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Miguel Torres

Born Miguel Angel Torres
January 18, 1981 (1981-01-18) (age 29)
East Chicago, Indiana
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division 135
Reach 76.0 in (193 cm) [1]
Style Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai
Fighting out of East Chicago, Indiana
Team Team Sityodtong
Trainer Mark Dellagrotte
Rank      black belt in BJJ
Years active 2000–present
MMA record
Total 40
Wins 37
By knockout 9
By submission 22
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By submission 1
Other information
University Purdue University
Children 1
Official website
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: March 10, 2010

Miguel Angel Torres (born January 18, 1981) is a Mexican American mixed martial artist who fights for the World Extreme Cagefighting organization.[2] 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. As reported by UFC.com, in September 2008 Torres received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Carlson Gracie, Jr.[1]

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Ranking

Sherdog.com ranks Torres as the #4 Bantamweight mixed martial artist in the world.[3]

MMA 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, he turned them down and continued to fight locally instead. 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 the defeat of 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. [2]

Torres fought Takeya Mizugaki in the main event of WEC 40 on April 5, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois and won 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 becoming more accurate with his boxing. Both fighters displayed great heart in a competitive bout where Torres’ standup skills proved too much for his opponent.

Next in line to fight Torres for his title was Brian Bowles, who was replaced by Mizugaki due to an injury sustained by Bowles. 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 and had Bowles hurt badly with a one-two combo but as he rushed in to finish Bowles he would get countered and knocked out in a mild upset. The loss snapped Torres' streak of 17 consecutive victories and marked his first loss at 135 lbs.

On March 6, 2010 at WEC 47[4], Torres faced and was defeated by Joseph Benavidez, via guillotine choke in the second round.[5]

Training

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[6] 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.[7]

Personal life

Miguel Torres is married and has a daughter, born on August 26, 2007[6].

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."[6]

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[8].

In a live chat with his fans, Torres stated that he is an avid eater of chocolate ice cream and plays "way too many" video games[9].

Championships and awards

World Extreme Cagefighting

WEC Bantamweight Champion (Former)
2x Fight of the Night Honors

Sherdog

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year (2008)[10]

Mixed Martial Arts Record

While his fight database record is 37-3, Torres claims a ledger of 49-3[11][12] , stating that "he started fighting way before there were databases."[13]

