by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
"I knew he was going to come out and try to throw big
haymakers; try to knock me out. I trained hard. I worked a good gameplan,"
recapped the world’s No.
1 ranked bantamweight fighter. "I was waiting for him to come with big
shots… if I keep my distance, I can hold him with my jab. My jab’s pretty
That is exactly what Torres did, before dropping Tapia to
the mat and following up with a flurry of ground and pound for a TKO stoppage
in the second round.
He maintains that confidence when asked who should be on tap
next for a shot at the belt.
"I think Brian (Bowles earned) this fight a while ago.
I think he’s a very good opponent for me," said Torres
without missing a beat. "He loves to stand up; I love to stand up. His
jiu-jitsu is very good. His wrestling is very good. I think he’s a very
dangerous opponent. I’d love to fight Brian.
"Like I’ve said before, I’m in the WEC to fight the
best fighters in the world. I know he doesn’t have a huge record, but from what
I’ve seen of him, he’s a very, very honorable opponent."
Top 10 ranked fighter himself, Bowles definitely has the credentials to back
up consideration as the No. 1 contender to Torres’ throne. He has defeated
Charlie Valencia, Marcos Galvao, Damacio Page, and now Will Ribeiro since
emerging in the WEC, maintaining an undefeated record.
has respect for Torres, "I think he’s awesome. Anybody with a record
that good is obviously a good fighter." But he also feels he’s a deserving
contender. "I like to think I match up well with anybody."
Although WEC vice president Peter Dropick was noncommittal
on whether the two would face each other in their next bouts, Torres seems to
be lobbying for it as ardently as Bowles.
"I think Brian Bowles went out in the 135s and has
proven himself more than anybody. Jeff Curran called me out, talking some
smack. He’s just trying to get a fight without having to work for it. I see a
lot of what Brian does… he wants his time; I think it’s his time to get a
shot. He’s a complete fighter."
Now it’s up to the WEC to make it happen.