In a fiery main card opener, Tecia Torres laid it all on the line to make a case for the strawweight title after a dominant performance over Michelle Waterson at UFC 218.
The Tiny Tornado
It was a dominant, dare I say, routine performance from Tecia Torres last night. Her ability to out perform her competitors, being faster, stronger, more athletic has been so fun to watch. Michelle Waterson was already not fighting to her strengths from the opening bell. Torres did a wonderful job of cutting off the ring and making Waterson fight at her range. The dirty boxing of Torres in conjunction with her excellent defense was more than enough to frustrate the ‘Karate Hottie’.
In her post-fight interview, Tecia Torres made light of the happenings during her fight. Happy with her own performance, and only upset at the fact that she wasn’t able to show more in the cage. Waterson did well to quell the onslaught during the second but there was very little being done to pressure Torres in terms of offense. Tecia Torres has a cyborg-like analysis of her own efforts within the cage. She mused on the possible path for a title whether it be against Joanna or Rose Namajunas.
Looking for gold
The claim for a title shot is well merited given her recent performances. Torres’ only loss coming at the hands of the newly crowned champion, it makes sense to set up a rubber guard match given how their careers have panned out since. Torres also mentioned a possible Claudia Gadelha could be in the works if an immediate rematch for the title happens. The lack of fear from Torres and her rapidly evolving skill-set are making her a force to be reckoned with at 115. Before her punches didn’t necessarily carry the same threat, but Waterson was very much in deep waters for a majority of the fight. Her prowess off the ground given her frame gives her an added layer of depth when it comes to grappling. All in all, there is a lot of upside for her career after an amazing win like that.