It’s rare that a fighter sees his release from the UFC as a positive step, but as Miguel Torres looks to rebuild, it seems like the perfect idea for him at this point in time.
Torres announced last week that he had been released from the promotion recently, following a loss to UFC bantamweight contender Michael McDonald in April, and has now signed on with Titan Fighting Championships.
It’s been an up and down road for Torres over the last couple of years, and his manager Glenn Robinson believes that, in the long run, this really will help Torres become the fighter he needs to be.
“Right now, Miguel is one of those guys who focuses on today, and so right now he’s very busy personally. Going to Titan was his chance to kind of sharpen his skills back and get back to who he was,” Robinson told MMAWeekly Radio recently.
There’s no doubt Torres’ career in the UFC was a roller coaster both in and out of the Octagon.
Torres went 2-2 overall during his time with the organization, but also hit the headlines after he was released and then eventually rehired following a controversial Twitter message talking about rape. Robinson believes that leaving the UFC will allow Torres the time to rebuild and refocus, and then he can hopefully return to the form that once saw him sit atop the 135-pound division.
“Sometimes in life, in order to move forward, you have to kind of step back a little bit. With everything going on in his life, this just worked out,” said Robinson.
The first step back to prominence for Torres will be fighting on the upcoming Titan Fighting card scheduled for Nov. 2 in Hammond, Ind., just miles away from where the former WEC champion resides.
The fresh start will allow Torres to compete, but not with the same amount of pressure looming overhead as he had in his last bout in the UFC.
As far as his relationship with Zuffa and UFC officials, Robinson points out that Torres’ release wasn’t based on any past bad feelings or a strained relationship. It was just the right time to cut ties.
“No bad blood, no hard feelings, it’s just something that is good for everybody,” Robinson stated. “This is the start of a new future for him.”
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