Undefeated prospect, Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres, is ready to pick apart the female elite of the UFC’s strawweight division.
Torres picked up a decision over Angela “Overkill” Hill at UFC 188. The bout, which opened the main portion of the card, was considered a lackluster affair by critics. Despite the boos, Torres’ takedowns and octagon control were enough to get the win on the judges’ scorecard.
It wasn’t the most exciting display from Torres, whose Invicta FC brawls with Rose Namajunas, Paige VanZant and Felice Herrig were the subject of highlight reels. Still, a win is a win and this victory gave Torres her second victory in the octagon – her sixth overall.
During her postfight speech, Torres explained that she expected to win and wanted to show off her versatility, though she knows she can improve. She added that she wanted to wait for a title shot. Even if Torres had wanted a championship bout, the Hill win may not have guaranteed her a title bout. However, it does give her a chance to fight a top-ranked opponent.
From a fan’s standpoint, I think she’s earned another bout with Namajunas, VanZant or Herrig. She could also face former 115-pound titleholder Carla Esparza in an official UFC bout. The two fought previously in the quarterfinals of the “TUF 20” tournament where the “Cookie Monster” won via majority decision to advance to the semifinals. Esparza eventually went on to claim the strawweight championship. In her UFC debut, Torres defeated Angela Magana via decision during the “TUF 20” finale.
Torres is one the young guns in the strawweight division. She came into mixed martial arts with plenty of amateur experience, as well an accomplished Muay Thai background. While she’s displayed proficient striking, her grappling has also improved in the last couple of years.
The 115 weight class is relatively new for the UFC. Despite this, the women’s strawweight division has a history and has been around, outside of the UFC, for some time. Within the UFC the division is going through a shift where the new guard is stepping up and taking on known veterans from the division. Much like Paige VanZant, and current strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Torres is ready to assert her place among the elite.