What a long, strange trip it’s been.
Former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) bantamweight champion, Miguel Torres, retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) on Wednesday (April 19, 2017) after more than 17 years in the hurt business.
Torres, 36, racked up a 44-9 record during his time inside the cage, securing nine knockouts and 25 submissions along the way. That includes his guillotine choke over Lloyd Carter at UCL: “Havoc in Hammond 3” back in September.
The ex-champ bids farewell on Facebook:
As I sit here on the mat in my academy contemplating my life and all of the possibilities that can manifest from just mere choice, my heart feels too overburdened and overwhelmed to be able to seriously train for another fight. Wearing so many hats does not afford me the time to seriously do what is in my heart to do. When this journey started it was to make a name for myself, show everyone that i was not an ordinary man, to show all the little guys size doesn't matter, to make my family proud of all their sacrifices, so my daughter would know her daddy did something special for her, and now things are different. Doesn't feel like my effort is for the love of the fight or competition anymore its just about a paycheck to buy unneeded things and taxes to a corrupt system. Have been bouncing back and forth from injuries the last 20 years, always training through the pain and fighting to build my brand and make my mark in the world. Any of my training partners, promoters, or any promotion i fought for was always aware of these things but the show still went on. Can no longer do it the way i have been. To not do it the right way or to fight small battles in the middle of training camps leads to ugly situations in the cage. It breaks my heart to write this but i officially announce my retirement from mixed martial arts.
People ask me how was my experience, my answer is bitter sweet, when you've risen from nothing to fly so high you burn your wings on the sun, the descent is a trip but once you're back where you started again nothing will ever be the same. Always wanted to make a mark and be a part of history, just didn't end up the way imagined when i was a kid.
When i close my eyes at night and i breathe deep, can still hear the roar of the crowd, the need to satisfy their lust for danger and excitement, it keeps me up at night it's so loud. Goodbye my love, thank you for the memories it was something else.
Thank you to all of my training partners and anyone who ever helped me train for a fight. Couldn't of done anything in my career without you.
Torres, who got his start back in 2000, is considered a pioneer of MMA, particularly for the fighters who compete in the lighter weight classes.
Unfortunately, it wasn't always wine and roses for the longtime veteran. Torres came under fire for his social media presence while plying his trade for Ultimate Fighting Championship, and suffered a fair share of debilitating injuries on the local circuit.
Nevertheless, his spot is secure in the annals of MMA history.