Tecia Torres
The Tiny Tornado

USA

Out
Injury Forearm
Est. Return 2/10/2020
Possible forearm injury in Uruguay
strawweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Fails to turn things around
strawweightUFC
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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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Booked for UFC Uruguay
strawweightUFC
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June 14, 2019
Torres will take on Marina Rodriguez in a strawweight bout at UFC Uruguay on August 10, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Torres is in a bit of a slump, as she hasn't emerged from the Octagon victorious since December of 2017, losing three straight fights since then. Most recently, she fell to Weili Zhang via unanimous decision at UFC 235 back in March. While all three of those losses were to past champions or title contenders, the promotion will allow her to take a step back here to potentially get back on track against a relatively green fighter. It would be unwise to underestimate Rodriguez, however, who is 11-0-1 in her professional career and earned her first UFC victory against Jessica Aguilar just over two months ago. Big height and reach advantages will go to Rodriguez, but Torres should enter as the betting favorite due to her experience edge.
Can't handle pressure of Weili Zhang
strawweightUFC
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March 2, 2019
Torres lost to Weili Zhang via unanimous decision (28-29, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 235 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was yet another case of Torres no-showing a fight against a talented opponent. Torres has earned a reputation as one of the better strawweights on the planet, but she has consistently come up short against better competition and she doesn't have a single knockout victory in her entire career. She tends to win with volume and on Saturday she was dominated in that department. Torres attempted just 54 total strikes compared to 230 from Zhang. Torres is far too small (5-foot-1) to move up to bantamweight and she's not good enough to compete against the best at 115 pounds. "The Tiny Tornado" has lost three fights in a row.
Matched against Weili Zhang
strawweightUFC
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January 7, 2019
Torres will take on Weili Zhang at UFC 235 on March 2 in Las Vegas, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Torres lost both of her matches in 2018 by unanimous decision, falling to Jessica Andrade in February and Joanna Jedrzejczyk in July. Despite the slump, her record with the UFC still sits at a solid 6-3. Her opponent, Zhang, lost her first match as a professional but has since won 18 straight, including two since joining the UFC.
Outclassed by Joanna Jedrzejczyk Saturday in Calgary
strawweightUFC
Out
July 28, 2018
Torres lost to Joanna Jedrzejczyk (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC on FOX 30 on Saturday in Calgary.
ANALYSIS
Torres made a concerted effort to get Joanna to the mat and her plan backfired in a major way. Tecia failed on all 10 of her takedown attempts and Jedzejczyk proceeded to pummel her in the clinch and along the fence. Torres is small (5-foot-1) for the division and she doesn't have a knockout win in her career. It's tough to defeat the best the sport has to offer if you can't stop your opposition. Torres is a darn good fighter but she has proven time and time again that she isn't on the same level of the divisions top-tier competitors. Saturday's performance just reinforced that fact.