Miguel Torres simply hasn't been the same fighter since Brian Bowles turned his lights out. Torres' upcoming UFC 145 opponent, Michael McDonald, doesn't approve of the new and improved "Angel."
Now that former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Bantamweight champion and current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 135-pound contender Miguel Torres will no longer be doing his best Leonard Garcia impersonation when he steps inside the Octagon, we can expect to see a more controlled, yet aggressive, fighter when he steps into the cage this weekend (April 21, 2012) against Michael McDonald.
Though the new fight style that Torres hopes to implement at UFC 145 is aimed at securing more wins, McDonald for one, does not agree with the decision that Torres has made regarding his change in style and mentality, for that matter.
"Mayday" believes that Torres, or any other fighter, should not abandon what has proved to be successful in the past, but rather, just work to get better and improve, not totally reinvent themselves.
Recently appearing on The MMA Hour, McDonald expressed his disdain for anyone who changes up his fight style after a loss, and that he, for one, will always stay true to what got him to his current place in the mixed martial arts (MMA) world in the first place.
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"I don't know if he (Torres) is as dangerous as he once was. You might get knocked out once. He had 30 freaking wins or more, give or take, on one style. He gets knocked out once and he changes the style and I think that's wrong. I think you need to stick with what got you where you are. I think it's horrible when people finally get knocked out one time and they decide to change everything. The fact that he lost one in 30 fights, he just fought someone better that night. When I lost to Cole Escovedo, I didn't go back and change my entire game plan. I said, "Oh ok, my wrestling sucks and I need to get better at it," but I am not going to change my style, I just need to get better. I'm not taking shots at Miguel, I think he is a great fighter, but I just think most people when they lose, they will change their style or camps. What got me to where I am is training at Oakdale MMA and not winning decisions, but finishing fights and I am going to stick with it. If I get knocked out one of the says, If I lose one of these days, yeah it's going to suck and be mentally difficult for me to suck it up, but it's a simple basic when you get knocked out, is that you just didn't have your hands up."
The 21 year-old mixed martial artist (MMA) is truly one of the brightest up-and-comers in the UFC's 135-pound division, winning seven straight fights ( 3-0 in the UFC) and boasting an impressive 14-1 record overall.
Stepping in against an established veteran like Torres, however, could prove to be his toughest test to date.
Torres, meanwhile, has gone three and three over his last six bouts after an unheard of 37-1 start to his fight career. After suffering consecutive losses to Brian Bowles and Joseph Benavidez at WEC 42 and WEC 47, respectively, "Angel" has yet finish his three most recent opponents.
It could be because the Mexican-American is looking to play a more controlled game, and not throw caution to the wind and swing for the fences each time out, much to the chagrin of McDonald.
Then again, perhaps the young fighter should be careful for what he wishes for -- a flip of the switch and Torres could go back to his head hunting ways.