Tecia Torres picked up one of her biggest UFC victories to date this past Saturday, defeating Michelle Waterson via unanimous decision. “The Tiny Tornado” believes the victory has earnt her a shot at UFC strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas.
“But really, I’d like a title fight,” Torres said. “I’d like that grudge match. I think it’s a fight that fans want to see.”
The pair have already fought each other twice. Torres claimed the decision victory in the first meeting at Invicta FC 6 in 2013, and Namajunas won the UFC rematch via the same method last year. The two young fighters each had the honor of giving each other the first professional losses of their respective careers, so already there’s plenty of history between them.
“I think the story is there,” Torres said. “And I think it would be a great fight for the fans and for myself. Nothing against Rose, business is business. I want that title fight, and I’ve been wanting it for a long time.”
Torres says she was very impressed with Namajunas’ victory of Joanna Jedrzjedczyk. However, she says she knows exactly how hard the “Thug” hits, and won’t let it affect her.
“I was totally impressed by Rose in her last fight, but I mean … there wasn’t really much to see out of that,” Torres said. “You’ve seen Rose as a fighter. She’s very unpredictable. She’s very good at her jiu-jitsu, very good striker, well-rounded fighter. Every fight presents something new, so I wouldn’t be able to pick something out of there. It would just be me and her fighting.”
“I know how she hits,” Torres said. “I’ve taken her hits for six rounds, so it’d be a fun fight, and I’d be very comfortable and just excited about it. She’s a true representation of the strawweight division, and it’d be an honor to fight her a third time for a title.”
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