Miguel Torres (file photo) has lost sleep over the decision at UFC 130. | Photo: Sherdog.com
“I haven’t been able to sleep,” Torres said during a June 3 “Savage Dog Show” interview. “I just keep replaying things in my mind.”
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 is.”
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).view original article >>
Marlon Moraes is headed to the UFC, but faced former WEC world champion Miguel Torres at the inaugural WSOF1 on November 3, 2012, in Las Vegas. read news >>
DALLAS – So far, Frankie Edgar’s dreams of winning belts in two divisions have been held up by Jose Aldo.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
Former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz believes that flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson would do great against the top of the 135-pound division. read news >>
If you still haven't figured out how to say Joanna Jedrzejczyk's name, it might be time to figure it out. The Polish striker successfully defended her title at UFC 211 with a unanimous-decision win o read news >>
It’s a common story among fighters for major mid-level promotions: One more win, and there’s a good chance I’m getting the call.Filed under: News read news >>
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson wanted 10 belts to commemorate each of his title defenses, and it appears he now has them. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>
DALLAS – After his “Fight of the Night” battle with Jim Miller at UFC 208 in February, Dustin Poirier had no intention of making a quick return to the octagon. But then the phone rang.Filed under: Ne read news >>
UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has shown time and time again that, when it comes to trash talk, Jon Jones’ troubled past with drugs is fair game. Did he just cross the line?Filed under read news >>
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has finally received all of his belts, and he's got photographic evidence to prove it. read news >>
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson did not mince words about Ronda Rousey when he was discussing how easy it is to lose in a sport like mixed martial arts. In an interview with Sports Illustra read news >>