Former Champion Miguel Torres Loses Again, What’s Next After WEC 47?

Written by Tim Ngo
March 7th, 2010

Former WEC Bantamweight champion Miguel Torres lost a fight he was supposed to win against rising-star Joseph Benavidez on Saturday night at “WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz.”

The loss was Torres’ second consecutive defeat after winning 17-straight bouts and becoming one of the world’s greatest pound-for-pound fighters.

“It was just another fight for me. I’ve been waiting for this fight for forever, so I was totally prepared for it,” Benavidez said following his impressive upset win.

The strange thing is, it wasn’t even close. Benavidez dominated the fight from the outset and virtually made the former bantamweight champion appear as though he was just another fighter.

After losing his strap to Brian Bowles at WEC 42 this past August, Torres took some time off to reassess his career and tinker with his training team which typically comprised of  him running much of his own camps.

Unfortunately, it didn’t pay off as Benavidez pulled off the biggest upset of the evening.

Even with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Robert Drysdale in his corner, Torres couldn’t contain Benavidez’ relentless ground and pound.

Torres still has a lot of fight left in him and he’s still clearly one of the most talented MMA practitioners in the world. However, last night’s loss not only cost him a shot at the crown he once held for 18 months, but also the heir of invincibility he once held over the entire division.

Wondering what that feels like? Just ask former light heavyweight studs Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva.

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