Not too long ago, Miguel Torres was the WEC bantamweight champion and considered one of the top pound for pound fighters in the world. But after a shocking loss to Brian Bowles in 2009, the wheels slowly came off of the Torres train. He would end up going 3-3 after the Bowles loss and ended his UFC stint with a devastating KO at the hands of Michael McDonald.
While many are already talking about what once was, Torres is talking about what still has yet to happen as he prepares to make his debut at the inaugural World Series of Fighting when he faces Marlon Moraes on November 3rd. Despite everything that he’s accomplished in mixed martial arts, Torres suggests that he still hasn’t reached the goals he had when he entered MMA.
“I haven’t really accomplished what I set out to do yet,” Torres told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show recently. “I still have a lot of time left, I believe, in my career. The fact that I’m training here at Tri-Star and training a lot smarter now … for me, technically it makes you a better fighter and it gives you more longevity in your career. I’m picking up and learning a lot of skills and I’m still putting my game together the way I want it to be.”
At one time, Torres was considered one of the most dangerous fighters in the sport. But after having his seventeen fight win streak snapped by Bowles, Torres has lost that luster. But if you leave it up to him, he’s still refining his tool set.
“As far as being a complete martial artist, I still think I have a long way to go,” he says. “My journey’s not over with. People — they’ve asked me that question before about legacy. I think in five or six more years we can talk about legacy.”
Regardless of whether he wins or loses on November 3, there’s no doubt that Torres’ legacy should be pretty secure.