Miguel Torres (fighter)
|Born||Miguel Angel Torres
January 18, 1981
East Chicago, Indiana, United States
|Residence||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)|
|Reach||76 in (193 cm)|
|Fighting out of||East Chicago, Indiana, United States|
|Team||Torres Martial Arts Academy
Jaco Hybrid Training Center (Blackzilians)
|Rank||black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Years active||2000 – present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Miguel Angel Torres (born January 18, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist. He is a former WEC Bantamweight Champion. Prior to fighting with the WEC, Torres also held the bantamweight title for the US Shooto organization, as well as for the Ironheart Crown. Torres specializes primarily in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and also possesses a potent Muay Thai striking arsenal. Torres received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Carlson Gracie, Jr in September 2008.
Mixed martial arts career 
For a number of years Torres fought primarily in small, unsanctioned events held in Northwest Indiana nightclubs and bars. As a result, much of his early fighting career is undocumented. Prior to signing with the WEC, he fought often on Chicago-area shows, including the Total Fight Challenge and the Ironheart Crown. He held the bantamweight title in both of these organizations for several years and his participation in those events is well documented.
After fighting for several years, Torres sought guidance and training under Carlson Gracie, Senior. As a trainer of many world champions, Gracie immediately recognized Torres's talent and took him on a trip to Brazil where he would publicly issue a challenge to the entire world. Long before Torres gained fame in the WEC, Gracie believed that no one could beat him at 135 pounds.
Torres received several offers to fight overseas in Brazil and Japan after the challenge was issued. Because these offers were not lucrative enough to face the tougher competition, he turned them down and continued to fight locally instead.
World Extreme Cagefighting 
His first fight with the WEC came on September 5, 2007 against Jeff Bedard. Torres submitted Bedard in the first round with a triangle choke and then would go on to publicly request a title shot.
Torres would get one for his next fight and at WEC 32 he fought Chase Beebe for the WEC Bantamweight Championship. Torres displayed great striking and an equally impressive ground game and submitted Beebe in the first round to become the new undisputed champion at 135.
Following his victory over Beebe, Torres successfully defended his title with back-to-back TKO victories; one over Yoshiro Maeda in an exciting war and the other over the previously-undefeated Manny Tapia. It capped off a 2008 where Torres earned Breakthrough Fighter of the Year honors from Sherdog.com. 
Torres was next expected to face Brian Bowles in the main event of WEC 40 on April 5, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. However, Bowles injured and replaced by newcomer Takeya Mizugaki. Torres defeated Mizugaki by unanimous decision to retain his belt. Mizugaki seemingly surprised Torres with his proficient boxing skills and solid takedown defense, stuffing many attempts from the champion. Torres showed his prowess with striking, finding a home for his muay thai knees in the challenger's midsection, whilst showing better accuracy with his boxing. Both fighters displayed great heart in a competitive bout where Torres’ standup skills proved too much for his opponent.
Bowles was ringside at WEC 40 and was called out by Torres after his five-round bout with Mizugaki. The fight headlined WEC 42 on August 9, 2009 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Torres started out strong, but he rushed Bowles wildly, resulting in Torres being knocked out in a huge upset. The loss snapped Torres' streak of 17 consecutive victories and marked his first loss at 135 lbs.
Ultimate Fighting Championship 
Torres was expected to face Brad Pickett on May 28, 2011 at UFC 130. However, Pickett was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Demetrious Johnson. Torres lost to Johnson via unanimous decision (29–28 on all cards). While taken down early in the first round, Torres controlled the first round, but in rounds 2 and 3 was outstruck and controlled on the ground, and Johnson earned the victory.
On December 8, 2011, it was announced by UFC president Dana White, in an interview with SI.com, that Torres had been cut from the UFC due to the following quote from the TV show Workaholics made on Torres' Twitter page:"If a rape van was called a surprise van more women wouldn't mind going for rides in them. Everyone likes surprises."
On December 28, 2011, it was announced by Dana White after the UFC 141 press conference that Miguel was back in the UFC. Regarding Torres' return, White stated that "Torres handled his business like a man and no one told him to do it."
World Series of Fighting 
On September 6, 2012, it was announced that Torres was one of many fighters to sign on with new MMA Promotion the WSOF.
