At one time, Miguel Angel Torres was the most renowned bantamweight fighter in the world and considered among the top pound-for-pound athletes in the sport of MMA. A BJJ black belt under Carlson Gracie, Torres went undefeated in his first 20 professional bouts. In 2008, Miguel won the WEC bantamweight title, successfully defending it three times and winning two ‘Fight of the Night’ bonuses in the process.
After losing his championship to heavy hitter Brian Bowles at WEC 42, the unusually tall 135lber went on to claim one more bonus, this time awarded for his exceptional submission skills, before the WEC merged with its bigger brother the UFC. Following a series of mixed results in the UFC’s highly competitive 135lb division, Torres was cut by the promotion.
Despite his current losing streak, Miguel Torres is still undeniably one of the most talented submission artists in the bantamweight division, if not all of MMA. When he’s not competing, you can find the former WEC champ teaching his skills at his gym, Torres Martial Arts Academy, in Indiana.
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