Bowles Knocks Down Torres: What Does Torres Need To Do To Get Better?

Darren WongSenior Analyst IAugust 10, 2009

VALENCIA, SPAIN - JANUARY 13:  Miguel Torres of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Levante and Real Madrid at the Ciutat de Valencia Stadium on January 13, 2008 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Miguel Torres was the definitive favorite going into his contest against Brian Bowles.

That didn't matter, though, as Bowles scored a big win to capture the WEC Bantamweight title.

The win was very reminiscent of Mike Thomas Brown's defeat of Urijah Faber, but not only because it was a shocking upset of a pound for pound fighter.

Torres and Faber are both extremely talented fighters, but there were warning signs that they were beatable.

Neither fighter breaks down the details of a specific fight going into it, and while both fighters may approach bouts somewhat differently, it seems like they simply feel like they can outclass their opponents without thinking of strategy beforehand.

Faber has stated that he does not train specifically for an upcoming fighter, but simply tries to improve his overall skill set while getting physically ready for a fight.

Against Jens Pulver in their first fight, he took on a heavy-handed striker, who would probably have been over matched if the fight became a grapple-fest.

Yet, instead of using a likely grappling advantage, he chose to stand and trade with Pulver.  The same neglect for specific details was probably a factor in his first loss to Brown.

Similarly, Torres was willing to get into absolute wars with some of his recent opponents instead of finding the easiest way to win.

And while he was able to pull off a decision against Takeya Mizugaki, he probably would have been better served by employing a different strategy.

But it is not only a lack of specific strategy that has caused the losses of Faber and Torres.

In his first fight with Brown, Faber attempted a back elbow from long range.  He had landed similar elbows against other fighters, but not fighters of Brown's calibre.

At the top level of competition, certain flashy moves need to be restrained in place of higher-percentage plays.

For example, it is okay that Jon Jones goes for crazy spinning back elbows against Stephan Bonnar, but if he tries them against Anderson Silva, there will likely be repercussions.

Silva is perhaps one of the few fighters who can consistently get away with some of his flashiness, but simply because he is on such a different level.

In the case of Faber and Torres, they need to use discretion with their flashy and aggressive moves, and employ more high-percentage attacks if they are going to regain their titles.

Otherwise, wrestling fighters like Bowles and Brown, who may not have the same talents but are otherwise stronger, sturdier, and more physical, will still be able to beat them.