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Tapia Withdraws From WEC 34 Title Bout; Maeda To Be Named As Replacement


A knee injury suffered during training camp has forced top bantamweight contender Manny Tapia to withdraw from his June 1st title bout against WEC 135-pound champion Miguel Torres. There is no word as of yet as to how long Tapia will be sidelined, and a suitable replacement opponent for the newly crowned Torres will be announced shortly. The June 1st WEC card at Sacramento’s Arco Arena is headlined by the epic WEC featherweight championship showdown between Urijah Faber and Jens Pulver.

Though a replacement has not been officially confirmed, Yoshiro Maeda (23-4-2), who was originally set to face Damacio Page at the event, has reportedly signed on to face Torres (33-1) for the WEC Bantamweight Championship.

Maeda made his debut with the promotion at WEC 32 in February with a first round knockout of Charlie Valencia. Torres captured the bantamweight title at the same event with a first round submission of Chase Beebe.

For more on WEC 34 check out the rumors section.

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