Exclusive: Part Two of Our Interview with Miguel Torres
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Provided he gets by Moraes in November he may already have an opponent in place. Recent World Series of Fighting signee Tyson Nam is training as we speak and will be a part of the second card the organization puts on.
“I think he’s pretty tough, I’ve watched a lot of his tapes,” admitted Torres. “During his fight with Eduardo Dantas he was getting chased pretty hard and he clipped him and knocked him out. In this sport one punch can change everything and that put him on the map. I think he’s a dangerous opponent and I’m hoping to fight him in the future.”
After his release from the UFC, Titan Fighting Championships had announced they had signed Torres to compete for their promotion. The original fight has been canceled, but he has every intention of honoring his commitment to Titan.
“We have a great relationship, they let me out of the contract to fight for the WSOF,” Torres said. “I plan on fighting for them in January. Hopefully I don’t get hurt or break my hand. I plan on staying active and fighting more now that I’m not in the UFC.”
We asked Torres if he has heard about Pat Barry confronting an obnoxious fan this past Friday night at UFC on FX 5 in Minneapolis. After explaining to Torres what went down he told us about his own issues with pleasing the fans.
“My last fight I got knocked out and my game plan was to fight smart and be cautious,” Torres stated. “Everyone was talking about going out there and banging with McDonald and it got to me and I paid the price for it. You have to pick and choose your battles; the crowd is going to do whatever they want to do. A fighter needs to be smart and do what’s best for his career.”
Should Torres return to form and pick up a few solid wins it would seem only natural that the UFC would come calling. He would entertain that if and when it happens, but for now he is committed to the WSOF.
“I left on good terms, but right now I’m focused on WSOF,” admitted Torres. “I’m not with them to try and get back at the UFC. If I go back there in the future so be it, but I am solely focused on my fight for WSOF. My goal is to be the champion of any organization I fight for. I’m not looking at the future; I’m worried about taking care of my opponent and moving forward from there.”
With 45 career fights and so many more undocumented contests, Torres will be able to sit back when he retires and be proud of all that he has accomplished. There are two fights in particular that stick out in his mind.
“One of the crazier fights I had came against Takeya Mizugaki,” said the 31-year-old Torres. “It was in my hometown and I was doing a ton of PR for the fight. After the weigh-ins I was doing an autograph signing at a liquor store in the middle of the ghetto at 11:30 at night. I didn’t get into the gym until about 12:30-1:00am, it was crazy. I didn’t get much sleep and I remember being in the third round and hitting him with everything and he was taking it like it was nothing. I remember thinking to myself and being in disbelief over the stupid shit I was doing last night.”
“When I fought Manny Tapia I had planned on taking it to the ground, but after listening to him talk all that crap it allowed me to be more creative and keep the fight standing. Not a lot of guys talk a lot of crap these days, but when they do it makes me want to go out there and do some crazy things.”
One of Torres’ UFC losses came against current UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 130 in May of last year. The bout was very close and many felt it could’ve gone either way. Johnson was able to secure takedowns during all three rounds, but Torres was considered the busier fighter, scoring points off of his back. He looks forward to a time when the judges are better educated and fighters no longer have to sweat when awaiting the decision.
“In the future it’s going to change when fighters retire and become judges,” Torres explained. “Today fights go to decision and you think you know who won the fight and when they make the announcement it’s the complete opposite of what you thought. I thought with the sweeps and submission attempts I was ahead on rounds. After the fight was over and I heard the decision, I was at a loss for words, I had nothing to say. I can cry about it all that I want, but it’s not going to change anything.”