Miguel Torres fires camp; now Dellagrotte, Drysdale

by Steve Cofield | source: yahoo.com
 

Some media outlets called it the upset of the year. It was shocking to see Brian Bowles take out Miguel Torres at WEC 42 and it did upset the former bantamweight champ. Torres realized he had gotten into a comfort zone, was surrounded by yes men and was fighting with the wrong approach.

"I've used the same training partners for 11 or 12 years, and I haven't brought any of them back for this fight," Torres told the Las Vegas Sun. "What ended up happening was — I wasn't getting cocky, they got cocky. They would say, 'Oh, you're going to kill this guy. He's only got seven fights.'"

Torres knew he needed a fresh set of faces around.

"The guys I had coaching me were there just to give me water and talk my face off. They weren't giving me anything I could use. Looking back, I can see there were a lot of things off. But I was in a bubble at the time and couldn't see it."

He just spent a month in Las Vegas working with a whole new team. And he heads to Boston next, to live and work with Mark Dellagrotte. His time in Sin City was spent with Robert Drysdale, a dynamite jiu-jitsu instructor while Dellagrotte's speciality is striking. Torres wants to get back to using all elements of his game.

"I want to change the way I finish fights," Torres said. "I was trying to go out there and put on a show, impress the crowd and make them look at the 135-pound division. I've done that enough. It's time to put my health and safety first."

Torres' had a repuation as one of the most well-rounded fighters in the world and for the last few years submissions and a ground game disappeared. Torres got to thinking he could outslug every opponent. He got caught against Bowles.

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hackett site profile image  

1/27/10 2:26 PM by hackett

  And he loves his carne asada!!!

hackett site profile image  

1/27/10 2:26 PM by hackett

  And he loves his carne asada!!!

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1/27/10 2:04 PM by Hillary

I was there for a week while he was training with Drysdale and watched all of his training sessions and got thrown into the rotation a few times. Anyone doubting Robert's teaching should be slapped, it was one of the more impressive things I've ever seen. He'd work five minute rounds and Robert would mention details during the one minute breaks (then finally go over them in more detail after the "fight") from round to round Miguel improved, and he went from being very good to noticeably more impressive in just a week. Miguel may come off as cocky in the interview (I didn't think so), but he's a very humble, fun person in person and works harder and listens better than almost anyone I've ever seen. I wish him nothing but the best and hope he wins his fight.

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1/27/10 2:04 PM by Hillary

I was there for a week while he was training with Drysdale and watched all of his training sessions and got thrown into the rotation a few times. Anyone doubting Robert's teaching should be slapped, it was one of the more impressive things I've ever seen. He'd work five minute rounds and Robert would mention details during the one minute breaks (then finally go over them in more detail after the "fight") from round to round Miguel improved, and he went from being very good to noticeably more impressive in just a week. Miguel may come off as cocky in the interview (I didn't think so), but he's a very humble, fun person in person and works harder and listens better than almost anyone I've ever seen. I wish him nothing but the best and hope he wins his fight.

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1/27/10 1:18 PM by hackett

  Looks fine to me, and 2500 sq feet. I miss the Carlson Gracie bulldogs though. He does mention Master Carlson in his bio on the site. I'll try and watch this vid tonight, always a Torres fan TH

hackett site profile image  

1/27/10 1:18 PM by hackett

  Looks fine to me, and 2500 sq feet. I miss the Carlson Gracie bulldogs though. He does mention Master Carlson in his bio on the site. I'll try and watch this vid tonight, always a Torres fan TH

GardnerD site profile image  

1/27/10 10:32 AM by GardnerD

Sounds good im always up for a wager. I went at looked back at the pics and I feel his gym looks like a dump. This has nothing to with his work with children. Although, If I had a child I would probably recommend a cleaner facility.This is all my opinion and Im really just breaking balls, kinda.

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1/27/10 10:32 AM by GardnerD

Sounds good im always up for a wager. I went at looked back at the pics and I feel his gym looks like a dump. This has nothing to with his work with children. Although, If I had a child I would probably recommend a cleaner facility.This is all my opinion and Im really just breaking balls, kinda.

lcarus site profile image  

1/27/10 4:38 AM by lcarus

It's just so he can be closer to his husband Mir

lcarus site profile image  

1/27/10 4:38 AM by lcarus

It's just so he can be closer to his husband Mir