PRO MMA (promma.info) received the following press release from the WEC today regarding UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir’s opinion of WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres as the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world. For those who have heard Mir commentate one of Torres’ fights, his opinion of the WEC champ was most likely evident. Torres will be defending his title against Takeya Mizugaki on April 5th in Chicago.
UFC® Interim Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir has faced some of the toughest competition in the world. From 6’3”, 265-pound monster Brock Lesnar to the likes of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Tim Sylvia, Mir has defeated his opponents using precision punching and superior Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. With such an impressive resume, Mir is rightfully regarded as one of the sport’s best fighters.
He knows he’s not number one though, because the Las Vegas resident believes that honor should be bestowed upon WEC® bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres. Mir believes that Torres, who has won his last four WEC fights by stoppage, is simply a cut above the rest.
“I think he’s the number one fighter in the world right now,” Mir said of the 5’9, 135-pound Torres, whom he first met at a gym six years ago. “He has a warrior mindset. I think some guys make the mistake of thinking that being well-conditioned and having technical skills gives you what it takes to be a champion, and it doesn’t. There are so many things you have to deal with emotionally and in your mind. You have to conquer yourself. And that’s the difference between him and his opponents right now. He’s just mentally above everybody else.”
Boasting a record of 35-1, Torres is the type of fighter that Mir believes can dominate for a long time. A naturally gifted striker with an equally impressive ground game, Torres’ rise to fame is one that will be hard to ignore, Mir added. In fact, Mir thinks that Torres’ knack for finishing fights could earn him comparisons to one of the sports world’s most recognizable names.
“He just destroys people so badly inside the ring,” Mir, who will handle color commentary for VERSUS when Torres defends the bantamweight crown against Takeya Mizugaki on April 5, said. “I think it’s kind of like (boxer) Roy Jones back in ’97 and ’98 when he was just smashing people so easily. He would go play a semi-pro basketball game and then fly to a fight and then mock people, dance and dominate in the ring. I think that’s the kind of the level that Miguel is showing right now. He is just smashing people so definitively and making it look too easy.”
Mir realizes that things won’t be as easy when Torres takes on dangerous Japanese striker Mizugaki (11-2-2). Given the Japanese star’s affinity for trading leather, Mir acknowledges that Torres will have his hands full inside the cage at the UIC Pavilion in his hometown of Chicago. Still, he believes that the WEC® champion will find a way to score an impressive victory. Thanks to his grit and determination, Torres will have it no other way, Mir said.
“The only way I could see anybody really beating Miguel at this point is if they could just take him down and really just try to stall out in his guard and not get submitted,” Mir said. “If that’s even possible. But again, his hips are so fast and his guard is so lethal, I don’t know if anybody can survive that way. I don’t see anybody out there really standing up with him because of the height advantage he has, the speed, his toughness, his chin, his power and his killer instinct. And if they really try to open up their game and roll with him they will really be in trouble. He is just very determined and single-minded.”
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In the co-main event, Island Lake, Illinois’ Jeff Curran looks to make his case for a shot at the belt when he battles undefeated phenom Joseph Benavidez.
A longtime favorite of the Midwest fight scene, former WEC featherweight contender and title challenger Jeff “Big Frog” Curran (31-10-1) has long had his sights set on Miguel Torres, and he has even dropped down to the bantamweight division to chase his local rival. There is business to take care of for both men first though, and for Curran, that means his clash with Joseph Benavidez on April 5th. So expect the 30-year old Curran to come out with guns blazing in order to move forward in the crowded bantamweight division.
The 24-year old Joseph Benavidez (9-0) came to the WEC last December with a lot of hype due to his raw talent and impressive previous performances, and he lived up to the expectations with a big win over Danny Martinez. Now the stablemate of former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber is ready for the next step in his career, and for him, there would be nothing better than to add the name Jeff Curran to his victims list.
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