Torres (9-1-0) is hoping an impressive victory on Saturday will earn her a trilogy fight against the newly crowned UFC strawweight queen, Rose Namajunas. The pair have fought each other on two previous occasions.
In 2013, Torres won a unanimous decision over Namajunas at the Invicta FC 6 event. However, in April 2016’s rematch, it was Namajunas who earned the unanimous decision win. Both fights were back-and-forth battles in which fans were divided on who truly emerged victorious.
Torres recently spoke about Namajunas during an interview with BloodyElbow.
On Namajunas’ victory:
The way she won was a shock. Winning in three minutes, that was amazing, but I had full confidence that Rose could be the one to go in there and take Joanna out. Rose has a great style, with movement in and out, and I thought that was what was needed to beat Joanna.
On her last fight against Namajunas:
That last one, I don’t think either of us performed to the best of our abilities. The fight was ok. It wasn’t the greatest fight, but it is what it is. It went to the judges and she won. Even though she won, I don’t think she put on her best performance, nor did I.
On wanting a title shot:
It’s funny, when we first fought in Invicta, they said that one day we’d fight for the title and I truly believe that one day we will fight for a title. I think Rose is an amazing athlete. I think she’s going to be a good ambassador for the women at 115lbs and I’m happy that she got that title and I think she deserves it. This sport is a business and we all want the same thing, so obviously I want that title, but I’m focused on Michelle right now.
“UFC 218: Holloway vs. Aldo 2” takes place this Saturday December 2 from the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan, United States. The main card featuring Torres vs. Waterson will be aired live on pay-per-view from 10:00pm EST.