MMAJunkie.com has revealed that former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres will join the early wave of WEC fighters competing under the UFC brand name when he takes on The Pit-trained Antonio Banuelos at UFC 126 this February.
Torres has found new vigor and has injected new life into his MMA career by relocating training camps and joining up with the renowned Tristar Gym in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Under the tutelage of head coach Firas Zahabi, Torres broke a two-fight losing streak that saw him lose his belt to Brian Bowles back at WEC 42 in August of 2009. Torres showed off a new striking stance and his old fire when he bounced back from the loss to Bowles and a subsequent defeat to Joseph Benavidez by submitting Charlie Valencia late this last September. With a record of 38-3, Torres is one of the WEC’s most experienced and well-versed fighters; he is looking to recapture his belt under the UFC banner.
Longtime Chuck Liddell pupil and bantamweight staple Antonio Banuelos will be looking to make it two in a row when he meets Torres in February. The Californian scrapper recently rebounded from a unanimous decision loss to Scott Jorgensen by defeating Chad George via unanimous decision. The 31-year old fighter is an established WEC veteran, having made his debut in the promotion at WEC 20 in May of 2006. With a record of 18-6, Banuelos will be looking to find success and string together some wins in the newly assimilated UFC bantamweight division.
UFC 126 will go down this February 5th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada and will likely feature bouts between UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and challenger Vitor Belfort as well as light heavyweight prospects Jon Jones and Ryan Bader.