Brian BowlesThe UFC may not be scheduled to go to Columbus next year for The Arnold Sports Festival, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a mixed martial arts event for fitness buffs to attend.

According to MMA Junkie, Zuffa is planning to hold WEC 47 on March 6 to coincide with the festival. A bantamweight title fight between the champ Brian Bowles and Dominick Cruz is expected to headline. ( has learned from sources close to the organization that Bowles and Cruz have verbally agreed to meet at the as-yet-unannounced “WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz” event on March 6 in Columbus, Ohio.

Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.

An official announcement is expected soon.