Miguel Torres and Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson produced an entertaining and closely contested three round battle at UFC 130 last night that left the judges with a difficult call to make at the end of the 15 minutes.
In the end it was Johnson who got the nod thanks to his repeated takedowns and top control, but a number of others watching, including this writer, felt that there was a solid case for Torres sweeps, elbows and submission attempts from his back to have earned him the victory.
Immediately after the fight Torres was simply disappointed that he hadn’t taken matters into his own hands.
“Sorry guys, I f*cked up and let the judges decide my fate. Johnson did a good job and had a great game plan,” he wrote on Twitter.
However, after having had time to sit back and watch the fight again Torres began to feel more disgruntled by the decision.
“Rewatched my fight, think I won based on effective attacks, sweeps & position control.”
He also pointed to a significant number of other prominent MMA sites who had scored the fight in his favor.
“Thanks to Sherdog, Heavy, Bloody Elbow, & MMAJunkie for scoring the fight in my favor. Bad judging can’t hold me down, I will be back.”
For his part Johnson stated at the post-fight press conference that he felt he had done enough to win, giving Torres only the first round.
UFC president Dana white also said backstage that he felt Johnson was a worthy winner, though he did admit it was a close fight.
While I felt Torres did just enough to get the win I certainly wouldn’t argue too much with the decision to hand it to Johnson who continues to impress despite being undersized for the division.
Another loss was not what Torres wanted though. After a remarkable run in which he lost just once in 38 fights he’s now gone 2-3 in his last five outings, with his wrestling in particular being a hole in his game that fighters like Johnson and Joseph Benavidez have been able to exploit.
At 30 Torres still has time to improve upon his takedown defense in particular, and with the other skills that he possesses that would help ensure that he would still a significant threat at 135lbs for some time to come.