It’s nice to hear someone outside the fat-bloggers-in-their-basements brigade saying this:
“I think he’s a little less aggressive, and honestly, I think that’s a mistake,” McDonald said. “He had, what, like a 30-fight win streak being aggressive, and he got knocked out once? I think that you should stick to what got you where you are.
“If you got knocked out, it’s something as simple as you didn’t have your hands up. The correction would be to be that simple, not changing your entire game. Just my hands weren’t up, I wasn’t technically prepared, go back, fix the mistakes and keep going to work.”
MMA Junkie talkted to Miguel Torres about his upcoming fight, and while the headline ‘promises vintage form’ from Torres, his quote implies otherwise:
“The main thing is just my distance control,” Torres said. “I use my right hand now. I’m more aware of my distance. Before, I had no concept at all of distance. I would just rush you and throw caution to the wind. Now I have more distance control. I use my range better. I know how to exploit people’s weaknesses better. I can listen better. Before, I didn’t listen at all.
“People say, ‘Oh, Miguel shouldn’t have changed his game. He abandoned his old ways.’ My old ways were reckless. It’s easy to judge without you being in that situation. I didn’t know what was wrong because it was working, and I had to totally change everything. I’m trying to adapt the new style to the old style, and that takes time.”
How long? It’s been two years since Torres teamed up with Firas Zahabi and since then one of the sport’s most exciting fighters hasn’t had many highlights to show for himself. While the perceived boredom factor certainly plays into a large amout of the gripes fans have, there’s also the fact that Torres has been left eeking out decisions against guys he arguably would have buzzsawed through in the past. Not only is his fighting less exciting, it’s less effective. Let’s hope he’s finally figured out that new style enough that he can start bringing in aspects of his old one. Like being able to finish a fight.