Tecia Torres explains career turnaround
In 2018-2019, UFC women’s strawweight Tecia Torres went 0-4, and her big show career appeared to be in jeopardy. However, in 2020, “The Tiny Tornado” went 2-0, and explained the career turnaround in a recent Spanish language interview with Danny Segura for MMA Junkie..
“I think the change was in my mentality,” said Torres, via translation. “I had issues before with believing in me, and now I feel like I can do anything I want.
“I feel like one day, I’ll be champion at strawweight. I did have four defeats against Weili Zhang, Marina [Rodriguez], Joanna [Jedrzejczyk], and Jessica Andrade, and the four of them are some of the very best in the UFC. I feel like I’m the only strawweight who’s fought against all the champions. I fought Carla [Esparza], Joanna, Weili, Jessica, and Rose [Namajunas].”
“During that [losing streak], I had a depression and I had no motivation to continue forward. I didn’t want to retire, but I did want to take time off from fighting. I didn’t want to go to training and I didn’t want to hear anything about the UFC.
“I did know that I needed to change my mentality. At that time, I was talking to a counselor who was helping me, and after that I feel like my mentality changed. Now I feel great. I have two wins, and I think one day we’ll have a Boricua champion in the UFC.”
Torres was scheduled to fight Angela Hill in a rematch at UFC 256 on December 12, but “Overkill” tested positive for COVID-19. Hill is back in the gym, daily refining her Stephanie Smith technique, and Torres, ranked #9, is game for that fight, but hopes for someone with a higher than #12 ranking.
“I’d like to fight as soon as possible and I’d like to fight against someone that’s above me in the rankings,” explained Torres. “I’d like to fight someone like Carla Esparza, Michelle Waterson, Claudia Gadelha, Yan [Xiaonan].
“I was talking to the matchmaker and I was told many of the top girls can’t fight – they have fights booked. So I might fight Angela Hill again. If not, I might have to wait until May or June to get someone that’s above me in the rankings. If not, I won’t like to fight anyone that’s not above me.”
Torres believes she’s two wins from a shot at the title now held by Weli Zhang. UG, who do you think “The Tiny Tornado” should fight next?Join the discussion on this topic...