Miguel Torres (40-5) is going to move forward and not allow his recent UFC release hold him back. Torres was released twice in the past 12 months. The first was due to a date rape tweet he made and the second wasn’t clear, but speculation was that it involved a disciplinary action.
“I was upset, but I’m not going to try to sit there and contemplate why things happen,” said Torres on The MMA Hour. “More, just react to them and get back on the horse and keep rolling. I’ve done too much in my career to sit down and contemplate why. I don’t ask why, I just ask what’s next.”
After the release in August, he signed with TFC and will debut on their November 2 show. He was promised the show would be built around him since it hails from his hometown in Hammond, Indiana.
“What made me what I am today is coming from the area and environment that I grew up in,” said Torres. “To be able to come back to this environment and fight for my fans and my family, for me, it’s refreshing.”
Torres’ isn’t certain what happened with his second release. He had made amends with the UFC about his rape tweet and was coming off a loss to Rory MacDonald (13-1) back in April. The release, which occurred months after the loss, surprised him.
“You know, I thought I was pretty good on Twitter,” said Torres. “I didn’t think I said anything too crazy. I think, pretty much after what happened to me last time, everybody’s on their best behavior. I’m pretty sure that might have factored in there somehow, but I always do my best and I always go out there and put up a fight, win or lose.”
As for his future, Torres plans to fight for at least four more years as the training doesn’t bother him.
“I want to fight until, at least, 35 [years old],” said Torres. “My body’s doing extremely well. I don’t have any serious injuries. I don’t feel tired of fighting, I don’t feel tired of training, and that’s the biggest thing for me. I know in my mind, when I get up and I don’t want to train anymore, when I get up and don’t want to put the time into the hard work, then it’s time to call it quits.”