a weight class after taking consecutive losses at featherweight to Urijah Faber and Mike Brown. The winner of the Torres/Bowles fight will likely take on the winner of the Benavidez/Curran fight in a title scrap later this year.

Remember, WEC 38 goes down this Sunday, headlined by Varner/Cerrone and Faber/Pulver II, and WEC 39 is scheduled for March 1st, featuring Mike Brown vs. Leonard Garcia and Carlos Condit vs. Brock Larson.

In other important non-UFC matchup news…

— Highly regarded welterweights Nick Thompson and Paul Daley will headline MFC 20 at the River Cree Resort and Casino near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on February 20th. Thompson (the former BodogFight welterweight champion) and Daley (the former CageRage welterweight champion) made runs at EliteXC’s welterweight title last year, but were both submitted by Jake Shields.

— MMA old-schoolers Ken Shamrock and Tank Abbott will be fighting in separate bouts at WarGods/Ken Shamrock Productions’ "Valentine’s Eve Massacre" show on February 13th in Fresno, California, and could be facing each other in April. Shamrock’s opponent for "Massacre" will be Ross Clifton, a 360-pound super-heavyweight who has lost five of his last six bouts and is actually Dan Quinn’s roommate. Abbott will be taking on Mike Bourke, a King of the Cage mainstay who has gone 1-7 with one no-contest in his last nine bouts. The card also features Josh Haynes, Tonya Evinger, Jennifer Tate, Ashe Bowman, and Wesley "Cabbage" Correira.

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Neogetter02- January 24, 2009 at 5:06 pm
AHAHA miguel looks like ralph macchio in this pic
Anonymous- January 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm
haha faber vs. pulver again? it just makes a bigger loser out of the loser and does nothing for urijah. Also if jens upsets urijah he'd lose badly to mike brown OR leonard garcia.
just some dong- January 23, 2009 at 11:55 am
condit v larson again? uh... why?
Th3R3al3st- January 23, 2009 at 10:35 am
Border Patrol- 1 Torres/Maeda- 0
justin- January 23, 2009 at 10:17 am
They should change the February 13th card name from "Valentine's Eve Massacre" to "Has Been and Never Will Be"
B- January 23, 2009 at 8:55 am
Protip: If you see one like that...RUN!

Just kidding, dive right in!
Creamy CA Roll- January 23, 2009 at 8:48 am
Thanks to shitwhistle, I'm now in the mood for a tuna taco
Kadumel- January 23, 2009 at 8:32 am
You're a sick man Frank.
frank_the_tank- January 23, 2009 at 8:17 am
you mean a baby's vag?
Young, Hairy and Mexican- January 23, 2009 at 7:54 am
Awesome picture!
Anonymous- January 23, 2009 at 7:51 am
That MFC event looks awesome considering tickets are as low as 50 bucks a pop. Might have to make the three hour drive to check that out...
Jay Smith- January 23, 2009 at 7:45 am
I see Tank and Shamrock are fighting some real contenders.................
Red, White and Blue- January 23, 2009 at 7:15 am
The first comment is great!!
mayhem420- January 23, 2009 at 6:33 am
Here is the full card for that Shamrock show on Feb 13th.

Ross Clifton vs. Ken Shamrock
Tank Abbott vs. Mike Bourke
BJ Lacy vs. Kyacey Uscola
Mike Moreno vs Gary Padilla
Wesley “Cabbage” Correira vs. Buddy Roberts
Ashe Bowman vs Isaac De Jesus
Nathan James vs. Rick Reeves
Jen Babcock vs. Jennifer Tate
Tonya Evinger vs TBA
Zoila Frausto vs Karina Halliman
Darrin Freeman vs Tony Johnson
Josh Haynes vs Rafeal Del Rio

WEC 38 - I will DVR this just so I can watch Faber/Pulver 2
The first fight was awesome and I can only hope that this one is just as good.
Just hope that Pulver can pull this one out.
shitwhistle- January 23, 2009 at 6:31 am
Seriously though, Torres/Bowles should be a great fight, but I just don't see Torres losing anytime soon.

Also, I'm now hungry for a sushi burrito.
shitwhistle- January 23, 2009 at 6:27 am
If you turn your monitor sideways and look at Maeda's eye, it sort of looks like ... well..... although I've never ACTUALLY seen one... but I'm pretty sure.....