“To my family, friends, and true students, I miss you guys and am coming home in a week. The choices I have to make to become a world champion again comes at an extremely high expense. I know what must be done to take care of my family, students, business, and employees. When I was fighting in local events in small shows it was easy to just train in my own gym. The game has changed so much, every fight team has a gym of 40 full time fighters who live and train full time and are always in the gym, do not work, do not go to school, or diss training cause of their girlfriends. I have had to raise the stakes immensely to achieve a lifelong accomplishment. This message is just to clear my mind so I can prepare for my fight next week. If one can’t appreciate what it costs physically, mentally, emotionally, or even monetarily to do what I do at the highest level then they can stop coming to my gym. If you ever even get close to where I am, you might understand where I am coming from. Everyone makes choices for a reason, I have a real opportunity at being the best in the world, not just taking a chance or going for a long shot … I never claimed to be perfect, a god, a millionaire, or claim to have all the answers in life, but I do know about hard work, mma, martial arts, fighting, and getting shit done. To everyone who supports me, my gym, my career, thank you and I love you guys. Trust me that I miss my gym family as much as my family at home and my friends. It hurts to be away and not be able to sleep cause you are worried about everything that is going on. I saddens me that this is what it has come to but in life we all chose our own paths. Miss you guys, see everyone in a week when I come home. Osu.”
In a pretty lengthy facebook.com post, former WEC bantamweight champion, Miguel Torres tells his supporters exactly what he is going through both physically and mentally in the lead up to his UFC 139 undercard bout with Nick Pace.
At one point in time, this former champion was considered one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world. While holding a tight grip on the WEC’s bantamweight title he held an official MMA record of 36-1.
However, once the rest of the division caught up to him skill wise it has been a tough road back to the top for the former champion. After running into a brick wall named Brian Bowles at WEC 42 to take his first defeat in six years Torres took on up and comer Joseph Benavidez in an attempt to get back to the top and prove he still belonged. That attempt failed in the first frame of action and he lost all hopes of title contention fromt hat point forward.
Bouncing back in his next two outings, Torres was last seen in a back and forth decision loss to former title challenger “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. The loss snapped his two-fight win streak and forced him on an untelevised preliminary bout this weekend against Nick Pace.
Will putting his entire life aside to focus on a training camp yield the results Torres is looking for, or has the former champs best days passed him by?
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