Former WEC Champ Miguel Torres Retires After Bittersweet Career

There are several fighters that drove the acceptance of lighter weight fighters in mixed martial arts. Two of the most prominent, however, have called it quits.

On the heels of Urijah Faber‘s retirement and the announcement that he will immediately enter the UFC Hall of Fame, fellow former WEC champion Miguel Torres has hung up the gloves. 

Torres had been fighting for 16 years, having put the Midwestern American MMA scene on the map before rising to prominence as the WEC bantamweight champion. He drove his record to 37-1 before a rough run through the waning years of his career left his final standing at 44-9.

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Torres made his retirement official on Wednesday with the following post to his Facebook page:

Miguel Torres and Nick Pace at UFC 139“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 its 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 was always aware of these things but the show still went on. Can no longer do it the way i have been. To not do it the right way or to fight small battles in the middle of training camps leads to ugly situations in the cage. 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 bitter sweet, when you’ve risen from nothing to fly so high you burn your wings on the sun, the decent 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 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.”

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  • Larry Murillo

    Miguel Angel Torres was one of the best fighters in the world during the early part of his career. He manhandled most of his opponents while he reigned over the Bantamweights in the World Extreme Cagefighting. I for one am going to miss his enthusiasm and obvious love for this blood thirsty sport. I hope he stays in the sport as a trainer/manager or even spit bucket boy, don’t make any difference. I wish him the best of luck in the future and God Bless…..

  • Anonymous

    I met him at Kenny Florians gym when he came by there to train when he was still champ. Amazing talent and very friendly guy knowledgeable guy. When it’s time it’s just time. Definitely one of the best at his weight for sure

    • TheCerealKiller

      I always heard he was a really nice guy. I think he got screwed getting fired over the “rape van” joke.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah that was bs. It was a joke and since then UFC fighters have said and done much much much worse things and kept their job. They treated that as if he supports rape. Not to mention it was a quote from a TV show. But he was a really nice guy and had one of the sweetest haircuts in the sport

  • Murdock

    Sad to see another veteran pioneer ride off into the sunset …

  • George Sperry

    He was unstoppable then lost it so fast it was hard to believe.
    Best of luck Miguel.