"The only way I feel I should get a title shot is if I win convincingly. If it goes to a split decision, or if I perform badly, I don't think that I deserve it."
-- Jeff Curran, who will fight Joe Benavidez on Sunday at WEC 40
After Curran's war of words with WEC champion Miguel Torres, he backed down a bit on his demands for the belt. When Curran crossed paths with Torres on Thursday, they were respectful to each other, even shaking hands. Curran did take a second to tell Torres to buy new shorts, but that was warranted:
Torres was wearing a pretty beat-up pair of shorts for Thursday's open workout. Aside from his shorts, Torres was all business in getting ready for Sunday's fight. He brought with him a few feared, highly trained workout partners.
He grappled with UFC fighter Kurt Pellegrino, and sparred with the one-year-old son of his coach, Eugene Calderone. Torres got the best of Pellegrino, but clearly, the young Calderone is a challenger for Torres in the future.
- Jeff Curran