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WSOF 6: Miguel Torres looking for some respect in his return to top of MMA mountain

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Miguel Torres will try to get his first win in two years as he battles Pablo Alfonso this weekend (Oct. 26, 2013) at WSOF 6 and aims to earn some respect as well as a push that will help him get back to the top of the bantamweight division.


Once considered one of the best bantamweights in all of mixed martial arts (MMA), Miguel Torres has fallen on hard times inside the cage.

Torres -- who at one time had a sweet spot on the pound-for-pound list -- has suffered two straight defeats; the first being at UFC 145 where Michael McDonald knocked him out in the very first round, punching his one-way ticket out of the promotion.

After landing on his feet with World Series of Fighting (WSOF), Miguel suffered a razor-thin split decision loss to Marlon Moraes at WSOF 1 back in November of 2012.

Having not seen action in almost a year, the former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) 135-pound champion returns to the cage as he faces Pablo Alfonso this weekend (Oct. 26, 2013) at WSOF 6 in Coral Gables, Florida.

And he's looking for some respect and a trip back to the top of the rankings with an impressive win, as he recently revealed during the WSOF 6 conference call:

"I'm happy to be on the card for World Series of Fighting 6. I'm happy they were able to get me on. I've been in this sport 15 years, and I've seen a lot of organizations and I've fought for a lot of different places, and they're one of the organizations that are growing. They're going to get to the top and I'm happy I can be a part of that process. Preparations have gone very well for this fight. I'm looking to get back in there and get some respect, get back to the top where I was before."

So, what has Miguel been doing during his year off?

He's been busy opening up his new gym, which is now up and running and serves as his home base for his upcoming fight. And now that he's had plenty of time to regroup, Torres is eager to lace up the gloves one more time to prove to the MMA world what he's capable of doing.

It will be a long road to the top, but Torres, for one, is willing to put the work in.

Anyone think the former WEC and UFC veteran can return to his glory days of yesteryear under the WSOF banner? Or are his best days behind him?