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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Torres back with something to prove

By Franklin McNeil
ESPN.com

Miguel Torres
Former WEC champ Miguel Torres is back in the UFC after a brief exile.

Experiencing a brief exile from UFC was difficult for Miguel Torres. Fortunately, that chapter of his life is over.

Torres has been reinstated, and he's eager to get his bantamweight career back on the positive track with a victory April 21 over Michael McDonald at UFC 145 in Atlanta.

“I’m so happy to be back in the UFC and that they’ve given me such a game opponent like Michael McDonald,” Torres said. “Preparing for this fight, I only have one thought in mind, and that’s to finish my opponent at UFC 145 and show the world I am back.”

Staying mentally focused during training camp is just one hurdle Torres (39-4) must overcome. While the former WEC 135-pound champion has a more impressive résumé, McDonald isn’t someone to take lightly.

With only one loss in 15 pro fights, McDonald is currently riding a seven-fight win streak. He also has won each of his four bouts under the Zuffa banner.

Torres was released from UFC’s roster in December following an inappropriate tweet on his personal Twitter account. He was reinstated later in the month after performing community service, issuing apologies and meeting with UFC president Dana White.