Newly-crowned WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles, who won the belt with a first-round knockout of previous title-holder Miguel Torres in the main event of Sunday’s WEC 42 event, suffered a broken left hand in the victory, but hopes to return in December, according to a Versus.com report:
Bowles’ manager, Andrew Beach, on Monday that the new WEC bantamweight champion broke his left hand at the very end of his fight against Torres.
Beach said that Bowles will visit a hand specialist in Atlanta on Tuesday. He added that the new 135-pound champion will not be able to use his left hand in training for approximately six-to-eight weeks, but will be able to do light grappling and cardio work sooner.
Bowles officially knocked Torres out with a series of left hands on the ground, and Beach confirmed that it was those punches which lead to the hand break.
As for when we should expect to see Bowles back in action, Beach said, “I know he would love to fight before the end of the year.
“If there’s a December card, I know he would like to fight on it.”
Though not yet confirmed, Bowles’ first title defense is expected to come against top 125-pound contender and fellow-WEC 42 winner Dominick Cruz, who topped Joseph Benavidez in the event’s co-headliner, though Torres, who had a 17-fight win streak snapped in the loss, could also be booked for an immediate rematch
Pictured: Brian Bowles punches Miguel Torres at WEC 42