"I'm thankful for my manager Glenn Robinson and (Authentic Sports) Management. He has turned my career around. The 'Blackzilians' have become like family to me. I'm also thankful for the people who run my gym (Torres MMA) and look after things when I'm away training in Florida or with Firas Zahabi. The group at Tristar has really taken me in and made me feel like one of their own. Everybody makes mistakes. I made a mistake and did my best to correct it. Now I look forward to the future and what you can do in the cage. My goal for 2012 is to walk away with the UFC bantamweight title."
-- Miguel Torres talks to Heavy MMA about his plans for 2012, which include winning the bantamweight championship he lost to Brian Bowles way back in the WEC days in 2009. It will be a touch road to traverse for the East Chicago, Ind., native, all things considered. For starters, he's still dealing with with the public relations nightmare created by his tweeting a rape joke and subsequently getting fired by the UFC. He's since been hired back, of course, but the damage was largely done. That's without even mentioning the fact that he's still got quite a ways to go before his name can even come up in a conversation with current 135-pound king Dominick Cruz without laughter immediately following it. His journey back to the title starts with an intriguing match-up against the up-and-coming Michael McDonald at UFC 145 on April 21 in Atlanta. Anyone think the year 2012 will end with Miguel Torres hoisting championship gold?