Jose Torres has fought another man inside a cage or a ring 26 times. He’s been at his craft as an MMA athlete for the last five years.
That’s a substantial career for many. For Torres? He’s just getting started.
“Shorty” has taken a different path than most of his peers. Now 23 years old, he has been an amateur fighter since he was 18. Many MMA fighters only take a handful of amateur fights before turning pro, so they can begin getting paid. Torres has applied a boxing strategy to mixed martial arts — and traveled the world to boot.
The top-ranked amateur fighter in the world will finally make his pro debut Friday night at Titan FC 37 in Ridgefield, Wash. His opponent will be Travis Taylor, who is also fighting for the first time as a professional.
Torres has been good enough to be a pro for a long time. But he chose college and a wrestling scholarship to Division II McKendree University over getting paid to fight. He graduated in May with a degree in leadership and sports and exercise science with a 3.8 grade-point average.
“I think I’m good [at MMA], but hey, look at [Rafael] dos Anjos, he just missed out on a big fight just breaking his foot,” Torres said. “Things happen. I was like, you know what, let me finish school, get my degree just in case I’m not good enough.”
That wasn’t always the easiest decision. Torres went to school in Missouri and had to drive to the Chicago area to train at his Combat-Do gym. His sole income came from his job as a resident assistant at McKendree, which paid him a meager salary od $75 every two weeks. That basically just went to gas. Meals came from the school dining hall. Torres made good use ….View full article
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