Saturday night almost turned into a wash for Brian Bowles, who defeated Takeya Mizugaki via unanimous decision at UFC 132, but believed that he broke his right hand sometime during the fight.
Considering the past trouble that Bowles has had with the same hand, it looked like the former WEC bantamweight champ would be in for some extensive rehab. As it turns out, the 31-year-old West Virginian only superficially injured his mitt and will be able to return to action once his medical suspension is served.
Bowles was suspended until the end of the year pending the results of an X-ray and subsequent doctor’s clearance, otherwise he’ll be cleared to go full-bore in early August.
Bowles posted the good news to his Twitter account in a message that also contained a plea for a title shot.
“Hand is good,” Bowles wrote. “I want that title shot, I feel I deserve it, and I’m next in line.”
Bowles was relieved of the 135lbs. belt by current champion Dominick Cruz after breaking his right hand in the fight, forcing the doctor’s to call an end to things. Since then, he’s defeated Damacio Page and Mizugaki.