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 37-3 United States Joseph Benavidez Submission (Guillotine Choke) WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz March 6, 2010 2 2:57 United States Columbus, Ohio, USA
Loss 37-2 United States Brian Bowles KO (Punches) WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles August 09, 2009 1 3:57 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Lost the WEC Bantamweight Championship
Win 37-1 Japan Takeya Mizugaki Decision (Unanimous) WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki April 05, 2009 5 5:00 United States Chicago, Illinois, USA Defended WEC Bantamweight Championship Won Fight of the Night Honors
Win 36-1 United States Manny Tapia TKO (Stikes) WEC 37: Torres vs. Tapia December 03, 2008 2 3:04 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Defended WEC Bantamweight Championship
Win 35-1 Japan Yoshiro Maeda TKO (Doctor Stoppage) WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver June 01, 2008 3 5:00 United States Sacramento, California, USA Defended WEC Bantamweight Championship Won Fight of the Night Honors
Win 34-1 United States Chase Beebe Submission (Anaconda Choke) WEC 32: Condit vs. Prater February 13, 2008 1 3:59 United States Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA Won WEC Bantamweight Championship
Win 33-1 United States Jeff Bedard Submission (Triangle Choke) WEC 30: McCullough vs. Crunkilton September 05, 2007 1 2:30 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 32-1 Darius Turcinskas Submission (Rear Naked Choke) IMMAC 2 - Attack April 21, 2007 2 0:57 United States Chicago, Illinois, USA
Win 31-1 Charles Wilson Submission (Triangle Choke) Total Fight Challenge 7 February 10, 2007 3 1:29 United States Hammond, Indiana, USA
Win 30-1 Bobby Gamboa Submission (Rear Naked Choke) AFC 19 September 09, 2006 1 2:32 United States Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Win 29-1 Derek Collins TKO (Punches) Total Fight Challenge 6 May 05, 2006 1 2:36 United States Hammond, Indiana, USA
Win 28-1 Richard Nancoo TKO (Punches) IHC 10 - Tempest April 29, 2006 2 n/a United States Hammond, Indiana, USA
Win 27-1 Joe Pearson Submission (Triangle Choke) Total Fight Challenge 5 February 18, 2006 1 0:28 United States Hammond, Indiana, USA
Win 26-1 Ryan Ackerman Submission (Armbar) IHC 9 - Purgatory November 19, 2005 1 4:45 United States Hammond, Indiana, USA
Win 25-1 Dan Swift Decision (Unanimous) Total Fight Challenge 3 April 20, 2005 3 5:00 United States Hammond, Indiana, USA
Win 24-1 Jim Bruketta Submission (Triangle Choke) Total Fight Challenge 2 February 19, 2005 2 2:08 United States Hammond, Indiana, USA
Win 23-1 Alex Khanbabian Submission (Armbar) IHC 8 - Ethereal November 20, 2004 1 1:01 United States Hammond, Indiana, USA
Win 22-1 Mustafa Hussaini TKO (Punches) IHC 7 - The Crucible June 05, 2004 3 1:24 United States Hammond, Indiana, USA
Win 21-1 Mike French Submission (Triangle Choke) Superbrawl 40 January 16, 2004 2 2:44 United States Hammond, Indiana, USA
Loss 20-1 Ryan Ackerman Decision (Unanimous) IHC 6 - Inferno November 22, 2003 3 5:00 United States Hammond, Indiana, USA
Win 20-0 Lindsey Durlacker Decision (Unanimous) IHC 4 - Armageddon May 18, 2002 3 5:00 United States Hammond, Indiana, USA
Win 19-0 Brian Szohr Submission (Triangle Choke) TCC - Battle of the Badges March 13, 2002 N/A N/A United States Hammond, Indiana, USA
Win 18-0 Craig Williamson Submission (Triangle Choke) TCC - Battle of the Badges March 13, 2002 N/A N/A United States Hammond, Indiana, USA
Win 17-0 Steve Reyna TKO (Doctor Stoppage) IHC 3 - Exodus November 10, 2001 1 5:00 United States Hammond, Indiana, USA
Win 16-0 NIck Mitchell Decision (Unanimous) IHC 3 - Exodus November 10, 2001 2 5:00 United States Hammond, Indiana, USA
Win 15-0 Danny Long KO TCC - Total Combat Challenge September 29, 2001 1 N/A United States Hammond, Indiana, USA
Win 14-0 Patrick Rodriguez Submission Finke's FCC April 30, 2001 2 1:41 United States Highland, Indiana, USA
Win 13-0 Josh Mason Submission (Punches) Cage Rage 2 April 14, 2001 2 N/A United States Kokomo, Indiana, USA
Win 12-0 Mark Jaromillo Submission (Armbar) Finke's FCC March 26, 2001 2 2:40 United States Highland, Indiana, USA
Win 11-0 David Odle Submission (Punches) Finke's FCC February 26, 2001 1 2:05 United States Highland, Indiana, USA
Win 10-0 Danny Alexander Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Finke's FCC January 29, 2001 1 0:58 United States Highland, Indiana, USA
Win 9-0 Jesse Gudenschwagger TKO (Doctor Stoppage) MMA - Invitational 4 November 18, 2000 2 5:00 United States Hammond, Indiana, USA
Win 8-0 Chad Bratton Decision (Unanimous) Extreme Shootfighting September 30, 2000 1 15:00 United States Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Win 7-0 Ricky Olson Decision (Unanimous) Extreme Shootfighting September 30, 2000 1 15:00 United States Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Win 6-0 Cory Merriman Submission (Punches) Extreme Shootfighting September 30, 2000 1 1:27 United States Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Win 5-0 Dan Caesar Submission (Strikes) Finke's FCC August 28, 2000 1 4:30 United States Highland, Indiana, USA
Win 4-0 Kris Kramer Submission (Triangle Choke) Finke's FCC July 28, 2000 1 3:00 United States Highland, Indiana, USA
Win 3-0 Michael Reyna Submission (Punches) Finke's FCC May 22, 2000 1 1:22 United States Highland, Indiana, USA
Win 2-0 Dan Caesar Submission (Guillotine Choke) Finke's FCC April 24, 2000 1 4:09 United States Highland, Indiana, USA
Win 1-0 Larry Pulliam TKO (Punches) Finke's FCC March 27, 2000 1 0:10 United States Highland, Indiana, USA

References

  1. ^ "Miguel Torres Fight! Magazine Stats". http://www.fightmagazine.com/fighters/miguel-torres-1512.htm. Retrieved October 04, 2009. 
  2. ^ MMAmania.com exclusive sit down with WEC champion Miguel Torres
  3. ^ [http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/8/Sherdog-Official-Mixed-Martial-Arts-Rankings-23122
  4. ^ "Event - WEC: Bowles vs. Cruz". wec.tv. 2009-12-19. http://www.wec.tv/index.cfm?fa=eventdetail.fightCard&eid=2685. 
  5. ^ "Miguel Torres vs. Joseph Benavidez set for WEC 47, likely to determine No. 1 contender". mmajunkie.com. 2009-12-31. http://mmajunkie.com/news/17373/miguel-torres-vs-joseph-benavidez-set-for-wec-47-likely-to-determine-no-1-contender.mma. 
  6. ^ a b c Miguel Torres talks mullets, sacrifice and daughters
  7. ^ Crawford, Percy (August 11, 2009). "Miguel Torres:"Brian Bowles Just Woke Up a Sleeping Giant"". Fight Hype. http://fighthype.com/pages/content5421.html. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  8. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Curran-Mizugaki-and-backyard-brawls-Cage-Write?urn=mma,151293
  9. ^ Yahoo! Cagewriter Blog: Live Chat with Miguel Torres
  10. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/4/Sherdogs-Miscellaneous-Awards-for-2008-15727
  11. ^ "Fighters". Torres Martial Arts Academy. http://www.torresmartialarts.com/fighters.php. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  12. ^ http://squabbles.com/2009/04/wec-bantamweight-news/#more-2457
  13. ^ Morgan, John (May 26, 2008). "Miguel Torres: from barrooms to the big time". MMA Junkie. http://mmajunkie.com/news/4427/miguel-torres-from-barrooms-to-the-big-time.mma. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 

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Preceded by
Chase Beebe
3rd WEC Bantaweight Champion
February 13, 2008 - August 9, 2009
Succeeded by
Brian Bowles
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