The depth of UFC 126's card can be attributed to a lot of different things, but it's clear now that the UFC/WEC merger has had the greatest impact. Although we're still in the infancy of a post-merger UFC, all signs seem to indicate a greater overall product for the fans. Miguel Torres and Antonio Banuelos are a perfect example of this. With Torres we have a young fighter who was once touted as being one of the pound-for-pound best and in Banuelos a man who has never stopped giving it everything he's got to reach the top. Both men are making their UFC debuts and neither want to disappoint.
Torres is probably the more talented of the two, but Banuelos is more blue collar. Antonio doesn't win pretty fights and his brawling and grinding style make him work for everything. The 5'9 Torres will enjoy a sizable reach advantage over Banuelos, who, at only 5'3, is going to have to close the gap to get his shots in. Torres will want to keep this fight standing, but he's going to need to be on point with his leg kicks. If Torres can use them effectively to keep his distance — along with a stiff jab — and avoid being taken down he should win this fight. Banuelos wants to get inside and take Torres to the ground. If Torres gets lazy with his kicks and allows his opponent to catch one, that's exactly where he will end up.