"He's coming into my backyard to face me. He's not just facing me, he's facing my friends and family. I perform better under pressure. Now I have to train harder because there is a target on my back. I think Takeya is going to bring a good fight, and I'm ready for anything he's going to show me. I feel like this is my time to shine. Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a fighter. This isn't just something I picked up because I was good at boxing. Everything I've done has moved me to this goal. I feel like it's my destiny. To be able to represent my city of Chicago, in Chicago, is a great honor for me."
-- WEC Champion Miguel Torres at WEC 40 press conference