Antonio Banuelos’ Twisted Idea of Fun

By Frank Curreri

What many consider meaningless, Antonio Banuelos considers meaningful. What others regard as frightening, he regards as enlightening. What some perceive as painful, he perceives as amusing. Simply put, the 31-year-old Californian is ‘a fighter’s fighter.’ And if there was ever any doubt, the John Hackleman and Chuck Liddell protégé’s sentiments leading up to his Feb. 5 battle against MMA legend Miguel Angel Torres should set things straight.

“It’s going to be an all-out brawl,” Banuelos said with cheer in his voice of his looming showdown with the former world champ. “15 minutes of fun.”

Fun? Fun!?

Against Miguel “I-Dare-You-To-Mock-My-Mullet” Torres?

Really?

It’s quite a telling statement, especially since Banuelos, as much as anyone, must be keenly aware of the perilous task he signed up for. He cannot credibly plead ignorance headed into the UFC debut for both men. Himself a lighter weight pioneer, Banuelos (19-6) has been fighting for a decade, a year shy of his silver-tongued adversary. So he’s had plenty of time to witness the lengthy path of devastation and destruction that the iron-willed Mexican-American (Torres) has wrought upon the 135- pound division.

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