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Miguel Torres defends his crappy new style

(pffft the old Miguel would have ripped that bull’s head off by now)

Miguel Torres has fought like a total wussbag ever since those back to back losses to Brian Bowles and Joseph Benavidez tought him he isn’t invincible. His camp hasn’t hidden the fact that they’re basically rebuilding him from the ground up as a whole new kind of fighter. A safer, more careful, more technical Torres. Which is kinda like taking a Dodge Viper and downtuning it for better gas milage. It hasn’t exactly gone over well with fans, but here’s Miguel defending it:

Chad: There’s been some criticism from MMA fans about the new “safe” Miguel Torres vs. the old wilder Torres. What do you think of all this?

Miguel Torres: I get a lot of shit from fans about my new style. I don’t believe I had a style in the past, hence the attitude I carried in the cage. And yes that style brought me to where I am now, but times were a lot different, and the level and strategy of my opponents has been raised very high. I am an old dog who is learning new tricks every day. Its one thing to criticize a fighter, but it’s another thing to stand against him in a cage when it is locked, knowing your pay, health, and history are all on the line. The new Miguel Torres is still an animal, and when it has to come out, it will. The only difference is that now I don’t have to make every fight a war, when in the past it was all I wanted. In all honesty, my body, mind, and career would not have lasted long with that attitude. What people say doesn’t mean much to me when I compare it to my health, and my daughter’s welfare.

Most fighters would bow down in cowardly fashion to such pressures and return to their awesome devil may care style of whirlwind fight action. But not Miguel. He’s brave. He will continue to decision guys on the facebook portion of UFC cards because that’s what’s best for his career. This new style could work so well Miguel may find himself outside the organization and then he won’t have to worry about getting getting hurt in fights at all.

  • repenttokyo

    that painting is my next tattoo.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I feel bad for him.  His “old style” made him a fighter fans salivated at seeing, now he’s just some guy.   Fans probably resent him for taking away their darling.  His life and family come first, but it’s a tough road to hoe.

    Recent NSFW threads in the forums make me think of it as Erica Campbell turning Christian.

  • iamphoenix

    Lmfao. Every word is genius. Picture has just enough oregano..toasted on all sides.

  • agentsmith

    In his defence, the bantamweight division is a just a wee bit deeper than it was back when he ruled the WEC with an XS-sized iron fist.

  • CAP

    I remember the good ol days Miguel

  • frickshun

    Sooooo….when are we booking Torres vs Hypno-Garcia?!

  • fightlinker

    Just seems to me like his coaches are trying to impart on him a style that neither fits him well or works well for him. He doesn’t have to fight like a retard, but this new stuff………

  • P W

    Love the sarcasm at the end there!

  • SST

    Torres just got canned for making a rape joke on twitter.

  • Reverend Clint

    yep good by lame ass mullet

  • Letibleu

    Yup, this article needs to be updated, he got the boot from the UFC as SST mentioned.

  • Reverend Clint

    “If a rape van was called a surprise van more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone like surprises.” Nice bro


    The rape van remark is a quote from a TV show. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” or “Workaholics ” or some shit.

    With Rashad dropping Penn State 1 liners and Forrest’s rape remark on twitter last month, they felt they needed to make a statement. Being on FOX and trying to lure in corporate sponsors has forced Zuffa to start “playing the game” more than they have in the past. Cutting Miguel serves notice to everyone else that they need to think before they open their mouths. His new “safe style” of fighting probably made cutting him a little easier.

    Having said that, this political correctness fagotry has gotten out of control. Fuck em if they can’t take a joke.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I think Rashad’s and Forrest’s were worse, but they have money-making styles and higher profiles.

  • frickshun

    HAHAHA…..that rape van line is fucking funny.

    Dayum!! They cut a motherfucker over it?? That’s the type of shit I got in trouble @ work for a few months ago…….glad I’m still employed & making 6-8 times what Ryan makes annually.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Well you just used the R-word, and you’re a Jew so you can do whatever.

  • Reverend Clint

    “they” probably own the company

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Well we know about the bosses spoiled brat already … and … I don’t have the Hebrew Hilarity firepower to work it though. 

    I’ve never really made Jewish jokes till i started hanging out here.

  • frickshun

    ^^You scared, homey?

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Scared?  Yeah, I just openly admitted I can’t make a joke on Fightlinker.  Bravest thing I’ll ever do in my life.

  • Letibleu

    Frick, so you make 48,000$/ year ROFL.

  • frickshun

    ^^Fuuuuck. I thought Ryan made more than that :(