Former WEC champion Miguel Torres announces his retirement from MMA

At one time, Miguel Torres was in contention for the title as the best pound-for-pound fighter in mixed martial arts as he reigned over the bantamweight division in the UFC.

Now Torres has decided to call it a career.

In a Facebook post late Wednesday night, Torres announced his decision to retire from the sport after 17 years and more than 50 fights on his professional record.

During his time with the WEC, Torres was a terror at 135-pounds as he ran through virtually every competitor on the roster while cementing himself as one of the top champions in the entire sport.

Torres defended his bantamweight championship on three occasions while routinely receiving praise as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in all of mixed martial arts.

Torres lost his belt in an upset to Brian Bowles in 2009 and he never regained that same level of success again.

Once the WEC was absorbed into the UFC, Torres continued his career in the Octagon where he engaged in some memorable battles including a razor close decision with current flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

His last fight in the UFC came in 2012 when Torres suffered a knockout loss to former title contender Michael McDonald.

Following his stint in the UFC and WEC, Torres would go onto fight in several different promotions with his last bout taking place in September 2016.

Torres retires with a 44-9 record overall including an 8-4 mark between the UFC and WEC.


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