Former WEC bantamweight titleholder Miguel Torres snapped a two-fight losing steak with a submission win over Charlie Valencia at WEC 51.
For the first time in his career, Torres entered the cage coming off back-to-black losses. He had changed training camps to the Tristar Gym in Montreal and refocused, returning to the role of student and it looked to have paid off.
Torres showcased a new stance and used his 76 inch reach to establish his jab and set up combinations. In the final moments of the first round Torres pushed an off balance Valencia to the ground and unleashed a barrage of punches. Valencia improved his position and was getting back to his feet as the bell sounded but Torres clearly won the opening segment.
Torres went back to his jab and combinations in the second round forcing Valencia to wilt against the fence. Torres took his opponent’s back and finished with a rear naked choke.
Torres attributed his win to his new camp and training partners. Asked what he‘s learned most from his time preparing in Montreal, Torres said, “to have patience no matter how long it takes and to learn how to wrestle better.”
In featherweight action George Roop delivered a left high kick early in the second round of his bout with Chan Sung Jung, putting “The Korean Zombie” to sleep.
Roop utilized his reach and variety of leg kicks to keep Jung on the outside in the first round. Outside of flurry by Jung, Roop controlled the opening period.
Jung came out aggressive in the second round but Roop’s length presented him problems.
At 1:30 in round two, Roop caught Jung with his hands down and landed a left high kick to the jaw of the Korean rendering him unconscious before he hit the canvas.
“I’m a long fighter and I knew he was going to come in really aggressive. He’s a brawler. I thought that my percussion striking was going to definitely win the fight,” said Roop following the knockout.