CORAL GABLES, Fla., Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tequila CAZADORES, the number-one premium tequila in the world(1) and Official Spirits Sponsor of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), is proud to announce the 18th recipient of the Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award – bantamweight fighter Miguel Angel Torres. Miguel is known for his strong will, competitive nature and loyalty to mixed martial arts.
Tequila CAZADORES and UFC invited fans (21+) to decide the Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award winner for UFC 123. Consumers had the opportunity to vote online at UFC.com for the fighter they thought demonstrated social responsibility, dedication to their art form, and good sportsmanship; the core values behind the Tequila CAZADORES brand and its sponsorship with UFC.
Miguel's win was announced LIVE on February 5, 2011, at UFC 126 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as on Pay-Per-View during the fighter's walk out to the Octagon. Tequila CAZADORES congratulates Miguel on his win and would like to thank the increasingly growing number of fans for voting and supporting the Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award.
A graduate of Purdue University, Miguel Angel Torres has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and specializes in Muay Thai Kick Boxing. Prior to his career in Mixed Martial Arts, he worked as a Radiologist's assistant for five years. His experience working in a hospital setting inspired Miguel to raise awareness for breast cancer. As the winner of the Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award, Tequila CAZADORES presented Miguel with a plaque and a check for a $1,000 donation made in his name to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
"Miguel's work-ethic in and out of the Octagon™ are an inspiration to us at Tequila CAZADORES," said Fannie Young, vice president and brand managing director, Tequila CAZADORES, "Miguel's dedication to his craft and strong, competitive spirit make him the perfect recipient of this award. We are proud to honor such a talented fighter who embodies the core values of our brand."
Tequila CAZADORES is the Official Spirit Sponsor of Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®). UFC is the world's leading professional mixed martial arts organization (MMA) that offers a premier series of MMA sporting events. The Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award is an honor that is presented to the UFC fighter who best exemplifies social responsibility, commitment to the MMA art form, or good sportsmanship. Each month the winning fighter is presented with a plaque and a $1,000 check from Tequila CAZADORES to the fighter's charity of choice.
Past winners of the Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award are:
Forrest Griffin - May 23, 2009
Rich Franklin - June 15, 2009
Randy Couture – July 13, 2009
Kenny Florian – Aug. 7, 2009
Nate Marquardt – Aug. 28, 2009
Tito Ortiz – Sept. 19, 2009
Brandon Vera – Oct. 23, 2009
Cain Velasquez – Nov. 20, 2009
Frank Mir – Dec. 11, 2009
Brian Stann – Feb. 5, 2010
Brian Stann (culmination award) – March 25, 2010
Diego Sanchez – May 27, 2010
Kurt Pellegrino – July 1, 2010
Clay Guida – Aug. 4, 2010
Kenny Florian – Aug. 28, 2010
Matt Serra – Sept. 25, 2010
Brendan Schaub – Oct. 21, 2010
Tim Boetsch – November 20, 2010
Miguel Angel Torres – February 5, 2011