Tecia Torres is an American mixed martial artist who is currently competing in the strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of March 16, 2020, she is #12 in the UFC women’s strawweight rankings.
Tecia Torres was born to a dysfunctional family, in which both of her parents were suffering from mental health issues. Her childhood consisted of poverty, constant moving, domestic violence, and her parents’ substance abuse.
Despite her background, Torres has been involved in martial arts since age 3. She began in taekwondo as a child and received her black belt after 12 years practicing the sport. Moreover, she has a black belt in karate, as well as a blue belt in Brazilian jujitsu. She also has an amateur Muay Thai record of sixteen victories and four losses.
Tecia Torres trains at a famous American Top Team camp from Florida. She is married to UFC bantamweight Raquel Pennington.
Before turning pro, Tecia Torres went undefeated as amateur fighting obtaining a record of 7-0.
In December 2013, Tecia Torres was announced as one of 11 women signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for its newly created strawweight division. It was also announced that she would compete as a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter reality series, as part of a tournament to crown the inaugural strawweight champion. She made her UFC debut against fellow Ultimate Fighter competitor Angela Magana at The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale on December 12, 2014.She won the fight via dominant unanimous decision, out striking Magana two-to-one over the course of three rounds. Since then she has a personal record in UFC: 10-5-0 (W-L-D).
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