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 about legacy.”
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 Michael McDonald.
“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 Marlon 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).