On his training...

"Itís going real good man. I got the best grappling guy that you can think of, Robert Drysdale. I also have Scott Bieri and some of Robert Drysdaleís Black Belts. I have an Ohio State wrestler and a Purple Belt in Jiu Jitsu; just some of the best grappling guys that you can think of. They are just trying to make a gameplan to beat Benavidez. Iím watching tape and Iím looking at things that he does right now, but Iím just trying to make myself a better fighter. I want my grappling to be better than everybodyís, not just Benavidez. Iím not just trying to make a gameplan to win in March, but a gameplan thatís going to beat everybody. Iím here for another week and then Iím going to be heading to Boston, but I feel good man."

On his upcoming fight with Benavidez...

"Iím not overlooking him at all. He comes from a great camp. Urijahís camp trains pretty hard. He showed some good standup in his last fight. He had an impressive knockout over Yahya. I havenít seen him on the ground too much. I donít know what his wrestling pedigree is, but Iím assuming itís great considering heís wrestled his whole life. Heís short, so itís going to make him harder to submit; shorter arms, legs and a more stocky neck, but it will give me an advantage in the standup game. I think heís going to want to stand with me. I foresee him eating a lot of jabs and a lot of my punches and kicks and I believe that will force him into a clinch or a takedown and it will be in my world again. So, like I said, Iím not looking past any of his abilities. I know heís a tough guy, but Iím training real good and real smart with some good guys."

"I think this fight is more important than having a title shot or a rematch with Bowles. This fight is going to show what kind of fighter I am and show how I can bounce back from a loss. This fight is going to send a statement to everyone else that Iím going to face in the future."

On Bowles vs. Cruz...

"I think Bowles can put Cruz away if he catches him with one of those right hands, but other than that, I think Cruz is a better wrestler and he has good angles in his striking, so if Cruz fights a smart gameplan, I think he can walk away with the decision. I donít see Cruz putting Bowles away, but I see him winning a decision. We havenít seen Bowles touched yet, so itís hard to say."
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FIGHTHYPE \\ MIGUEL TORRES: "THIS FIGHT IS GOING TO SEND A STATEMENT TO EVERYONE"