There’s a storm brewing between WEC bantamweight champ Miguel Torres and would-be contender Jeff Curran. Back in November we posted about Curran calling out Torres and basically saying he ain’t shit. Now Miguel Torres has responded in an interview with Ariel Helwani:
Considering the fact that Curran is also from Chicago, how big would a Curran vs. Torres fight in Chicago be?
Oh, it would be huge. It would sell out in a matter of days, I think. Curran and me have been in the area for a long time. Curran has been talking a lot of (expletive) about me, pardon my language, and I hope Curran wins the fight because I want to fight him so bad. I have known him for a long time, and we have been cool, but now he sees what I have. He never wanted to fight at 135 because he never saw any future in it. I had faith in 135 for the longest time and now it’s paying off for me. Now he wants to take what I have, and he’s not going about it the right way. He’s talking a lot (expletive) about me.
What’s he been saying?
He did a Q&A at a WEC event, and a fan asked him what he thought about Miguel Torres at 135. He said, ‘I respect Miguel a lot, but he doesn’t have anything for me. When I fight him, I am going to kick his ass and take my title from him.’
He’s (also) called me out in my hometown. He came to a fight in my hometown, I wasn’t at the show, and he got on the stage and called me out. He said he couldn’t wait to get to 135 to take his title, and different things like that. Curran is just trying to hype a fight, and he is doing a pretty good job of it. But with a fight like that, I wouldn’t train to beat Jeff Curran, I would train to hurt Jeff Curran. He’s made me really angry in the last couple of weeks.
Now all that needs to be done for this fight to happen is for both Torres and Curran to get past their opponents on April 5th. Torres is fighting Takeya Mizugaki, a hot/cold fighter that Sherdog profiled last month. He’s a replacement for Brian Bowles, who fucked up his back. Curran faces Urijah Faber’s butt buddy Joseph Benavidez, so there’s plenty of chances for this feud to get derailed before it can hit a boil.