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Defensive Torres is making a mistake - McDonald

ESPN staff
April 20, 2012

Michael McDonald says Miguel Torres' transformation into a cautious fighter has been a "mistake", and he plans to prove it when the pair collide at UFC 145.

Torres once put together a 37-1 MMA record as he became the ruler of the WEC bantamweight division. However, that all changed when he was knocked out for the first time by Brian Bowles.

Since that loss Torres has gone 3-2, fighting to a decision in his last three as he begins to employ a more defensive striking style. McDonald is convinced the Bowles knockout spooked Torres, and he is prepared to capitalise on Saturday.

"I think he's a little less aggressive, and honestly, I think that's a mistake," McDonald said to MMA Junkie. "He had, what, like a 30-fight win streak being aggressive, and he got knocked out once? I think that you should stick to what got you where you are.

"If you got knocked out, it's something as simple as you didn't have your hands up. The correction would be that simple, not changing your entire game. Just my hands weren't up, I wasn't technically prepared, go back, fix the mistakes and keep going to work."

McDonald has had his own lesson, suffering a one-sided loss to Cole Escovedo in 2009. Since then he has won seven on the spin, and he insists every fighter reaches a crossroads where he either stands and fights, or slips into the shadows.

"After I got beat up, I had to get a reality check," he said. "I don't have to do this. It doesn't define me if I don't want to. First and foremost, this is something I like and this is my job, and if people don't like it, p*** off. I'm not doing this for you guys, I'm doing it for me.

"This is a once in a lifetime experience. People would kill or die to have this kind of experience that I'm going through. I just want to enjoy it, and whoever they put in front of me, that's who I'm going to fight. Whether they want to have me fight the best in the world right now, or whether they want to keep me laying low. Wherever they think I should be."

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