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Miguel Torres making Octagon debut at UFC 126

Former WEC bantamweight champ Miguel Torres (38-3) looks set to compete inside the Octagon for the first time in his career on February 5th at the UFC’s annual “Super Bowl Weekend” show in Las Vegas. Torres’ opponent at the event is expected to be fellow WEC veteran Antonio Banuelos (who will also be making his promotional debut).

News of the rumored match-up was first reported by HeavyMMA.

Torres and Banuelos are each coming of victorious outings in what will ultimately be their final appearances for WEC, both of which came at WEC 51 this past September. Torres was able to submit Charlie Valencia a little more than halfway through their bout, while the 18-6 Banuelos was able to outpoint Chad George on all three judges’ scorecards and earn his fourth win in five fights.

In addition to what will no doubt be an energetic scrap featuring the well-rounded 135-pounders, UFC 126 is also rumored to involve Anderson Silva defending his middleweight title against Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin fighting Rich Franklin, and a collision between two of MMA’s brightest 205-pound prospects, Jon Jones and Ryan Bader.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I can’t see how any fan could be against this merger…

  • I think this was a fair trade for losing Dunham Vs Florian…..Hopin to see Miguel win a ufc title shortly….or at least hear his Mariachi music followed by California Love as him and Urijah prepare to do battle in the octagon!

    Rece Rock…well said.


    I think we will see the best Miguel Torres ever in his UFC debut-All of a sudden the UFC has no excuse for not putting on exciting fights in every future event now that the WEC fighters are finally in the octagon

  • Rich S. says:

    Well, it’s about a year late. But, hopefully Miguel will debut with a bang.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    I have to disagree with people on this one. just because the WEC has merged with the UFC does not mean cards will improve. I actually think it will have the opposite result, we will have more UFC cards and a lower standard. The merge will just mean more and more UFC cards and you will have to pay to see WEC fighters instead of seeing the best of the lower weights for free. Do you think that ZUFFA was doing this for us or their bottom line?.
    The only positive I see coming from this is that we will get to see WEC vs UFC clashes. Just like we SHOULD get to see UFC vs SF or DREAM or Bellator. But no we don’t do we. So does the UFC have the best? NONE of us will ever know but we will get to find out if WEC or UFC fighters are better. A step in the right direction but 1 step out of many that ZUFFA wont take until it is in THEIR interest.


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