Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes said it while he was on his monstrous run, and now former WEC bantamweight stud Miguel Torres is echoing those sentiments following his WEC 42 upset loss. It’s a lot easier to stay motivated when you’re on the bottom than when you’re the top dog.
“When you’re on top for a long time, it’s hard to keep pushing yourself because you’re always on top,” Torres said after Brain Bowles snapped his 17-fight winning streak en route to capturing the title. “I’ve got to get back on the bottom because he’s on top, and I have something to work for now. It will be a good challenge for me.”
Well, let’s not get carried away. The loss was devastating. However if you don’t lose a fight in over five years, it’s highly unlikely that you start again from square-one. But, that is how Torres is approaching his newly-obtained “hunter” tag.
“For me, it’s not a step back at all,” Torres said. “It’s a new challenge in my career, and now I have something to look forward to, something to train for.”
Although Bowles held a perfect 7-0 record and cemented his top contender status a while back, Torres entered Sunday’s title fight as a heavy favorite to retain his crown.
Bowles clearly had other ideas in mind as he took it to the champ, knocking him on his tail twice before eventually putting him to sleep at 3:57 in the 1stRound.
“In this sport, one shot can change everything,” Torres said. “There’s no excuses for what happened. Brian hits really hard. I saw his shot coming, but I couldn’t get out of the way of it – a big overhand right. He put it away. He’s a real aggressive young guy. He’s going to be a good champion.”
On this night, Bowles showed he has the tools it takes to run the 135-pound division like Torres once did, however Miguel doesn’t anticipate his streak to be as impressive. He intends to reclaim WEC gold sooner rather than later.
“It’s going to be fun to get my belt back from him,” Torres stated.