UnderGround Forums Miguel Torres retires: ‘Goodbye my love'

5 days ago
12/3/08
Posts: 20650

Miguel Angel Torres has retired from fighting at age 36. A high school wrestler who had practiced Taekwondo and boxing, Torres began fighting in tiny club shows in the late 1990s, showing tremendous promise.

The Chicago native reached out to the legendary Carlson Gracie, Sr. who recognized his greatness, and took him to Brazil. There Carlson issued a challenge to the entire world. And then Torres beat the world, winning the WEC bantamweight championship, years before the UFC started the division.

Torres was simultaneously developing his highly successful Torres Martial Arts Academy with hundreds of students. He retires with a known career record of 43-9, and is producing students with promise to be as great as their teacher was.

The retirement came via Facebook.

“As I sit here on the mat in my academy contemplating my life and all of the possibilities that can manifest from just mere choice, my heart feels too overburdened and overwhelmed to be able to seriously train for another fight. Wearing so many hats does not afford me the time to seriously do what is in my heart to do. When this journey started it was to make a name for myself, show everyone that I was not an ordinary man, to show all the little guys size doesn’t matter, to make my family proud of all their sacrifices, so my daughter would know her daddy did something special for her, and now things are different.

“Doesn’t feel like my effort is for the love of the fight or competition anymore it’s just about a paycheck to buy unneeded things and taxes to a corrupt system. Have been bouncing back and forth from injuries the last 20 years, always training through the pain and fighting to build my brand and make my mark in the world. Any of my training partners, promoters, or any promotion I fought for were always aware of these things but the show still went on. Can no longer do it the way I have. To not do it the right way or to fight small battles in the middle of training camps leads to ugly situations. It breaks my heart to write this but I officially announce my retirement from mixed martial arts.

“People ask me how was my experience, my answer is bittersweet, when you’ve risen from nothing to fly so high you burn your wings on the sun, the descent is a trip, but once you’re back where you started again nothing will ever be the same. Always wanted to make a mark and be a part of history, just didn’t end up the way I imagined when I was a kid.

“When I close my eyes at night and I breathe deep, can still hear the roar of the crowd, the need to satisfy their lust for danger and excitement, it keeps me up at night it’s so loud. Goodbye my love, thank you for the memories it was something else.

“Thank you to all of my training partners and anyone who ever helped me train for a fight. Couldn’t of done anything in my career without you.”

5 days ago
11/7/07
Posts: 20592
Classy guy, always loved Torres and watching him fight, especially in the old WEC days, dude loved to bang and always brought it



TTT for Miguel Torres
5 days ago
5/4/11
Posts: 4158
Great fighter, one of the first to put the bantamweight division on the map. He made his mark as the championship standard for the next generation of fighters. Will probably be one of those champions that won't fully be appreciated for a while, but he could do it all. But for those of us that got to watch in your prime, thank you sir.
5 days ago
3/23/12
Posts: 17695

I truly believe that at his peak Torres was the baddest p4p fighter on the planet.  Such a savage, in all aspects of the sport.  It's unfortunate that he peaked like a week before the UFC picked up the WEC stable and made them superstars. WEC NEVA DIE!!!!

Edited: 5 days ago
1/1/01
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One of the greatest and at one point, the greatest in his weight class.  

5 days ago
9/7/14
Posts: 45
Always loved watching this dude fight. Heart of a savage.
5 days ago
12/28/07
Posts: 2754
One of the best. Seemed like a good guy as well.
5 days ago
4/2/11
Posts: 3594

What a guy. I remember the first time I saw Miguel fight. Opened my eyes to the smaller divisions.  Thanks for the great fights.

5 days ago
3/16/15
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I truly believe that at his peak Torres was the baddest p4p fighter on the planet.  Such a savage, in all aspects of the sport.  It's unfortunate that he peaked like a week before the UFC picked up the WEC stable and made them superstars. WEC NEVA DIE!!!!


Agreed on all counts.

It was great seeing him fight in small shows in Indiana where he would be led out by a full mariachi band.  Crowd would go nuts.

5 days ago
1/12/15
Posts: 1637
One of my all time favorite fighters. Fear the mullet.
5 days ago
11/24/07
Posts: 13213
Torres is awesome.
5 days ago
8/1/12
Posts: 2308

He was a beast when he was at his peak. LOVED watching him fight. Wish him nothing but the best moving forward. 

 

 

5 days ago
1/1/01
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UltimateKeyboardWarrior - 
youarewhatiswrong - 

I truly believe that at his peak Torres was the baddest p4p fighter on the planet.  Such a savage, in all aspects of the sport.  It's unfortunate that he peaked like a week before the UFC picked up the WEC stable and made them superstars. WEC NEVA DIE!!!!


Agreed on all counts.

It was great seeing him fight in small shows in Indiana where he would be led out by a full mariachi band.  Crowd would go nuts.


Yep. He was doing it well before Diego Sanchez did it.

I've been watching him fight for nearly 20 years. He would fight at small shows, a lot of them at local bars, in NW Indiana all the time. As well as the big local shows in IN and IL as well (before they stopped them in IL).

He's got way more fights on his record that what is "official". And for years, he was fighting well above his natural weight class.

I think with all the fights he had and the way the game changed, he was one of those guys that came along too early.  When they finally started embracing lighter weight classes, his opponents changed. A lot more wrestlers, and a lot more guys that were compact.

He was awesome and could sell out local events on his own. And were talking circa 2002, before MMA got huge and before his exposure on television.

It's been fun watching him.

5 days ago
10/4/10
Posts: 13240

One of the all time best.

5 days ago
1/1/01
Posts: 50735

He was an amazing champion. For his time, he was the best. That's how I'll remember him.

5 days ago
11/29/11
Posts: 7187

Had an amazing run and like mentioned earlier in the thread, he is one of the smaller guys at his peak that was actually believable as a p4p best at the time. 

IMO his loss to Moraes is the best example maybe ever of "putting someone over" in the history of the sport. Moraes went from unknown and not good record but Anyone close to him or connected (Miguel knew and trained with him) knew he was dangerous as fuck. Miguel's momentum is still going with Moraes.

5 days ago
8/26/02
Posts: 6668
one of my all time favorites, thanks for so much entertainment.

good luck in the future
5 days ago
10/7/14
Posts: 57
I always tuned in for a Miguel fight. I loved the WEC days.
Edited: 5 days ago
11/9/10
Posts: 53277

His peak was as high as anyone's. He had 1 loss over a ten year stretch. He was entertaining as hell and always put on a good show. 

5 days ago
4/8/07
Posts: 35733

I feel sorry for the people that missed out on WEC events.  They were the best.  Torres was a beast.

5 days ago
7/19/12
Posts: 2824
That's deep. He truly knows what to do next. That's great. Awesome fighter.
Farewell Miguel!
5 days ago
10/14/10
Posts: 13503

He was awesome. Too bad his run in the UFC wasn't so great.

Always fun to watch 

5 days ago
7/27/04
Posts: 18512

I thought he beat mm when I was watching their fight

5 days ago
8/27/08
Posts: 3943

#1 p4p in his prime

5 days ago
7/27/13
Posts: 738

He was P4P top 3 in his prime. How many fighters could say that