Brian Bowles, the man who ended East Chicago native Miguel Torres' 17-fight winning streak earlier this month, will be honored by the Atlanta Braves, World Extreme Cagefighting announced Wednesday.
Bowles, who stunned the mixed martial arts world with a first-round knockout of Torres to claim the WEC bantamweight title, will be handling the "Play Ball!" duties for the Braves prior to their home game at Turner Field on Aug. 25.
Bowles is the third WEC star to be honored by his local baseball team in recent months. Torres was scheduled to throw out the first pitch for the White Sox in May, but the game was rained out; he threw out the first ball on July 23 prior to Mark Buehrle's historic perfect game at U.S. Cellular Field. And former featherweight champ Urijah Faber threw out first pitches for both the Oakland A's and Stockton Ports minor league team.
Bowles, a Braves fan, trains at Hardcore Gym in nearby Athens, Ga.
"It is an honor that my favorite team wants to have me out to the ballpark," Bowles said. "The Braves have a long history of being a world-class organization. I'm excited to bring the WEC belt to Turner Field."
Bowles broke his left hand in the win over Torres and is medically suspended until early 2010 unless cleared earlier by doctors.