Torres owns and operates a mixed martial arts academy in Hammond, Indiana where he teaches nearly 200 students. Among these students are several up and coming fighters whom he trains to fight in the same local shows that he once competed in himself. The academy specializes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
An article on Yahoo! discussed Torres' commitment to MMA, stating that before fights he sleeps and eats in his gym While Torres was essentially his own self-coach and ran his own training camps over the duration of his career, after his loss to Brian Bowles, Torres stated that he planned to revamp his training methods by working with several professional coaches, including Mark DellaGrotte.
Personal life 
Miguel Torres is married. His daughter was born in 2007.
Many fans have discussed the evolution of Torres' hairstyle; Torres stated in an interview that he adopted his iconic mullet from his father. Torres went on to say that, his father's mullet "is much more awesome than mine" and that the mullet "is a Mexican thing."
Torres was first introduced to martial arts at nine years old (although he had taken Tae-Kwon-Do lessons for a couple of years before that) when his father bought him a pair of boxing gloves for his birthday.
Championships and awards 
Mixed martial arts 
- World Extreme Cagefighting
- Breakthrough Fighter of the Year (2008)
Mixed martial arts record 
|Professional record breakdown|
|46 matches||40 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||40–6||Marlon Moraes||Decision (split)||World Series of Fighting 1: Arlovski vs. Cole||November 3, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||40–5||Michael McDonald||KO (punches)||UFC 145||April 21, 2012||1||3:18||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||40–4||Nick Pace||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 139||November 19, 2011||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States||Catchweight bout as Pace weighed in at 141lbs.|
|Loss||39–4||Demetrious Johnson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 130||May 28, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||39–3||Antonio Banuelos||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 126||February 5, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||38–3||Charlie Valencia||Submission (rear naked choke)||WEC 51||September 30, 2010||2||2:25||Broomfield, Colorado, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Loss||37–3||Joseph Benavidez||Submission (guillotine choke)||WEC 47||March 6, 2010||2||2:57||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||37–2||Brian Bowles||KO (punches)||WEC 42||August 9, 2009||1||3:57||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost the WEC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||37–1||Takeya Mizugaki||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 40||April 5, 2009||5||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States||Defended WEC Bantamweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||36–1||Manny Tapia||TKO (punches and elbows)||WEC 37||December 3, 2008||2||3:04||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Defended the WEC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||35–1||Yoshiro Maeda||TKO (doctor stoppage)||WEC 34||June 1, 2008||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States||Defended the WEC Bantamweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||34–1||Chase Beebe||Submission (guillotine choke)||WEC 32||February 13, 2008||1||3:59||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States||Won the WEC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||33–1||Jeff Bedard||Submission (triangle choke)||WEC 30||September 5, 2007||1||2:30||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||32–1||Darius Turcinskas||Submission (rear naked choke)||IMMAC 2: Attack||April 21, 2007||2||0:57||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||31–1||Charles Wilson||Submission (triangle choke)||Total Fight Challenge 7||February 10, 2007||3||1:29||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||30–1||Bobby Gamboa||Submission (rear naked choke)||AFC 19||September 9, 2006||1||2:52||Boca Raton, Florida, United States|
|Win||29–1||Derek Collins||TKO (punches)||Total Fight Challenge 6||May 5, 2006||1||2:32||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||28–1||Richard Nancoo||TKO (punches)||IHC 10: Tempest||April 29, 2006||2||N/A||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||27–1||Joe Pearson||Submission (triangle choke)||Total Fight Challenge 5||February 18, 2006||1||0:28||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||26–1||Ryan Ackerman||Submission (armbar)||IHC 9: Purgatory||November 19, 2005||1||4:45||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||25–1||Dan Swift||Decision (unanimous)||Total Fight Challenge 3||May 21, 2005||3||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||24–1||Mike French||Submission (triangle choke)||Superbrawl 40||April 30, 2005||2||2:44||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||23–1||Jim Bruketta||Submission (triangle choke)||Total