There's always that one fighter who doesn't make the main card, but is clearly good enough to be on it. Miguel Torres is the former WEC bantamweight champion, and has been a dominant fighter in his career.
Torres has was not himself in his last fight with Antonio Banuelos, but who can blame him?
It was his UFC debut and now Torres is set to face Demetrious Johnson at UFC 130 this Saturday.
Torres is an exciting fighter and has amassed a career record of 39-3—pretty impressive for a guy who is only 30 years old. In comparison, Georges St-Pierre is 22-2 and is the same age. Two of his three losses have come against top fighters too.
No one's going to say Joseph Benavidez and Brian Bowles are easy competition.
Torres has gone through some more obvious wear and tear. But out of those 39 victories come 32 victories by some sort of finish. Torres has 23 victories by way of submission and nine by way of knockout.
Thats not to mention also that he successfully defended his bantamweight belt three times after beating Chase Beebe for the belt at WEC 32.
Torres is an exciting fighter, and to prove that point he has won "Fight of the Night" honors twice in his career—both in a title fight.
After the calls of how he wasn't himself and how he wasn't aggresive enough against Banuelos, Torres has something to prove to the UFC brass. Torres wants that bantamweight belt back and most likely will lay everything on the line come Saturday night.
Its a tough road ahead for Torres, but hes an exciting enough fighter. Torres was deserving of the final slot on the main card instead of Stefan Struve vs. Travis Browne.
When Torres comes out and wins in exciting fashion, those who doubt him will see that the old Miguel Torres is still very much alive.