Tecia Torres

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Tecia Torres
Born (1989-08-16) August 16, 1989 (age 29)
Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
Other names The Tiny Tornado
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)[1]
Weight 115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)
Division Strawweight
Reach 61 in (155 cm)[2]
Style Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Colorado Springs, United States
Team Triple Threat Gym
Rank Black belt in Karate[3]
Black belt in Jhoon-Rhee Taekwondo[3][4]
Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[5][4]
Years active 2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 13
Wins 10
By submission 1
By decision 9
Losses 3
By decision 3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Tecia Torres (born August 16, 1989) is an American mixed martial artist who is currently competing in the strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of September 11, 2018, she is #6 in official UFC women's strawweight rankings.[6]

Background[edit]

Torres has been involved in martial arts since age 3. She began in taekwondo as a child, and received her black belt after twelve years practicing the sport. She also has an amateur muay thai record of sixteen victories and four losses.[7]

Torres graduated at 20 years old in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Florida Atlantic University. She earned her masters degree in Criminology from the same college in 2017.[8]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Torres started her amateur mixed martial arts career in 2011. She won each of her seven bouts, obtaining 115-pound titles in MMA Solutions, US Freedom Fighter Championship and American Battle Championships.[9][10][11]

In 2012, Torres moved to professional mixed martial arts and signed with Invicta Fighting Championships.[12]

Invicta Fighting Championships[edit]

Torres made her professional and promotional debut against Kaiyana Rain on October 6, 2012 at Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama. She won via unanimous decision.[13]

Torres faced Paige VanZant on January 5, 2013 at Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt, winning on all judges' score cards.[14] She then won a unanimous decision over Rose Namajunas on July 13, 2013 at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg.[15] Her final bout of 2013 was against Felice Herrig on December 7, 2013 at Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith. She won via unanimous decision.[16]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

"I want to become the champion and hold that belt. I don’t want to just win a fight and then lose it in my next fight. I want to create the Tiny Tornado legacy."

—Torres after signing with the UFC[17]

In December 2013, Torres was announced as one of 11 women signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for its newly created strawweight division. It was also announced that she would compete as a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter reality series, as part of a tournament to crown the inaugural strawweight champion.[18] In the season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter, Torres was selected by Team Melendez with the second pick. Third-ranked Torres was matched against #14 Randa Markos. She lost the fight by unanimous decision.[19]

Torres was the overall no. 3 seed in the tournament and picked second by coach Gilbert Melendez. She faced Randa Markos in the preliminary round and, in a surprise upset, lost the fight via unanimous decision over three rounds. Torres, however, was allowed back into the tournament when Justine Kish injured her knee in training. She was transferred to the team run by Anthony Pettis and defeated Bec Rawlings in the preliminary round by unanimous decision. She faced Carla Esparza in the quarter-finals and lost via majority decision in two rounds.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Torres made her UFC debut against fellow Ultimate Fighter competitor Angela Magaña at The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale on December 12, 2014.[20] She won the fight via dominant unanimous decision, outstriking Magaña two-to-one over the course of three rounds.

Torres next faced TUF 20 alumnus Angela Hill on June 13, 2015 at UFC 188. She won the fight by unanimous decision.

Torres was next expected to face former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Michelle Waterson at UFC 194. However, Waterson pulled out of the bout on November 24, 2015, citing a knee injury.[21] She was replaced by promotional newcomer Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger. Torres won the fight by unanimous decision.[22]

Torres faced Rose Namajunas in a rematch on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19.[23] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[24]

Torres next faced Bec Rawlings in a rematch at UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie on February 4, 2017. At the weigh-ins, Rawlings came in at 117.5 lbs, over the women's strawweight limit of 116 lbs. As a result, Rawlings was fined 20% of her purse, which went to Tecia Torres and the bout proceeded at a catchweight.[25] Torres won the fight by unanimous decision.

Torres faced Juliana Lima on July 7, 2017 at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.[26] She won the fight via submission in the second round.[27] The win also earned Torres her first Performance of the Night bonus award.[28]

Torres faced Michelle Waterson on December 2, 2017 at UFC 218.[29] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[30]

Torres faced Jéssica Andrade on February 24, 2018 at UFC on Fox 28.[31] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[32]

Torres faced Joanna Jędrzejczyk on July 28, 2018 at UFC on Fox 30.[33] She lost the fight by unanimous decision.[34]

Fighting style[edit]

Torres employs constant lateral movement while combining elements of taekwondo and karate.[17][35] She frequently utilizes kicking techniques, occasionally following a high or low kick with a fast side kick.[36] When punching, she will often press forward with a flurry of high strikes.[35][36] Torres does not often utilize submission techniques, but has demonstrated submission defense.[36]

Personal life[edit]

Torres is of Puerto Rican descent. She is openly lesbian and engaged to UFC Women Bantamweight Raquel Pennington.[37]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • MMA Solutions Global
    • MMA Solutions amateur strawweight title (one time)
  • US Freedom Fighter Championship
    • USFFC amateur strawweight title (one time)[10]
  • American Battle Championships
    • ABC amateur strawweight title (one time)[11]
  • Women's MMA Awards
    • 2013 Strawweight of the Year
  • AwakeningFighters.com WMMA Awards
    • 2013 Strawweight of the Year[38]
    • 2013 Newcomer of the Year[38]
  • Bleacher Report

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–3 Joanna Jędrzejczyk Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2 July 28, 2018 3 5:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Loss 10–2 Jéssica Andrade Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens February 24, 2018 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 10–1 Michelle Waterson Decision (unanimous) UFC 218 December 2, 2017 3 5:00 Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 9–1 Juliana Lima Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale July 7, 2017 2 0:53 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 8–1 Bec Rawlings Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie February 4, 2017 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States Catchweight (117.5 lbs) bout; Rawlings missed weight.
Loss 7–1 Rose Namajunas Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans April 16, 2016 3 5:00 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 7–0 Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger Decision (unanimous) UFC 194 December 12, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–0 Angela Hill Decision (unanimous) UFC 188 June 13, 2015 3 5:00 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 5–0 Angela Magaña Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale December 12, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Felice Herrig Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith December 7, 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 3–0 Rose Namajunas Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg July 13, 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 2–0 Paige VanZant Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt January 5, 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 1–0 Kaiyana Rain Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama October 6, 2012 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Strawweight debut.

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–2 Carla Esparza Decision (majority) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned December 3, 2014 (airdate) 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 20 Quarterfinal round
Win 1–1 Bec Rawlings Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned November 12, 2014 (airdate) 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 20 Elimination round, Torres was brought back into competition after an injury to another contestant
Loss 0–1 Randa Markos Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned September 10, 2014 (airdate) 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 20 Elimination round

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

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