Top ranked contender Brian Bowles has been forced out of his fight against bantamweight champion Miguel Torres at WEC 40 due to an undisclosed injury.
Stepping into replace Bowles is Shooto veteran Takeya Mizugaki, who is expected to sign a five fight deal with the WEC, according to MMAWeekly.com.
Mizugaki (11-2-2) has fought primarily for Shooto until recently defecting to the GCM promotion based out of Japan. This will mark the first time Mizugaki will fight in the United States. He is currently riding a five fight winning streak.
Torres who is on a 16 fight win streak of his own will be fighting in front of his hometown fans in Chicago for the first time. He will be making his third title defense since he defeated Chase Beebe for the championship back in February of 2008. His latest fight saw him knockout previously undefeated Manny Tapia during the second round of their fight at WEC 37 in December.
WEC 40 will air live on the Versus Network on April 5 from Chicago, Illinois.