Tecia Torres
The Tiny Tornado


Injury Hand
Est. Return 12/18/2020
Facing six-month medical layoff
June 23, 2020
The Nevada State Athletic Commission handed Torres a six-month medical suspension Tuesday after she sustained a left hand injury in her unanimous-decision victory over Brianna Van Buren over the weekend at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
The NSAC ordered Torres to undergo an X-ray, the results of which will determine whether or not she's subject to the ban that would bar her from competing until Dec. 18. Even if Torres' X-rays confirm that she's dealing with structural damage to her hand, she could still return to the Octogon before that December date with clearance from an orthopedic or sports medicine doctor.
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Snaps long losing streak
June 20, 2020
Torres defeated Brianna Van Buren via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's exceedingly rare these days for a UFC fighter to get a fifth opportunity with the company following four straight losses, but the UFC gave Torres another shot on the same card as her fiance Raquel Pennington, and she responded with one of her best efforts to date. Tecia was giving up plenty to Van Buren in both the strength and grappling departments, but her stand-up skills kept BVB off balance for the duration of the bout. Torres is one of the smallest fighters in the company (5-foot-1) but she can pick you apart if you stand in front of her. Torres was excellent on Saturday, but the truth of the matter is that she is a soon-to-be 31-year-old one-dimensional fighter. She needs to put a winning streak together.
Slated for June 20 event
May 22, 2020
Torres will square off against Brianna Van Buren in a strawweight matchup at a June 20 UFC event, MMAFighting.com reports.
Torres was originally scheduled to take on Mizuki Inoue on March 28 in Columbus, but the COVID-19 outbreak squashed those plans. She has a new fight in place as she attempts to keep her spot in the promotion despite four straight losses, taking on a newcomer to the circuit in Van Buren, who picked up a victory in her debut last July. Only one of Torres' 11 UFC fights has ever ended prior to the final bell, so look for the odds to reflect the likelihood of this one going the distance as well.
Gets another chance with UFC
December 28, 2019
Torres (forearm) will take on Mizuki Inoue in a strawweight bout at UFC Columbus on March 28, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Torres is currently riding a four-fight losing streak, with her most recent loss coming from Marina Rodriguez via unanimous decision at UFC Uruguay in August. The 30-year-old suffered a forearm injury in that fight that resulted in a 180-day medical suspension. However, Torres will get another chance with the promotion against Inoue, who will be appearing in her second fight under the UFC banner after winning her debut against Yanan Wu via split decision at UFC Shenzhen in August. Torres began her run with the promotion as one of the most promising fighters in the division, but a lack of striking power has led to her inability to compete against tougher competition. She'll likely be fighting for her future with the promotion against Inoue, who carries height and reach advantages.
Possible forearm injury in Uruguay
August 12, 2019
Torres (forearm) has been dealt a 180-day medical suspension by the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA), Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
Torres was dealt a significant upset by by Marina Rodriguez, but a possible forearm injury potentially provides some context for the defeat. Though she didn't let on during the fight, it's entirely possibly it affected her performance. She did eclipse the significant strike total from her past two fights by landing 41, with 12 of those being credited in Round 3. Nonetheless, she's now riding a four-fight losing streak, with each of those bouts going to the judges. Torres will need to get medical clearance in order to fight prior to February of 2020, but given the recent trend, that next bout may come under the banner of another promotion.
Fails to turn things around
August 10, 2019
Torres lost to Marina Rodriguez via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night in Montevideo, Uruguay on Saturday.
Torres really needed this win to get back on track. After starting her UFC run with a 6-1 record, she lost three-straight fights. Torres simply could not get it done. She did not have the striking skill to hang with Rodriguez on the feet. Torres tried hard to drag the fight to the floor, but she failed on all seven of her takedown attempts. After four-straight losses, she might find herself looking for employment from another promotion in the near future.