UFC’s Flyweight division has always been dominated by pound for pound #1 ranked champion Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson. The division is always in need for new contenders but none of them carried the hype like Jose ‘Shorty’ Torres.
Jose Torres (7-0) is a former Cage Warriors two-weight division champion. Sounds Familiar? Superstar ‘the Notorious’ Conor McGregor had the similar resume before becoming the two-weight champion in the UFC as well. Torres steps in on short notice to face another prospect in Jarred ‘the Monkey God’ Brooks (13-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at Fight Night 131 in Utica. Despite being undefeated, getting just a ‘W’ is not the only focus for Torres this weekend.
“I’m a Justin Gaethje type of fighter,” Torres said ahead of the UFC Fight Pass-streamed flyweight fight. “As long as the fans are happy, I’m more than happy. And it’s one of those things, if they want to see me again, I’m technically doing my job as an entertainer perfectly.
“So I want to go in there, put on a show, challenge my skills against some of the best. And, again, it didn’t matter if it was Jarred Brooks for a last-minute call, Tim Elliott, Ryan Benoit, Sergio Pettis or the top guy (champion Demetrious Johnson) I’m ready to just face whomever and just have a good time doing it.”
“I’m a pressure counter-fighter – I’m a boxer-judo guy, but I have some muay Thai in between, I like to push forward no matter where the fight is going,” Torres said. “I’ve been dropped, broken hands, torn MCL on fights. I still push forward no matter what. Punch him with the broken hand, kick him with the torn MCL leg, doing so much, taking so many shots, cuts, bruises, stitches, all that stuff. Anything. And I just keep on moving forward.
“Jarred is the type of guy, I know he’s fast, I know he’s strong. And he has his wrestling, but I can tell he has fast hands. I can tell he has some stand-up game in him. He just needs someone to push it out of him and I think I can do that. Once I’m able to stuff his takedowns and he has no choice but to stand with me, I think it’s going to be an exciting fight.”
“For me, I know I can do it,” Torres said. “Skill-wise, I know I’m a great fighter. I’ve done so many things and only 7-0. McGregor was 14-2 at Cage Warriors and he won two belts. I was 5-0 and defended one in the process. I’m doing things in record time and I’m not planning on stopping any time soon. I was planning on going for a third belt, but this last-minute fight came in and I couldn’t say no.
“For me, it’s one of those things that I’m just trying to do as much as possibly in my possibly decently long career, we’ll se where it goes from here, but the UFC can be a huge pedestal to help a lot of people in my neighbourhood and around the world as well.”