For the past five years, featherweight Miguel Torres has drawn a paycheck from Zuffa, fighting on a few of the UFC’s biggest shows and even wearing gold as a member of WEC. However, in less than a week Torres will take to the cage under a different company’s banner after being cut by the UFC earlier this year on the heels of a knockout loss and some controversy surrounding a questionable Tweet or two.
While Torres has admitted the pink-slip was a bitter pill to swallow, the 31-year old fan-favorite has moved on and is looking forward to the next chapter of his career as a member of the newly-formed World Series of Fighting promotion.
“I’ve been doing this for the past 13 years, so for me it’s business as usual. I’m going to go out and fight the same way, whether it’s the UFC or my back yard,” revealed Torres to MMAWeekly of his bout against Marlon Moraes at WSOF 1. “I always dedicate myself 100-percent to my craft and my opponent is going to see the best Miguel Torres that he can possibly see.”
The 40-5 Torres will enter the ring on November 3 with an increased sense of confidence based on not only his past success but the experience of having trained with Moraes before, giving him additional insight in how to best procure victory when the two lock horns in Las Vegas.
“I’ve trained with him in Florida, so I know what to expect out of him. I know what he’s good at, I know what I’m good at, and the most important thing is to go out there and fight my fight,” explained Torres. “I know I have to keep my distance, and when I do come in, I have to come in hard. I’ve got to close the distance, get him in the clinch and take him down to the ground. I know that middle-range is going to be his. But I know what I’m good at, and I know what I can do to give him a hard time.”
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