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Kelvin Hunt makes the case:
he exhibited some good attributes in the octagon. He ate several big knees from Guillard like they were cotton candy, and fought at a very high pace, almost relentless at times for the take down. He was able to get Guillard down several times as well which is no small task as Guillard has pretty good take down defense with his wrestling background. He is known to be well versed in submissions. He's only gone to a decision 3 times in 16 career fights with 12 finishes to his credit. Even with the loss, I think Torres is a good addition to the division and he may be able to make some noise provided he gets that cardio issue worked out.
Hunt attributes Torres' loss to cardio deficiencies stemming from a huge weight cut before the fight.
I have to concur with Kelvin that Torres is a fine addition to the UFC's lightweight division. What I saw was a big, powerful lightweight with incredible wrestling and excellent jiu jitsu positional control who was able to seize the initiative standing against a top notch boxer in Guillard. Torres lost the fight on his feet, but he never looked overmatched.
Unfortunately for Torres he was fighting an incredible athlete in Melvin Guillard -- a man Bloody Elbow boxing guru Brent Brookhouse believes could hang with B.J. Penn in a straight boxing match -- who is newly rejuvenated from training at a top-flight camp for the first time.
There is no shame in going to a three round decision against Melvin Guillard, especially a clean and sober Guillard who is benefitting from Greg Jackson's Yoda magic. And dominating Guillard for most of two rounds is an achievement any lightweight should take pride in.
But MMA ain't horseshoes or hand grenades and close don't cut it. It takes wins to stay in the UFC.
Torres should recover from this loss and rack up a few especially if he is allowed a tune up fight against someone with comparable UFC experience.