Fight Challenge 2||February 19, 2005||2||2:08||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||22–1||Alex Khanbabian||Submission (armbar)||IHC 8: Ethereal||November 20, 2004||1||1:01||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||21–1||Mustafa Hussaini||TKO (punches)||IHC 7: The Crucible||June 5, 2004||3||1:24||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||20–1||Ryan Ackerman||Decision (unanimous)||IHC 6: Inferno||November 22, 2003||3||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||20–0||Lindsey Durlacher||Decision (unanimous)||IHC 4: Armageddon||May 18, 2002||3||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||19–0||Brian Szohr||Submission (triangle choke)||TCC: Battle of the Badges||April 13, 2002||1||3:36||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||18–0||Craig Williamson||Submission (triangle choke)||TCC: Battle of the Badges||April 13, 2002||1||2:45||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||17–0||Steve Reyna||TKO (doctor stoppage)||IHC 3: Exodus||November 10, 2001||1||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||16–0||Nick Mitchell||Decision (unanimous)||IHC 3: Exodus||November 10, 2001||2||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||15–0||Danny Long||KO (punches)||Total Combat Challenge||September 29, 2001||1||N/A||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||14–0||Patrick Rodriguez||Submission||Finke's FCC||April 30, 2001||2||1:41||Highland, Indiana, United States|
|Win||13–0||Josh Mason||Submission (punches)||Cage Rage 2||April 14, 2001||2||N/A||Kokomo, Indiana, United States|
|Win||12–0||Mark Jaromillo||Submission (armbar)||Finke's FCC||March 26, 2001||2||2:40||Highland, Indiana, United States|
|Win||11–0||David Odle||Submission (punches)||Finke's FCC||February 26, 2001||1||2:05||Highland, Indiana, United States|
|Win||10–0||Danny Alexander||Submission (rear naked choke)||Finke's FCC||January 29, 2001||1||0:58||Highland, Indiana, United States|
|Win||9–0||Jesse Gudenschwagger||TKO (doctor stoppage)||MMA Invitational 4||November 18, 2000||2||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||8–0||Chad Bratton||Decision (unanimous)||Extreme Shootfighting||September 30, 2000||1||15:00||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||7–0||Ricky Olson||Decision (unanimous)||Extreme Shootfighting||September 30, 2000||1||15:00||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||6–0||Cory Merriman||Submission (punches)||Extreme Shootfighting||September 30, 2000||1||1:27||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||5–0||Dan Caesar||Submission (punches)||Finke's FCC||August 28, 2000||1||4:30||Highland, Indiana, United States|
|Win||4–0||Kris Kramer||Submission (triangle choke)||Finke's FCC||July 28, 2000||1||3:00||Highland, Indiana, United States|
|Win||3–0||Michael Reyna||Submission (punches)||Finke's FCC||May 22, 2000||1||1:22||Highland, Indiana, United States|
|Win||2–0||Dan Caesar||Submission (guillotine choke)||Finke's FCC||April 24, 2000||1||4:09||Highland, Indiana, United States|
|Win||1–0||Larry Pulliam||TKO (punches)||Finke's FCC||March 27, 2000||1||0:10||Highland, Indiana, United States|
- "Event – WEC: Bowles vs. Cruz". wec.tv. December 19, 2009.
- "Miguel Torres vs. Joseph Benavidez set for WEC 47, likely to determine No. 1 contender". mmajunkie.com. December 31, 2009.
- "Miguel Torres to Face Charlie Valencia in WEC 51 Co-Main Event". mmafighting.com. September 7, 2010.
- "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010.
- "Miguel Torres Takes on Antonio Banuelos at UFC 126". heavy.com. November 4, 2010.
- "Miguel Torres announces he's been offered and accepted a fight with Brad Pickett at UFC 130". mmaweekly.com. February 11, 2011.
- "UFC 130: Miguel Torres vs Demetrious Johnson booked with Brad Pickett injured". mmamania.com. April 21, 2011.
- "UFC 130 results: Miguel Torres vs Demetrious Johnson ends in controversy; did the judges cageside monitors help?". mmamania.com. May 29, 2011.
- "Nick Pace says he's fighting Miguel Torres at UFC 139 in November". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-09-22.
- "Dana White responds to Rashad Evans, Miguel Torres insensitive comments". SI.com. December 9, 2011.
- "UFC 145: Miguel Torres vs Michael McDonald fight announced". mmamania.com. January 20, 2012.
- Matt Erickson (August 21, 2012). "Former champ Miguel Torres released by UFC, signs with Titan for Nov. 2 home debut". Text "publisher-MMAjunkie.com" ignored (help)
- "Torres Signs with the WSOF". Retrieved 2012-09-06.
- Miguel Torres talks mullets, sacrifice and daughters
- "Miguel Torres:"Brian Bowles Just Woke Up a Sleeping Giant"". Fight Hype. August 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
- Official UFC Profile
- Torres Martial Arts: Miguel Torres's academy in Hammond, Indiana
- World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC): Torres's current fighting organization
- Ironheart Crown: One of Torres's earliest fighting organizations
- Professional MMA record for Miguel Torres (fighter) from Sherdog
|3rd WEC Bantamweight Champion
February 13, 2008 – August 9, 2009