One of the most exciting and prolific bantamweight fighters in the divisions history is returning to action this November. For WEC champion Miguel Torres will be back in the octagon at UFC 139 in San Jose, ready to do battle against Tiger Schulmann Fight Team member Nick Pace.
Both fights have confirmed the bout via their twitter accounts.
After losing the WEC strap to Brian Bowles in August 2009, Torres has struggled to find consistency in the cage, going 2-2 in his last four bouts. Torres changed up his training after back-to-back losses to Bowles and Joseph Benavidez, fighting a bit more conservative and abandoning his wild and aggressive style. Those changes were apparent in his bouts against Charlie Valencia and Antonio Banuelos, as he used his reach to stifle his shorter opponents and picked up two much-needed victories. He had won 17 straight bouts prior to being KO’d by Bowles. In his most recent bout against Demetrious Johnson at UFC 130, Torres was out-wrestled, controlled, and on the wrong side of a unanimous decision.
Pace can sympathize a bit with Torres as Johnson was the man who handed him his first career loss back in September 2010. He will have no sympathy for the former WEC champion in November though. Coming off a loss to Ivan Menjivar at UFC 133, Pace is in need of a victory in order to avoid losing three of his last four bouts and possibly find himself unemployed. The New York native is most famous for choking out Will Campuzano last December with a choke that has been dubbed “The Pace Choke” by many.
UFC 139 is scheduled for November 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The night will be headlined by former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua taking on Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson. Also on the card will be the UFC debut of Cung Le as he takes on Wanderlei Silva.
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