Miguel Torres (file photo) has lost sleep over the decision at
UFC 130. | Photo: Sherdog.com
The unanimous decision Miguel
Torres dropped to Demetrious
Johnson at UFC
130 has been a tough one to swallow.
“I haven’t been able to sleep,” Torres said during a June 3
Dog Show” interview. “I just keep replaying things in my
All three judges -- Dave Hagen, Glenn Trowbridge and Tony Weeks --
scored the fight 29-28 for Johnson.
“Demetrious did a good job. He was real tough,” Torres said. “I
just thought I was on offense the whole fight. I had him defending.
I thought I landed 100 percent of the strikes. … I don’t take
anything away from him. I just thought I did enough to secure a
victory, but the judges didn’t see it that way and it is what it
Torres said he knew he’d won the opening round. He thought the
second was close but that he deserved it on account of his active
guard. In the third, he swept Johnson and took full mount with
roughly two minutes left. His corner instructed him to keep
position and ride out the win.
“I was doing that,” Torres said, “and I started hearing people,
‘He’s just dry humping him, stand them up! He’s not doing
anything!’ When you’ve got a really short guy like that and you try
to throw elbows and try to hit him, he’s going to scramble to get
out. I started hearing these things, and I was like, ‘Man, I don’t
want to win another fight just by laying in the mount.’ … I went
for attacks. I went for it and I paid the price.”
Johnson eventually escaped to his feet and hit another takedown,
which might have swayed the judges. Overall, Torres feels the
officials gave the win to the fighter on top rather than the
fighter who was attacking the most. He explained that coach Firas
Zahabi had warned him along those lines.
“My trainer, Firas, wanted me to hold position more and not attack
submissions so much because going into it, we knew he was a good
scrambler and he’s really short, has short limbs and a short,
stocky neck,” Torres said. “I wanted to attack. I wanted to put on
a show for the fans. I didn’t want to lay on the guy and not do
anything. Maybe in hindsight I should have done that.”
Plenty of what-ifs have swirled through Torres’ mind since the
loss. Now he wants to get back in the cage as soon as possible, and
it sounds like he’ll change his approach for the next fight.
“It was frustrating, but like I said, I know what to do for my next
fight,” Torres said. “People might not like it. It might be a
little boring, but the biggest thing is to secure a win however I
can. If that means laying on somebody or just holding them down,
it’s going to have to be that way.”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 1:00:08).