Maybe not the most exciting UFC debut of former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres, but don't confuse that with it not being a smart fight.
Torres had a 6-inch height and 13-inch reach advantage over Antonio Banuelos, and that made all the difference at UFC 126 in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Torres kept his distance, and Banuelos struggled to get close enough to do significant damage. In a battle of bad haircuts from 1992, Torres emerged victorious. All three judges scored it 30-27.
"I did what my coach told me to do, and I stuck to my gameplan," Torres said. "I didn't want to commit too much and get hurt because I know he's a very dangerous fighter on the inside."
It's the second straight win for Torres (38-3) after losing back-to-back fights then going to Montreal to work at Tristar Gym with George St-PIerre's trainer Firas Zahabi.
Similar to GSP's win over Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 in December, Torres used the left jab to dominate the fight. On few occasions, Banuelos (19-7) was able to get close enough to land a few shots, but it wasn't enough. Torres, with his hunched-over fighting style, dictated the pace of the fight.