One of the WEC’s biggest stars Miguel Torres made his UFC debut this evening at UFC 126 looking to make a strong first impression against Antonio Banuelos, but he wasn’t quite as successful in that regard as he would have hoped.
Torres started the first round cautiously, content to keeping Banuelos at bay with his huge reach advantage, snapping out his jab at times and finding a home for it more often than not. Meanwhile Banuelos was having a hard time getting inside and spent much of the round swiping at thin-air as a result.
Round two was more of the same from Torres, and while it wasn’t the most thrilling action we’ve seen from him, it was effective, demonstrating pin-point accuracy with his jab, bloodying up Banuelos in the process.
With Banuelos unable to find an answer to Torres reach, and appearing unwilling to use his wrestling, it was now easy work for to cruise to victory with the same gameplan in the third without having to shift up a gear.
Overall it wasn’t the spectacular debut Torres would have been hoping for, but with his first fight nerves out of the way he should now settle back into the exciting fighter we know him to be from his WEC career.