Former bantamweight champion Miguel Torres desperately needed a win at WEC 51 tonight after back-to-back defeats, and he did just that against Charlie Valencia.
Torres huge reach advantage appeared to puzzle Valencia in the opening round and he failed to mount any offense, while Torres was happy to use his jab and keep the fight at range.
A late flurry in the final stages of the round saw Torres dropping Valencia with a right before following up with some ground and pound as the bell sounded.
Torres really stepped things up in the second, connecting with a head kick that wobbled his opponent, then a knee that sent him to the canvas. Smelling blood Torres then seized Valencia’s back and after locking up the body triangle it was only a matter of time before he slipped in the rear-naked choke finish.
In the end it was an easy win for Torres who leaves the cage with barely a scratch on him, and moves to 38-3 in his career, while Valencia drops to 12-6.