"When I go to a gym, if the guy is technical and very good, I'm going to be technical. If he is just a brawler, then I'll brawl with him. I have the ability to spar with anybody at their level. I don't know why I do that, if it's just a pissing contest, or if I'm just cocky, but it's just what I do. DellaGrotte said that wasn't impressive at all. "You're dropping yourself to their level. Why would you even let that guy touch you?" he said. I said I don't mind getting hit, and he said, 'That's not smart.' He explained it to me. Everyone knows you're super tough, everyone knows you can take a punch. Everyone knows you're the man. You want to impress somebody? Don't get touched. Don't get hit. I was frustrated by that. I said, 'No, I want someone to hit me.' It's the macho thing. And he said, 'You know what you need? I'm going to help you.' And he hugged me. At first, I said, "Let go of me man." But he just kept hugging me. It was kind of funny, but I did need a hug. No one ever gave me a hug before. It was what I needed."
-Miguel Torres talks to Cagewriter about famed trainer Mark DellaGrotte's unique training style. Torres spent time with the famed trainer before UFC 100, working with DellaGrotte, Kurt Pellegrino and Kenny Florian.
Torres (37-1) is known for his rough exterior and stereotypical "Mexican machismo" brawling fighting style. He's facing perhaps his toughest test professionally when he takes on Brian Bowles at WEC 42. Torres is considered among the world's best pound-for-pound fighters and will look to extend his win streak to 17 against the undefeated Bowles.