Miguel Torres (fighter)
|Miguel Angel Torres|
|Born||Miguel Angel Torres
January 18, 1981
East Chicago, Indiana, United States
|Residence||Griffith, 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)|
|Style||Gracie jiu-jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai|
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 a Mexican-American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the World Series of Fighting's Bantamweight division. He is a former WEC Bantamweight Champion and has also formerly competed for the UFC and Ironheart Crown. Torres received his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu from Carlson Gracie Jr. in September 2008.
Torres was born and raised East Chicago, Indiana. He began Tae Kwon Do when he was seven years old and later attended East Chicago Central High School where he competed in wrestling. Torres also trained in boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Mixed martial arts career
For a number of years Torres fought primarily in small, unsanctioned events held in nightclubs and bars. As a result, much of his early fighting career is undocumented. Prior to signing with the WEC, he fought often on local shows, including the Total Fight Challenge and 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, Sr. 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 submission 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 WEC Bantamweight Champion.
Following his victory over Beebe, Torres successfully defended his title with back-to-back TKO victories; one over Yoshiro Maeda in an exciting fight and the other over the previously-undefeated fellow Mexican-American 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 Japanese newcomer Takeya Mizugaki. Torres defeated Mizugaki by unanimous decision to retain his belt.
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 in the Bantamweight division.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Torres was expected to face English fighter Brad Pickett on May 28, 2011 at UFC 130. However, Pickett was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by future UFC Flyweight Champion 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 two and three was outstruck and controlled on the ground, resulting in Johnson receiving 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 White after the UFC 141 press conference that Torres 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 the World Series of Fighting. Torres made his WSOF debut on November 3, 2012 at WSOF 1 against Bantamweight prospect Marlon Moraes, he lost via split decision.
For his second fight with the promotion, Torres fought on October 26, 2013 at WSOF 6 against Pablo Alfonso. He lost the fight via submission in the first round.
Torres signed with Indiana based promotion "United Combat League" and made his debut there on February 15, 2014. He won the fight against Giovanni Moljo via unanimous decision.
Torres owns and operates a mixed martial arts academy in Griffith, Indiana where he teaches nearly 300 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.
Miguel Torres is divorced. 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."
Championships and awards
- World Extreme Cagefighting
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|48 matches||41 wins||7 losses|
|Win||41–7||Giovanni Moljo||Decision (unanimous)||United Combat League: Havoc in Hammond||February 15, 2014||3||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||40–7||Pablo Alfonso||Submission (guillotine choke)||WSOF 6||October 26, 2013||1||3:05||Coral Gables, Florida, United States|
|Loss||40–6||Marlon Moraes||Decision (split)||WSOF 1||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 missed weight.|
|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 & 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||Rio Rancho, 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". MMAjunkie.com.
- "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