Once upon a time, an 18 year old kid, weighing 120 pounds and fresh out of high school, asked his dad if he could fight in an “event” being held in a local bar. His dad thought he had gone crazy and refused to grant permission. The kid proceeded to show his dad a tape from the UFC showing Royce Gracie handling and defeating much larger opponents. Against his better judgment, his dad finally caved, opening the door for an unlikely career that has yet to reach its greatest potential.
That kid’s name was Miguel Torres. His official MMA record is 34 – 1, though Torres claims at least another 12 victories unaccounted for in today’s popular databases.