Found November 05, 2012 on
Not too many moons ago, Miguel Torres (Pictured) was undeniably the baddest bantamweight in bare feet. He appeared to be untouchable, having rattled off 17 consecutive victories en route to capturing the WEC crown.
Furthermore, the man donning MMA’s meanest mullet started out his professional career having lost only one of his first 38 fights – a torrid run that began at the start of the millennium and extended through 2009.
Fast forward just a few years and Torres has found himself on the losing end of five of his past eight bouts, including two straight scraps. He was also fired from the UFC on two separate occasions within a nine-month span.
He won merely half of his four big league bouts.
Torres’ most recent setback came Saturday in a split decision defeat to little known Marlon Moraes in World Series of Fighting’s inaugural event.
At his pinnacle, he was the planet’s most dynamic 135-pounder. Present day, Torres looks like just another fighter.
Did the 31-year-old simply get old overnight? Is he mired in the Fedor Emelianenko effect, where a fighter has experienced an extensive period of dominance and doesn’t know how to respond when that upset special inevitably gets served up? Has Torres not evolved as quickly as the competitors he was looking down at not too long ago?
More importantly, will Torres ever recapture his mojo?
Perhaps the most pressing question Torres is pondering is whether it’s time to walk away after 46 pro fights. It appears MMA may already have him in its rear-view mirror.
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Although most new MMA promotions end up falling by the wayside sooner rather than later, there are the odd few that make themselves successful. After watching the World Series of Fighting debut broadcast, I hope that they are in the latter category.
The World Series of Fighting (WSOF) made their debut Saturday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show featured debuts, knockouts, and upsets and was generally an entertaining inaugural show.
That being said, the show did not go off without any glitches. Read on for the good, the bad, and the ugly from last night’s WSOF debut.
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The debut of World Series of Fighting will go down this evening from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada and the main card will air live on NBC Sports in the US and Fight Network in Canada.
The main event for tonight’s fight card is set, as both Andrei Arlovski and Devin Cole easily made the heavyweight weight limit.
The main card will air live at 7:30pm PT/10:30pm ET.
“World Series of Fighting 1” will be jumping off Saturday inside Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The first preliminary bout kicks off at 7:45PM ET/4:45PM PT. Sherdog.com will offer a live stream of the show’s first three fights. NBC Sports Network (formerly known as Versus Network) broadcasts the four showcase scraps live beginning at 10:30PM ET/7:30PM PT.