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Miguel Torres has Some Friendly Advice for Fedor: F*ck the Haters

(Before you criticize Torres for fighting smart against Banuelos, take a moment to refer back to that picture where you can see his freaking skull, would you please? PicProps: ESPN)

Remember back in 2004, when Nelly and Tim McGraw recorded that terrible duet and then made a video utilizing the magic of split-screen technology to show us that – while they might look and sound very different – they were actually leading surprisingly similar parallel lives? Man, if only we could do the same thing with Miguel Torres and Fedor Emelianenko right now. This situation practically screams for a buddy comedy: One is a wise-cracking former bantamweight champion from Chicago who tweets like a madman and lives life in the fast lane. The other is a stoic Russian former heavyweight champion who prefers the quiet surroundings of Stary Oskol over the city and  likely considers the internet a form of witchcraft. Oh brother, these two will never get along, right? Wrong.

Torres and Emelianenko are actually more alike than you might think, as Torres himself points out to MMA Fighting.com this week. Both guys were once the undisputed kings of their respective weight classes, but in recent times both have been cast into adversity by a pair of high profile defeats. It just so happens that Torres is a little bit further along the path to redemption than Emelianenko is, so he has some friendly professional advice for his unlikely spirit brother. Oh, also it kind of sounds like he’s totally pissed about the recent (unwarranted) criticism of his (winning) performance in his UFC debut.  It’s all after the jump.

“(Fedor is) at a crossroads in his life …,” Torres tells MMA Fighting’s Matt Erickson. “He needs to adjust to the times and start working on being a cerebral fighter (again) and not a showman. He needs to play catch-up in a world he used to dominate. That stings really bad, but you man up or get left behind … I say yes, (he needs to leave Russia). Russia will always be his home, but he lacks growth. Sometimes loyalty can hold you back … People will critique you and hate you for leaving, call you names and judge you for doing what’s good for you. I feel Fedor’s situation. It fucking sucks, but shit happens. All we can do is get better – and fuck everyone else.”

Look, when it comes to digging himself out of his current hole, Emelianenko could do a lot worse than to heed the advice of Torres. The former WEC 135-pound champ probably felt like MMA’s viewing public left him for dead during 2009-10, when he lost back-to-back fights to Brian Bowles and Joseph Benavidez. Since then, he’s rebounded with wins over Charlie Valencia and Antonio Banuelos but still has miles to go before he’s once again considered a candidate for a pound-for-pound ranking, as evidenced by his upcoming matchup with the middling Brad Pickett at UFC 130.

Still, Torres is doing it right. Like many high profile fighters before him, he recently left home to turn his career over to Firas Zahabi at TriStar gym in Montreal. He showed up for his official Octagon debut two weeks ago looking like a more complete, more intelligent fighter in outpointing Banuelos en route to a unanimous decision. The performance drew some criticism – and unfortunately it’s probably best that we leave for another day any discussion on how the UFC’s own broadcast team may or may not effect public perception on a grand scale – but was nonetheless effective. It has Torres poised to once again become a player on in the bantamweight division. On the other hand, making those changes wasn’t painless, Torres says.

“I left to find growth – and everyone hates me for it, saying I’m a deserter and forgot where I came from,” he says. “Even now, with my new style, people say I’m scared or not exciting. When I was training here, I didn’t give a fuck and fought for the fans. When I lost, everyone threw shit on me saying I was nobody. My new style is actually cerebral and smart. I don’t get hurt anymore, but lost fans. When I get the belt back, they will (love me) again, but I won’t care. I’m all grown up.”

Give Torres credit here for A) standing up for his own methods and B) saying what we’re all thinking about Fedor Emelianenko. It would be nice to see Fedor ditch the cozy confines of the Sport Palace in favor of one of the world’s top gyms, where a top trainer might be able to salvage his flagging career. While we’re not sure it’s entirely accurate to say “everyone hates” Miguel Torres for fighting a smart fight against Banuelos, if there are people out there giving him shit about it, we’re with Torres here: Fuck those people.

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KarmaAteMyCat- February 22, 2011 at 10:16 am
torres is right by the way. People need to stop hating on the man for no reason. respect what he's done and the choices he's made. Miguel is amazing and one of my idols in the bantamweight division.
DARKHORSE06- February 21, 2011 at 8:11 pm
This dude is the man. He fights with tons of heart and he's funny as fuck. And the power-mullet he rocks is the tits.
coldbeer78- February 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm
@Anhonestmoose

Dude, I envy you for having that song stuck in your head. That "Bang Your Head" song from karmas fight video is still haunting my skull right now.
Dan The Viking- February 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm
lol@RaginAsian

Ill be watching you closely. Taking notes.
bitteralex- February 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm
no no no.. that's not how you become jorge gurgel...
its more apt to say you study for years to become a lawyer and then you finally pass the bar... and then you take a job as a doctor... and you're left wondering why you were fired just because you couldn't tell the difference between a scalpel and a butter knife
RaginAsian- February 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm
Torres was boring. His ground game is leagues ahead of Banuelos, if he'd tried to get it there, he probably would've and gotten the finish. Instead he chose the Bisping Special. If he's fine with it, I'm fine with it, just don't expect me to watch his next fight.

But Banuelos gets equal blame. When he exploded, he scored without taking much damage in return. Too bad doing that for the last 10 seconds of every round doesn't win fights.
Dog Dicks Magoo- February 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm
They are both habitual line steppers. Fedor is fat and bald and Torres is a skinny Mexican with a mullet. The only thing they have in common is they both should live in a trailer park.
munche- February 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm
Torres points out what a lot of people seem to forget....for all the hate you get for being a boring winner, being an exciting loser lasts about 2-3 fights and you become Jorge Gurgel.
BryanF- February 21, 2011 at 11:55 am
Torres is hilarious. When the doctor asks him what the scar on his head was from he answered "...an elbow from a midget".
RwilsonR- February 21, 2011 at 11:45 am
Disappointing. I thought his friendly advice to Fedor would be on how to grow a mexi-mullet. Maybe with a rat tail to class it up a little for the state dinners with Putin.
Anhonestmoose- February 21, 2011 at 11:34 am
Thanks a lot CP, now that dumbass Nelly song is stuck in my head.
skeletor- February 21, 2011 at 11:24 am
Fedor and Torres were never that good.
FaH Q NL15- February 21, 2011 at 11:11 am
Couldnt tell if you were serious RSparrow. But fuck it, wasnt it benavidez who chopped that canyon?
GILL-uh-TEEN- February 21, 2011 at 10:55 am
Fedor eats bowls of ice cream that weigh more than Torres.
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- February 21, 2011 at 10:50 am
It's all anyone can do... keep rolling or get rolled over.
My philosophical shit for the day.
Suck it haters
RSparrow- February 21, 2011 at 10:44 am
CAN*
RSparrow- February 21, 2011 at 10:43 am
Holy shit, you can see his skull. Who'd he fight on that one?
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