Expectations run high when you jump out to a 37-1 record.
Torres (40-5) was brought back down to earth in the last couple of years, coughing up his 135-pound title to Brian Bowles before transitioning to the ranks of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in early 2011. Unfortunately, it resulted in a 2-2 run, which ended with a brutal knockout loss to top division prospect Michael McDonald back in April.
"I haven't really accomplished what I set out to do yet. I still have a lot of time left, I believe, in my career. The fact that I'm training here at Tri-Star and training a lot smarter now ... for me, technically it makes you a better fighter and it gives you more longevity in your career. I'm picking up and learning a lot of skills and I'm still putting my game together the way I want it to be. As far as being a complete martial artist, I still think I have a long way to go. My journey's not over with. People -- they've asked me that question before about legacy. I think in five or six more years we can talk about legacy."
Torres, who was unceremoniously cut from ZUFFA following his loss to "Mayday," has a chance to prove he's still one of the best bantamweights in the world this Saturday night (Nov. 3, 2012) at the inaugural World Series of Fighting (WSOF) event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Standing in his way will be the dangerous Marlon Moraes (8-4).
The Floridian recently won back-to-back fights under the Xtreme Fighting Championship (XFC) umbrella. After outworking Chris Manuel for a unanimous decision victory last December, the former featherweight pasted Jarrod Card at the XFC 17 event back in April.
A big win this weekend and Moraes could start building an MMA legacy of his own.
World Series of Fighting, which takes place at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, will feature a 265-pound headliner between former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski and ex-Strikeforce hopeful Devin Cole.
More on the Nov. 3 fight card right here.