Miguel Torres was furious on twitter last night following Nick Pace's failure to make weight. He's also had a rough career since dropping the WEC bantamweight belt to Brian Bowles. Tonight was reminiscent of the old Miguel Torres. Immediately establishing his boxing and reach, Torres quickly jumped ahead on all cards. Nick Pace was unable to close the distance to land punches and when he clinched against the cage, Torres was just too active with knees and punches. Miguel used a kimura to get the takedown but Nick Pace was able to scramble and stand.
The second round was more of the same with Miguel Torres landing some big knees and leg kicks. He also beat Nick Pace up in the clinch with short punches and elbows. Pace did get the takedown but didn't land any punches while on top. Torres was throwing short elbows and punches before hipping out and standing up. He was clearly back in his element.
The third and final round was possibly the best round of Torres' UFC career. He landed some big punches and knees while continuously pushing forward. In the clinch he just didn't allow Nick to create any space using his head to grind into Pace's jaw. To close out the round he attempted a Rolling Thunder kick. He won the Unanimous Decision with all judges seeing the fight 30-27.
Miguel Torres is 2-1 in the UFC and 39-4 overall. Since his loss to Brian Bowles at WEC 42, he hasn't really been able to mentally open up and attack at the same pace he was known for. Tonight he looked like the old Miguel Torres. Nick Pace drops to 1-2 in the UFC and has lost his last two fights.