One of the benefits of being arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world is that you don’t have to change up your strategy all too often. WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres will once again have the luxury of making his opponent adjust to his superior MMA skills on Sunday night.
“I don’t gameplan. I’m pretty much the same,” Torres matter-of-factly stated. “Even though I’m fighting a striker, and I’m going to trade hands with him, and I don’t plan on shooting on him, I’m still training shots. I’m still training jiu-jitsu. I train the full aspect of MMA.”
The owner of the baddest mullet in all of MMA will be defending his title against Takeya Mizugaki tonight at WEC 40. Torres is hoping that by leaving the cage with his title and a 17-fight winning streak in tact, he will place himself atop the list of world’s best.
“What I want to do is I want to make it hard for them to train against me,” said Torres. “I want to leave no doubt in anybody’s mind that I’m one of the best fighters in my weight class in the world, and one of the best pound-for-pound.”
Torres was initially slated to headline this event against top 135-pound contender Brian Bowles, however Bowles sustained an injury during training and was forced to bow out.
“They went half way around the world to find an opponent to suit me. They could have picked someone in the WEC that wasn’t ready, they could have gave me an easy opponent, but they went out there and found the toughest guy they could find,” stated Torres. “I mean Sean Shelby told me, he goes, ‘Miguel, I found the toughest guy I could find for you,’ and I appreciate that they’re not trying to pad my record or give me easy fights.”
Torres didn’t bat an eye when he found out that his WEC 40 opponent had changed, in fact you can add that to the list of things you don’t have to do when you are “arguably” the world’s best P4P.
“It was no big deal to me. Obviously, I wanted to fight Brian (Bowles). He would have been a tough opponent. I was looking forward to a really big war with him, but the changing of opponents is not a big deal for me,” Torres said. “I think they both have similar styles, there’s no huge, huge difference I think. They both have a similar record; they both have the same strengths. I think Bowles may have a bit stronger wrestling and jiu-jitsu background, but they both have big right hands and big left hooks, so my training camp didn’t really change too much.”
You can catch Toress’ bout against Mizugaki, as well as all of the other main bouts for WEC 40 LIVE tonight on Versus Network at 9PM EDT/6PM PDT.