Tecia Torres
The Tiny Tornado

USA

First knockout win of career
StrawweightUFC
December 12, 2020
Torres defeated Sam Hughes via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 1 at UFC 256 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It took a late-notice opponent change, but Torres finally has the first knockout victory of her eight-plus year MMA career. Possessing an overwhelming speed advantage on the feet, Torres went about pounding Hughes with combination after unanswered combination. Hughes appeared to be in the fight following the end of Round 1, but she told her corner in between rounds that she couldn't see and that's all the cageside physician needs to halt the bout. As for Torres, she has now won back-to-back fights following a four-bout losing streak.
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New opponent Saturday
StrawweightUFC
December 8, 2020
Torres will now take on Sam Hughes at UFC 256 Saturday, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Torres' original opponent Angela Hill tested positive for COVID-19 and had to pull out. The UFC was able to find a replacement fighter for Torres on short notice. Hughes will be making her UFC debut against Torres who will be gunning for her 12th professional win.
Won't fight Hill on Saturday
StrawweightUFC
December 6, 2020
Torres will no longer face Angela Hill at UFC 256 on Saturday after Hill tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hill revealed her positive COVID-19 diagnosis Sunday, and she'll no longer be able to fight Saturday. The promotion hasn't yet announced whether the matchup against Hill will be rescheduled or whether Torres will receive a new opponent for Saturday's event.
Paired against Angela Hill
StrawweightUFC
October 19, 2020
Torres (hand) will face Angela Hill at UFC 256 in Las Vegas on Dec. 12, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Torres has handed a six-month medical suspension after injuring her hand while defeating Brianna Van Buren by unanimous decision back June, though she's evidently been cleared to return slightly before six months are up. That win ended a four-fight losing streak. In Hill, she'll face an opponent who's lost two straight fights.
Facing six-month medical layoff
StrawweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Snaps long losing streak
StrawweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.