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WEC bantamweight contender Brian Bowles has reportedly withdrawn from his scheduled championship bout against Miguel Angel Torres at WEC 40 on April 5 after suffering a severe back injury during a recent training session.
His replacement will be top-ranked Japanese bantamweight Takeya Mizugaki according to Sherdog.com, which reports that the matchup has been agreed to and the paperwork will be finalized shortly. The Shooto and GCM veteran has also reportedly been offered a five-fight deal with the WEC.
Mizugaki will come into his bout against Torres riding a five-fight winning streak. He was last in action at a GCM event on December 6, earning a second-roung TKO victory over Masahiro Oishi. Mizugaki also owns a career win over veteran Tetsu Suzuki and has drawn with undefeated sensation Masakatsu Ueda.
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