Unlike most mixed martial artists, Jose “Shorty” Torres, 26, of the United States took the road less traveled, forging a legendary amateur career before turning professional. It was in that scene that he became two-time world champion for International Mixed Martial Arts Federation and was able to get his college degree.
As a professional, Torres became two-weight division champion early after the transition, something he credits to his amateur experience. He shared, “I had this whole amateur career.”
“That was important for me, being able to win gold,” Torres continued. “Then coming back to a much more stacked division and winning in dominant fashion again, on the day I graduated college, was special to me. It was because of that experience that I was able to fight for a title in my third pro fight and then getting the other belt in the fifth”.
After winning titles at flyweight and bantamweight and defending both, Torres signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he had 1 win and 1 loss. Eventually, he signed with Bahrain-based MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation.
Torres’s relationship with Brave CF comes a long way. At amateur and professional levels, he has represented KHK MMA, a Bahrain-based martial arts organization founded in 2015 under the patronage of His Highness Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa for its current CEO and Brave CF president Mohammed “The Hawk” Shahid.
Also, Torres served as a commentator in the inaugural Brave CF event titled “Brave: The Beginning” on September 23, 2016 at Khalifa Sports City Arena in Isa Town, Bahrain. He came back as a guest commentator for “Brave 18,” which took place at the same venue on November 16, 2018.
On April 19, 2019, Torres will leave the microphone on the side to put on the Green Hill/Brave CF gloves for the first time looking to become, once again, a two-division champion. In his way stands the undefeated Egyptian-Swedish fighter Amir “The Prince” Albazi, 25, who is also making his Brave CF debut.
“Amir is a phenomenal opponent, 11-0, a very good jiu-jitsu grappler,” Torres said of his “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” opponent. “His standup is okay. I’m not going to say it’s great or bad but he hasn’t gone up against a faster, more explosive counter-attacker like myself.”
“Can he take me down?” Torres asked. “I’m an All-American wrestler so what’s his game plan if he can’t take me down? Or even if he can hold me down, is he going to be able to implement his submission game on me? I’m excited to see what happens on fight night. I don’t think he’s going to beat me.”
Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Torres and his family: