One is coming off a highly-debatable loss that put him back into the middle of the pack in his division. The other is coming off a very entertaining back-and-forth bout he just came up short in, but always brings action and excitement when he's in the cage. Miguel Torres (38-4, 1-1 UFC) meets Nick Pace (6-2, 1-1 UFC) in a bantamweight bout at .
Torres is currently sitting at number 7 at bantamweight on the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, while Pace is unranked. Torres used to hold down the number one spot, but has faded a bit in recent years. Pace would most definitely make the list with a win over the former champion. This fight will be on the preliminary card, and will be streamed live on Facebook. The Facebook stream begins at approximately 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Torres: 30 years old | 5'9" | 76" reach
Pace: 24 years old | 5'6" | 68" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Miguel Angel Torres is one of the pioneers at bantamweight, going 32-1 in local promotions before getting the call to come over and fight in the WEC. After submitting Jeff Bedard in his debut, he was plugged right into a bantamweight title fight with champion Chase Beebe, from which he emerged victorious in less than four minutes. Torres defended his title three times, and two of his title fights were candidates of fight of the year. Finally he stepped into the cage with Brian Bowles, and ended up getting knocked out for the first time in his career in a back-and-forth war. He sunk even lower in the aftermath, getting submitted for the first time in his career by Joseph Benavidez at WEC 47. Torres managed to turn it around with one more WEC win and a move to the vaunted Tri-Star Gym, where Firas Zahabi taught him how to use his length. In his UFC debut, he jabbed his way to victory over alligator-armed Antonio Banuelos at UFC 126, but lost the aforementioned controversial decision to Demetrious Johnson at UFC 130.
Nick Pace is a Tiger Schulmann disciple that started his career in the Ring of Combat promotion in New Jersey. He ripped off five straight wins there and won the RoC bantamweight championship before he was called up to the WEC last year. He dropped an exciting decision to current title challenger Demetrious Johnson, but was brought over to the UFC anyway. Despite missing weight in his first UFC fight, he impressed everyone with an extremely rare pillory choke finish of Will Campuzano, that he dubbed "The Pace Choke". His next fight was just as exciting, but he came out on the short end of the stick with a unanimous decision loss to Ivan Menjivar.
Why should you care?
Both of these guys bring it every single time. If this fight doesn't do it for you, you need to check and see if you still have a pulse.
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