Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves will honor recently crowned WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles next week during their game with the San Diego Padres, the WEC today announced.
Bowles, a Braves fans and native of Athens, Ga., recently dethroned the seemingly indestructible Miguel Torres to win the title at WEC 42.
Bowles, who will start the Aug. 25 game with "play ball!" duties, will also be at Turner Field to meet with fans.
"It is an honor that my favorite team wants to have me out to the ballpark," stated Bowles, who trains at the Hardcore Gym in Athens under the Singer brothers. "The Braves have a long history of being a world-class organization. I'm excited to bring the WEC belt to Turner Field."
The Braves-Padres game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET. Bowles will ceremoniously start the game at 7:09 p.m.
Bowles, who's now 8-0 following the first-round knockout in his recent title fight, joins other fighters such as Torres and Urijah Faber who recently have been honored by their local baseball teams. In fact, Torres threw out a ceremonial first pitch at the July 23 White Sox-Devil Ray game. That day Chicago pitcher Mark Buehrle made history by tossing just the 18th perfect game in MMA history.
That day Chicago pitcher Mark Buehrle made history by tossing just the 18th perfect game in [b]MMA[/b] history.
baseball history me thinks
CombatsportsofDEATH - Good for Bowles, but, damn, still sad Torres lost...
I am so very happy shut torres and his massive ego up....from what I have heard he is still asleep in the cage in vegas.
Crooklyn - Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
Must agree with this one.
Any publicity this Bowles gets only helps the sport.
Much of what the public sees is the whiny misguided idiots on the spike show.
We should call him the antidote to the TUF generation.
Bowles is all hard work and a class act.
Good stuff. At least I have Gardner to tell me these things.
ttt for the champ
Was Brian's first Pro fight at "Earthlink Live" in Atlanta?
I think he fought fellow UGer Hiza wearing the bright shorts that night.
Just curious I think it was, and I happened to stop in and watch those fights.
Like I said a class act, nice guy
Very cool...Bowles has always been one of my fave's ever since he came on the scene at WEC, I knew he was going to be a future champ. That, and him being a hometown boy
Can Bowles throw the ball all the way to home plate from the mound?
Nice!!! Brian deserves all that he has woked so hard for!!!!
Fuck the braves, but this is awesome.
But fuck the braves.
CJJScout - Can Bowles throw the ball all the way to home plate from the mound?
He is not throwing out the ball, he has "play ball" duties and some other things.
But bowles you to play baseball in school back in the day.
What? He should certainly throw out the ball, might get the braves back to the pennant!
He probably makes a mean 2nd base with those cat like reflexes.
This is the only way to bring a championship to Turner Field lol