In more than 12 years of professional fighting, Miguel
Torres has had an accomplished career. He’s not nearly ready to
retire and reflect on it, though.
“I haven’t really accomplished what I set out to do yet,” Torres
told the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “I still have a lot of time
left, I believe, in my career. The fact that I’m training here at
Tri-Star and training a lot smarter now … for me, technically it
makes you a better fighter and it gives you more longevity in your
career. I’m picking up and learning a lot of skills and I’m still
putting my game together the way I want it to be. As far as being a
complete martial artist, I still think I have a long way to go. My
journey’s not over with. People -- they’ve asked me that question
before about legacy. I think in five or six more years we can talk
Still, Torres has experienced some major highs in the sport. Just a
few years ago he was the WEC’s bantamweight champion and ranked as
one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. He had mixed
success in the UFC, though, winning two of four fights. Torres was
cut by the promotion after making a controversial comment on
Twitter, then brought back and cut again after his April loss to
“I’m pretty sure that loss didn’t help, and the previous comment
that I had made didn’t help,” said Torres when asked why he was cut
the second time. “I’m not sure. The letter of termination that I
got said it was based on my last loss. I know they’ve got a ton of
new guys in the division now. I was told that hopefully a couple of
wins and I can get back in.”
Considering how long Torres has been fighting, it’s easy to forget
he’s only 31. He’ll look to get back on track Nov. 3 against
Moraes at the inaugural
World Series of Fighting event in Las Vegas. The undercard
streams live and free on Sherdog.com.
“Everything happens for a reason, and I’m focused on moving
forward,” Torres said. “World Series of Fighting is coming up
November 3 and it looks like a strong promotion. They’ve got a ton
of talent, and I’m going to be on the forefront.”
The show will air on the NBC Sports Network, which was once the
Versus channel that featured Torres in the WEC. In that way, he
considers it a homecoming of sorts, and he’ll be trying to deliver
a WEC-like performance against Moraes.
“Actually, I’ve trained with him before, so no surprises there,”
Torres said. “He knows my game and I know his game. I know standing
up he’s got great combos. He’s got real good muay Thai. He’s got
great anti-wrestling and his jiu-jitsu’s pretty slick. It’s going
to be a tough fight for sure. It’s going to be a real good fight. I
know he’s game and I know he thinks in his mind he can beat me.
That’s why I took the fight.”
Torres figures his opponent will be looking to make his name in the
fight, but he’s determined not to let that happen.
“I’m not expecting him to go for a takedown and try to submit me,”
Torres said. “I know he’s going to try to keep the fight standing.
It’s going to be one of those fights where you have to see who’s
going to control the pace, who’s going to control the distance and
who’s going to make first contact.”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 2:29:51).