Antonio Banuelos Has a Family in “The Pit” and Is Excited For Fight at UFC 126

By Joshua Carey

UFC 126 will feature a bantamweight clash between two of the divisions most talented fighters when Antonio Banuelos (18-6), squares off against former champion Miguel Torres. Banuelos entered the sport professionally in 2001, learns under the tutelage of renowned coach John Hackleman at “The Pit” in Arroyo Grande, CA.

The Pit has been home to Banuelos since the beginning of his career and when the bantamweight contender has a fight on his schedule it means one thing, intensity.

“It changes when I have a fight because normally we’re working out to stay in shape, so when someone has a fight the intensity picks up and John changes it. He makes us do what we have to do and we get the job done.”

To Banuelos, “The Pit” is more than a gym, it’s a family. Hackleman and UFC Hall of Famer Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, have spent countless hours by the bantamweight’s side preparing for fights and the knowledge shared is invaluable.

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