WSOF 6: Miguel Torres “Happy” to be Fighting After Lengthy Layoff
By FCF Staff
When Miguel Torres steps into the cage this Saturday at WSOF 6, nearly a year will have gone by since he fought Marlon Moraes, which went down at World Series of Fighting’s debut last November. For a veteran who has well over 40 fights on his record that’s a long time to go without competing.
During a media call this week to promote Saturday’s card, the 32 year-old Torres was asked how’s been spending his time this past year.
“I’ve been real busy since the last World Series of Fighting. My lease was up on my gym. I had a gym in Hammond, Ind., and I went back and was doing my taxes, and I saw how crazy my overhead was. So I had to make a change if I wanted to sustain profits in my gym,” said Torres, who lost by split decision to Moraes at WSOF 1. “So I had look for a new location, and I found a spot close to my home. My daughter was starting was school, so I wanted to make sure that I was around for that. And as I was doing the move to the gym, I found out it was riddled with mold crawling all through the installation, so I had to basically do a lot of work to remodel the whole gym.”
“So basically the whole summer I spent training and doing carpentry work and laying down a new floor for the new gym. I made that move in July, and then I started training again in August. I got the call from World Series of Fighting to come back and take a fight, and I want to get back in there and start fighting again. I’ve been out for a while, and I missed it. I just can’t wait to get back in there and show what I can do.”
Torres was released by the UFC following a knockout loss to bantamweight Michael McDonald in April, 2012, after earning a UD win over Nick Pace at UFC 139 in November, 2011. On Saturday he’ll take on Pablo Alfonso (8-5), who has won back-to-back fights while competing for Championship Fighting Alliance.
“I’m happy to be on the card for World Series of Fighting 6. I’m happy they were able to get me on,” the former WEC champ said. “I’ve been in this sport 15 years, and I’ve seen a lot of organizations and I’ve fought for a lot of different places, and they’re one of the organizations that are growing. They’re going to get to the top, and I’m happy I can be a part of that process. Preparations have gone very well for this fight. I’m looking to get back in there and get some respect – get back to the top where I was before.”
WSOF 6 will be hosted by the Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Florida, and will feature Josh Burkman taking on Steve Carl for the vacant welterweight championship.
The card will be broadcast throughout the U.S. on the NBC Sports Network.