“The future is bright for 135. I want to fight here for another two or three years, and once I have solidified myself at 135, I plan on moving up in weight. I can’t fight forever. I can dominate 135 for the rest of my career and be comfortable, or I can test myself and be out of my comfort zone and try to make more money. I think fighting at a higher weight class, there will be bigger purses, bigger paydays and more high-profile fights. So, I am looking to do that in the future. To go to 145, I wouldn’t get a huge bump (in pay), but if I were to go to 155 and get a three-fight deal (in the UFC), I am sure I could get a huge increase in pay. And then (I can) always come down to 135 or 145.”
Reigning WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres recently spoke to Versus about his future intentions on moving up in weight and eventually fighting in the UFC’s lightweight division. Since his debut with the WEC in 2007, Torres has been on a tear in the bantamweight division with wins over Jeff Bedard, Chase Beebe, Yoshiro Maeda and Manny Tapia during the impressive stretch. Torres last fought at WEC 37, where he successfully defended his belt against the aforementioned Manny Tapia. Miguel Torres is currently set to fight Takeya Mizugaki, who is replacing the injured Brian Bowles, at WEC 40 on Sunday, April 5, 2009.