Tecia Torres Believes She Has Earned A Shot Against “Thug” Rose

Tecia Torres is in line for a title shot.

UFC Strawweight, Tecia “Tiny Tornado” Torres improved to 10-1 in her MMA career (6-1 in the UFC) with and unanimous decision victory over Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson, at UFC 218.

Torres’ striking is what did the job over 3 rounds, and in the final round, she took Waterson’s back and delivered gruesome blows that almost finished the fight. In the post fight scrum, Tecia said she was confident going into the match.

“I knew I was gonna be stronger and faster than her.

“It was more like a boxing match than a karate match. That’s okay. I had fun in there.

“Nothing surprised me…and I felt like she was ready to give up multiple times in that fight.”

Tecia also felt like this fight marked a turning point in her carreer:

“I felt tonight that I was getting back to the fighter that was in Invicta – the hungry fighter -and I really want it more. Especially with the change of belts. You know Rose [Namajunas] is the champion now and I’m happy that she’s there she’s a true representation of the Strawweight division.”

Torres is 1-1 against Namajunas, having lost their last encounter by decision. She said she feels she has earned a shot at the belt, but UFC boss Dana White has said longtime champion Joanna Jedrzejyzk would get an immediate rematch after being dethroned by Rose at UFC 217. Torres said she is okay with that:

“I’m not against Joanna getting the next title fight. She was champion for 7 title defenses I think, so she definitely deserves it if they give it to her.”

When asked who she would want as a contingency fight, Tecia was open to fights with Claudia Gadelha or the winner of Jessica Andrade vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz, scheduled to take place at UFC on Fox 28. Though ideally, Tecia wants the belt.

She has trained with Rose in the past, but has no qualms about fighting her again:

“Business is business we all want the same thing.”

When asked about her advantage in a 5-round championship fight she said:

“I feel like my movement and my pace definitely surprised some of the girls, because I am very fast. I’m able to get in there and get out.”

But still, nothing bad to say about the champ Rose:

“She’s a true representation of this Strawweight division and it’d be an honor to fight her a third time for a title.”

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