Miguel Torres's Blogs
Torres Wonders Whether Celebrating Could Have Convinced Judges
By: Sherdog.com Staff
Miguel Torres (Pictured), on “The Savage Dog Show,” discussing whether he should have been more enthusiastic to impress the judges after the third round of his fight against Demetrious Johnson:Read more
“I’m not a big [celebrator] after a fight where I scream and raise my hands. He did that right away when he got up. That’s not my style. I think maybe I should have did that. If the judges were in a deadlock on that third round or they didn’t know where to go, I think him doing that might have got him that third round. Maybe I should have screamed and picked up my hands too. It’s hard to say.”
Nobody Wins with Bouts like Johnson-Torres
By: Jason Probst
According to a Sherdog.com poll, most fans thought Miguel Torres won at UFC 130. | Photo: Dave Mandel
It is hard to say what I found more fascinating about the Demetrious Johnson-Miguel Torres matchup at UFC 130 on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas: the endlessly subtle moves and countermoves on the mat or the grim fact that nobody since Bas Rutten has won a distance fight spending most of it in the bottom position.
Johnson-Torres really could have gone either way, and the difference between them was negligible. However, with the bantamweight cupboard of future title challengers somewhat thin, lack of a clear-cut winner in this one hurts the division a little. It probably makes a rubber match between Urijah Faber and champion Dominick Cruz all the more likely after the two battle for Cruz’s belt July 2, should Cruz prevail.
The talented Joseph Benavidez has already lost twice to Cruz, but he and Johnson would make for an interesting match, provided Benavidez gets past the tough Eddie Wineland at UFC Live 5 on Aug. 14.
Torres’ defensive guard is a thing of brilliance, like a vintage Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. He stifles opponents by constantly threatening with submissions and sweeps, while consistently tying up every limb to make one wonder what he will have to defend against next.
It is also probable that if Johnson and Torres fought 10 times, most of them would go to a close and contested decision. Styles make fights, and they also make inconclusive ones. It is too bad this one did not produce a definitive winner, because Johnson and Torres are both talented bantamweights. Read more
UFC 126 ‘Silva vs. Belfort’ Analysis: The Main Card
By: Tim Leidecker
Jake Ellenberger (file photo) played it safe at UFC 126. | Sherdog.com
Below, an in-depth look at the five main card matches from Saturday’s UFC 126 card, including which fights are likely being made for the 10 participants in the near future.
Miguel Torres def. Antonio Banuelos -- Decision (Unanimous)
What happened: Not much. In a largely uneventful affair, former WEC bantamweight champion Torres used his 13-inch reach advantage to stay on the outside and land his jab over and over again. Banuelos, visibly respecting Torres’ ground game, did nothing to change levels and, thus, nothing to change the rhythm of the fight. The third round brought a little more urgency, but ultimately, this was a bout which did neither man any favors.
Forecast for Torres: With the winner of March’s Urijah Faber-Eddie Wineland clash apparently next in line for a shot at recuperating champion Dominick Cruz, Torres will need at least one more big win to earn a chance at reclaiming gold. Possible opponents include hard-hitting Brit Brad Pickett, former title challenger Scott Jorgensen, or, in the most intriguing battle, the winner of March’s Brian Bowles-Damacio Page contest. Ideally, both Cruz and Torres would fight on the same card in late spring or early summer. Read more
Making the Case for ‘TUF 13’ Coaches
By: Jake Rossen
Urijah Faber | Dave Mandel : Sherdog.com
There’s no better direct-delivery system to popularize fighters (or fights) than coaching slots on Spike’s five-year-old “Ultimate Fighter” franchise. 12 hours and three months of basic-cable promotion beats HBO’s “24/7” series in volume alone.
With a January start fast approaching, UFC’s Dana White told gathered media over the weekend that both Chael Sonnen/Wanderlei Silva and Urijah Faber/Miguel Torres were under consideration for the slots. From a television producer’s point of view, you want Sonnen: he guarantees good footage, clips, and manufactured melodrama. Silva is a good straight man, doing the slow burn in the background. It’d work.
Sonnen, who just got through a disclosure process for medically-approved testosterone, is still over the burner.Even if Sonnen were spotless, there’s a stronger case to be made for Faber and Torres getting a promotional engine behind them for the UFC’s introduction of lighter weight classes. There is still a vast audience in MMA who didn’t sample the WEC’s product and has little conception of the appeal of those divisions. Faber is already a celebrity, both have personalities, and recruiting bantam and featherweights would help get fans invested. Sonnen has many problems, but lack of self-promotion isn’t one of them. Haven’t the WEC guys waited long enough for exposure? Read more
Why The WEC Delivers
By: Jeff Sherwood
When was the last time you watched an MMA event that had six decisions, and you still came away feeling great about the show?Read more
Let’s take a closer look at WEC 51. Six decisions, two submissions (both chokes), one TKO and two huge knockouts. We witnessed two former WEC champs get back on the winning track: Miguel Torres and Mike Thomas Brown were very impressive in their victories. We saw the WEC featherweight champ defend his title for the second time in dominating fashion. The Hyped up Tie Quan Zhang came in and got the job done despite some concerns about his prior competition.
