Former WEC bantamweight champion and UFC veteran Miguel Torres was set to make his kickboxing debut on June 21 at GLORY 17 in the featherweight contender tournament.
Torres was set to face off against Shane Oblonsky in the semifinal of the tournament. If Torres had won the fight, he would have fought again against the winner of Gabriel Varga vs. Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai in the tournament final.
Unfortunately, Torres will not be competing at GLORY 17 anymore as he was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to an undisclosed injury.
Here is the statement from GLORY:
Shane Oblonsky has a new opponent for the GLORY 17 LOS ANGELES Featherweight Contender Tournament. He was originally set to face former WEC champion Miguel Torres in the semifinal stage of the four-man tournament. Torres has now withdrawn from the tournament. His place has been taken by Marcus ‘Baiano’ Vinicius of Brazil.
Torres was looking to start fresh in the world of Kickboxing, as his MMA career has taken a tremendous hit over the last several years.
After winning 17 MMA fights in a row and becoming the WEC bantamweight champion, Torres went on to lose six of his last ten MMA bouts.
Torres, who is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, was never considered to be an elite striker, but wanted to show off his striking prowess in the upcoming GLORY tournament.
At this time, there is no word as to how severe the injury Torres sustained is or whether or not he will attempt to make his GLORY debut down the road.