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Miguel Torres Released From UFC, Joins Titan FC

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Miguel Torres informed fans through his website that he has been released by the UFC and will make his next fight for Titan Fighting Championships on November 2 in Hammond, Indiana.

I am writing this letter to inform you that as a result of my last loss, I was cut from the UFC. My next fight will be in Hammond, Indiana for Titan Fighting Championship on November the 2nd.  I am excited to continue fighting, to regain my focus and to get back to what made me a champion.

A special thank you to my manager, Glenn Robinson, my trainer, Firas Zahabi, my training partners, and all the staff at the UFC. I have dedicated my whole life to mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. From teaching, to training, and fighting from the lowest to the highest levels, my passion in life is to be the best that I can be. Until November 2nd…

Torres (39-5) was knocked out in his UFC 145 fight against Michael McDonald, and compiled a 2-2 record for the promotion after the merger with the WEC.

Torres was the WEC bantamweight champion for 18 months, taking the belt from another local fighter, Chase Beebe. He defended his title three times, including once in Chicago against Takeya Mizugaki at WEC 40. He surrendered the title to Brian Bowles at WEC 42.

This is the second time Torres has been cut from the promotion. He was released after making some incendiary comments on Twitter, then later reinstated.

Torres also came under heavy criticism for his fighting style after joining the UFC. He was subjected to boos during his fight with Antonio Banuelos at UFC 126, while fans complained that he left his patented style of attack back in the WEC.

He discussed his change in fighting styles with Heavy.com before his fight with Demetrious Johnson at UFC 130.

“I’m not trying to impress anybody when I go out there, I’m not trying to be a showman anymore. I’m trying to be the best fighter I can be; be the smartest fighter I can be, and stay safe. It’s the business that I’m in; I’m in the business of fighting. Before, I used to look at fighting as this passionate thing, I would go out there and just try to impress everybody, make everybody happy. If you run your business that way, what happens? You’re gonna go broke, you’re gonna go bankrupt, and that’s what happened to me. I fought Benavidez and lost that fight, and that put me in line to make a big change in my life.”

Titan Fighting Championships tweeted that they have indeed signed Torres to fight on November 2.

“We are excited to have @MiguelTorresMMA join the Titan FC roster..expect a great fight Nov. 2nd #TitanFC”

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