... and "Angel" credits a more structured approach to training under Firas Zahabi for putting the pep back in his step:
"Being at Tristar is special for me because before, everyone would tell me 'learn how to wrestle, use your boxing, use your reach, don't go crazy.' And before my mentality was very young -- I was coming up, I was WEC champion, I lost my title. I went through the whole gamut. Now I get to do it all over in the UFC and now I have a great strong team behind me -- My team back home in Chicago and Tristar. So I feel very blessed right now. My swagger is heavy in the cage right now.... The biggest thing for me right now is to be the best fighter that I can be. To be the most mature fighter I can be. And [that's going to happen] by spending more time in Montreal, honing my skills.... I'm not in a rush for a title shot because when I get there I want to earn it. And when I get there I want to stay there. I'm not going to fall right away."
Long, lean and mean 135-pound contender, Miguel Torres, talks about coming full circle after a decision win over Antonio Banuelos at UFC 126 this past weekend. The former WEC champion -- once considered among the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world -- makes no excuses for his tactical performance, refusing to apologize for fighting a smart fight against the hard-hitting Mexican. Despite a few jeers from those in attendance at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Torres stuck to his gameplan and didn't take the brawl bait that Banuelos dangled early and often throughout their 15-minute scrap. And he thanks Zahabi -- the same man behind the success of UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre -- for getting him back on track. That's now two straight victories for the East Chicago, Ind., native, which is par for his impressive career course. Can Torres continue to put all the pieces together and make a restrained run at the bantamweight belt or are his tendencies to go "insane" when he gets hit the real secrets to his success?