Injury Forces Tapia Out of WEC Title Bout (Updated)


Manny Tapia weighs-in for WEC 32: Condit vs. Prater. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Update 4/15 10:00 AM: Sherdog.com reports that Tapia may have suffered a meniscal tear and is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery in the coming days. Tapia could likely be replaced by Pancrase veteran Yoshiro Maeda, who was agreed to come in as an injury replacement according to MMA Mania.

A knee injury suffered by undefeated bantamweight contender Manny Tapia has forced him to pull out of his scheduled title bout against current WEC champion Miguel Torres.

World Extreme Cagefighting announced the news on their official website earlier this evening.

The two were scheduled to clash at the organization’s next event in June. Tapia suffered the injury during a recent training session. There is currently no timetable for his return. A replacement opponent for Torres is expected to be announced shortly.

Tapia recently won a razor-close, split decision over Antonio Banuelos at a WEC show in February. The longtime King of the Cage veteran is currently riding a nine-fight winning streak and has yet to lose in his professional career.

Torres submitted then-champion Chase Beebe with a guillotine choke at the same event in February to claim the bantamweight belt. Like Tapia, Torres is also currently enjoying quite the winning streak - He has not lost since losing a unanimous decision to Ryan Ackerman in 2003, a span of 14 fights.

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