The following is from our live coverage of WEC 51: Aldo Vs. Gamburyan. To access our full round-by-round coverage of the main card, click here.
Round 1: Torres keeping his left hand out as a feeler, taking a low stance. Torres is backing Valencia down but nothing of notw has been landed at 3:30. Torres with a jab. Another stiff jab. Valencia with a leg kick. Torres with a leg kick. Torres looking to keep things at a measured pace. Torres pushing forward with a solid combo, landing some nasty body shots off of a stiff jab. Torres has Valencia against the cage. They trade knees and then break. Torres hits Valenica low and the ref calls time. Torres apologizes and Valencia shakes it off. They touch gloves and go back at it. Valencia with a nice low kick. Valencia showing much more adept movement now. Valencia avoiding the jav for the most part. Torres pours it on at the end and knocks Valencia down, hammering with some ground and pound. Valencia scrambles and ends the round on top.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Torres
Round 2: Valencia tries for a head kick that is blocked. Torres keeping his left hand low and his shoulder up tight. Torres taking the center of the cage and walking Valencia down. Valencia fails on a takedown. Torres unloads and crumples Valencia to the mat. Valencia looking to hold on, they separate briefly and Torres drops Valencia again with a knee. Torres is all over Valencia on the ground, he passes guard and then takes Valencia’s back. Torres looking for the RNC, he has a body triangle locked. He sinks it and Valencia taps. Great showing for Torres.
Miguel Torres defeated Charlie Valencia via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:25 of Round 2.
Torres gives props to Firas Zahabi and the Tristar Gym for his solid performance.