Miguel Torres got back on track with a unanimous decision victory over Nick Pace. It was another showcase of the "new Miguel Torres" who has changed his game up since moving to Tri-Star Gym in Montreal. Instead of just charging in for the kill all the time, he uses his length a lot more effectively and fights at a more measured pace (no pun intended). And it's working.
Pace showed up for the weigh-ins at 141 pounds, five pounds over the limit. This infuriated Torres, and he took to his twitter to make that clear. In the bout itself, Pace seemed lethargic and tentative and Torres made him pay for it by taking every round on all three judge's scorecards. The bantamweight bout was the third fight on the UFC 139 preliminary portion of the card, and was streamed live on Facebook.
What was the high spot of this fight?
Nothing really stands out from the fight. The highlight for me was when one of Miguel's cornermen kept coming over and putting a hat on his head before the decision, but Torres kept throwing it back in the corner.
Where do these guys go from here?
Torres is still in a strange position. As a former champion, people have high expectations for him and the brutal decision in the Demetrious Johnson fight was crushing for his momentum. He's still a top-five guy at bantamweight and should be getting fights against the guys at the top. I think a bout against Scott Jorgensen makes a lot of sense for Torres' next fight.
Pace is now 0-2 in the UFC and 1-3 under the Zuffa banner. Worst than that is the fact that he's missed weight twice in those four fights. He has fought very tough competition though, and will probably get another fight in the organization. Someone book Nick Pace vs. Damacio Page, please.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Later. I'm tempted to say never because, let's face it, not a lot happened. But it's certainly worth checking out just to see how much Miguel's game has changed since his WEC days.
More BE coverage of UFC 139 in the full entry.
UFC 139 Results: FightMetric Scores Shogun vs. Henderson a Draw - Tim Burke
UFC 139 Results: The Resurgence Of Stephan Bonnar - Josh Nason
UFC 139 Results: Urijah Faber Earns Title Shot, Possible TUF Slot Against Dominick Cruz - Anton Tabuena
UFC 139 Shogun vs Henderson Results: Winners, Losers, and Other Thoughts - Matt Roth
UFC 139 Results: Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua Becomes the Ultimate Persuader - Leland Roling
UFC 139 Video: Full Post-Fight Press Conference Video For Shogun vs Henderson - Matt Roth
UFC 139 Results: Dan Henderson vs Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua Fight Video Highlights - Leland Roling
UFC 139: Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua Results and Post-Fight Analysis - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 139 Post-Fight Press Conference Coverage - Tim Burke
Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 102: UFC 139 Results Review - Matt Bishop
UFC 139 Results: Dan Henderson Wins Decisions Over Shogun Rua In An Absolute Classic - Matt Roth
UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson - Live Results and Play-By-Play for PPV Broadcast - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 139 Results: Wanderlei Silva Knocks Out Cung Le In The Second Round - Matt Roth
UFC 139 Results: Urijah Faber Chokes Brian Bowles Out With A Guillotine - Matt Roth
UFC 139 Results: Martin Kampmann Edges Rick Story with Split Decision Victory - Matt Roth
UFC 139 Results: Stephan Bonnar Dominates Kyle Kingsbury To Unanimous Decision - Matt Roth
UFC 139 Results: Ryan Bader Knocks Out Jason Brilz In The First - Matt Roth
UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Spike TV Broadcast - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 139 Results: Michael McDonald Knocks Alex Soto Out In The First Round - Matt Roth
UFC 139 Results: Chris Weidman Sinks In D'arce Choke to Beat Tom Lawlor - Matt Roth
UFC 139 Results: Gleison Tibau Wins Split Decision Over Rafael dos Anjos - Matt Roth
UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Facebook Stream - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 139 Results: Miguel Torres Puts On A Clinic Against Nick Pace - Matt Roth
UFC 139 Results: Seth Baczynski Finishes Matt Brown Early In The Second - Matt Roth
UFC 139 Results: Danny Castillo Finishes Shamar Bailey With Punches - Matt Roth