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Miguel Torres video: Can a smarter fighter be a player in the 135-pound title hunt?

Steve Cofield
Cagewriter

Miguel Torres was as exciting as they came. His go-for-broke style helped him roll up a 37-1 record and move as high as No. 4 on the pound-for-pound list back in early 2009.

His banging style eventually cost him and he ran into a couple of knockout punches. Now he's re-worked his game to essentially become a points fighter. Do you like it? Torres does.

"I fought my last fight against Demetriuous Johnson, he got the decosion and he ended getting the title shot. So a fight against me can make or break somebody," Torres told Cagewriter. "and I understand. I want to go out there and be very aggressive, finishing fights, but I have to be careful also."

Working with Georges St-Pierre's trainer Firas Zihabi, Torres is now working behind his jab and scoring points. Sound familiar? Will this get Torres an eventual title shot? Standing with less fighters like Nick Pace could also get him caught.

Without explosive wins, Torres (40-4, 2-1 UFC) is now stuck in the middle of the pack from No. 5-15 at bantamweight. Will he get a rematch against Joe Benavidez next or should the UFC throw him someone like Brad Pickett, Scott Jorgensen or Renan Barao?

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