Let’s not forget the rematch that will become a rubber match -- which I would no doubt pay to see. (Actually, I would pay to see Donald Cerrone fight against anyone.)
That card has me pondering how the WEC seems to deliver with each of its shows. Here are my thoughts on why:
WEC 51 Postmortem: Eight not Enough for Aldo, Torres Revived
By: Jake Rossen
Jose Aldo file photo: Sherdog.com
Every time I see Jose Aldo perch himself on the top of the cage and perform a back-flip, I cringe.
It would be an incredible waste of ability to see the guy trip, fall, or land in a way that interrupts what’s becoming a very notable career. The commissions might want to consider fixing that, possibly by shooing offenders off with brooms.
Maybe Aldo is putting himself in a little bit of trouble with the acrobatics because he’s not getting too nervous in the fight itself. For the eighth consecutive time in the WEC, Aldo more or less made a meal out of an opponent, stunning Manny Gamburyan with an uppercut Thursday and then knocking him unconscious with ground and pound. Gamburyan had no chance of getting him down and failed to discover any tricks for getting inside Aldo’s range. Has the guy ever even been in radical trouble? If he has, it hasn’t been worth remembering.
Every time a dominant champion is established, the same question comes up: do audiences like seeing a man operating clearly above his competition, or do they grow bored if the suspense is leaking out of the bouts? Considering the purpose of titles is to find the best, it makes more sense that people would enjoy a clear and concise answer. Aldo is providing it.
The follow-up: when champions are this dominant, do they get too complacent? Anderson Silva, with 12 wins in the Octagon, has turned in several bizarre performances; Georges St. Pierre walked into a fight with Matt Serra giving him only the same respect fans did, which wasn’t much. If Aldo ever develops similar boredom, he’s vulnerable. If he insists on using the cage as a pommel horse, he might one day feel very stupid. Either way, Aldo’s biggest threat in the WEC’s featherweight division will probably remain himself. Read more
WEC 51 Primer
By: Jake Rossen
Jose Aldo (left) file photo: Dave Mandel | Sherdog.com
Watch mixed martial arts for any length of time and you’ll discover how dizzying its effects can be on your enthusiasm. A fight like Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic/Frank Mir, which dogged the weekend, can sink hearts; Thursday’s Jose Aldo/Manny Gamburyan match is likely to make everyone forget all about it.
Aldo is in that amazing physical and emotional space where he’s old enough to have power and skill but young enough to not realize he’s mortal. He’s fast, he’s aggressive, and his “strategy” consists of not appearing to have any strategy. He just moves and reacts faster than everyone he fights. One day, he’ll be defeated and his ego will leak. Until then, he’s not going to put on a bad show.
The same is true for the WEC itself, which is populated almost exclusively by fighters who can’t depend on overwhelming physical strength: that usually means a surplus of technique without the cage-clinching that’s becoming a significant part of big-guy MMA.
What:WEC 51, an 11-bout card from the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colo.
When: Thursday, Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. ET on Versus
Why You Should Care: Because Gamburyan is a fireplug with feet that’s done an incredible job since dropping to 145; because, dumb Twitter comments aside, Donald Cerrone and Jamie Varner bring out the best in one another; because Miguel Torres is trying to halt a recent career slide and hungry fighters usually equal exciting fighters; and because anything has to be better than Filipovic/Mir, including a loss of signal. Read more
Torres Awarded Key of East Chicago
By: Mike Fridley
Miguel Torres was honored with the “Key to the City” of East Chicago, Ind., in a Friday, June 4 ceremony.Read more
The 29-year-old former WEC bantamweight champion was born and raised in the city, and owns a facility in Northern Indiana that specializes in mentoring the area’s youth. City officials honored the Carlson Gracie protégé with “Miguel Angel Torres Day” for his “dedication to bettering the community.”
“It was truly an honor to be recognized by my hometown,” said Torres in a press release sent by the WEC. “East Chicago is a community filled with hard working people and I am proud to represent this city.”
Photo courtesy: The Times of Northwest Indiana
Torres a New Man Following Bowles Fight
Mir and Torres Head to Sityodtong
By: Jake Rossen
A week after Kenny Florian announced a semi-amicable parting of the ways with longtime mentor Mark DellaGrotte, the Boston-settled trainer told Fighter’s Only that he’s already moved on: DellaGrotte will be opening his doors to Frank Mir and Miguel Torres.
“I just picked up Frank Mir, he is going to be working with us,” he said. “I have a great relationship with Frank, he is going to be my new project. And Miguel Torres is coming to see us.”
New faces and bodies to resist training apathy is always a positive. (Unless you become a gym-hopping nomad. Then it’s bad.) Mir showed very good striking against Antonio Nogueira, and if he can continue to hone those skills, he might have opponents reconsidering their chances on the ground. (Mir trained with DellaGrotte prior to the second Lesnar fight, but didn’t remain upright long enough for it to matter much.) Read more