Miguel Torres, an MMA pioneer and all-time great from the lighter weight classes, has decided to hang up the gloves.
Miguel Torres, who is considered as one of the pioneers of the lighter weights, has decided to officially retire at 36-years of age. The former WEC champion took to social media to make the announcement.
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
Torres started his career back in 2000, as a 19-year-old. As the lower weight classes were yet to be properly established then, he constantly fought much bigger men in small, unsanctioned events early in his career.
The Carlson Gracie product black belt also captured bantamweight titles in smaller organizations, before his success and popularity grew further when he joined the Zuffa-owned promotion, World Extreme Cagefighting.
Torres went on to win, then defend the WEC’s 135 lb title multiple times. Along with Urijah Faber, Torres was established as among the biggest stars of the promotion that focused solely on the lighter weights.
He lost the title in 2009, and eventually joined the UFC after it merged with the WEC. He fought 4 times with the promotion, officially going 2-2, which included a controversial decision loss to current pound-for-pound king Demetrious Johnson.
Following his UFC stint, Torres balanced teaching and running his academy with his fighting career. He competed a few more times at regional events both in Asia and the United States, with his last official bout being a submission win on September 2016.
As he closes the book on competing in Mixed Martial Arts, Torres will retire with an official record of 44-9. Not only was he able to cement himself as the best in the world for a stretch, perhaps more importantly, he helped pave the way and bring much needed attention to the smaller weight classes during his reign.