Miguel Torres returned to the cage for the first time since getting released by Zuffa after an unsuccessful and disappointing run in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) tonight (Sat., Nov. 3, 2012) at WSOF 1: "Arlovski vs. Cole" in Las Vegas, Nevada, taking on Marlon Moraes.
Heading into the bout, Torres said he was here for one reason: "to take care of business."
The action was fast and furious early. Both men came out strong and hard, with Moraes in particular winging heavy punches that found their mark and had his veteran foe digging deep for a submission after getting thrown to the mat.
By the end of the opening frame, it was clear Torres would have to battle back if he wanted to win. This one wasn't going to come easy, as some believed it would simply because it was outside the UFC and Torres should be better than the rest.
The second round featured more of the same but Torres started pumping a jab and getting into a bit of a rhythm. It was close enough that a sense of urgency was needed for the final frame from both guys but probably more so Torres.
Unfortunately, it was nowhere to be found halfway through the third round. Moraes, meanwhile, continued firing off explosive kicks, wowing the crowd with his offense. Does that matter? Maybe not but when punches and kicks are flying and it's sometimes hard to tell when they're landing and with what frequency, you have to think the judges are going to pay more attention to the higher spots.
Torres never did put together any strong offense before the final horn and that was it for him. He went from WEC champion to UFC failure and now a big loss under the WSOF banner.
Does he have anything left?
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