IMMAF veteran champ Jose Torres wins Titan FC pro title

Two-time IMMAF World Amateur Bantamweight Champion Jose Torres scored the win last night at Titan FC 40 to earn the professional Flyweight title at at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. 23-year-old Torres  went into the bout with a professional record 2-0 to compete for the vacant title against Abdiel Velazquez (7-3) in the co-main event. Torres became the first 0-0 professional to join the ranks of Titan FC following his global dominance and a second consecutive IMMAF World Championship in 2015, marking the conclusion of his tremendous Amateur run. Holding an unprecedented 25-1 Amateur record, and often competing as the smaller man at 135lbs, it’s no secret that the experience gained from “Shorty’s” Amateur exploits has enabled him to waste little time in establishing himself as a notable professional. Torres made history as the first man to win back-to-back IMMAF World titles in 2014 and 2015, in addition to the UMMAF National Championships where victory saw him qualify for IMMAF’s world stage. Representing his home town of Cicero, Illinois, the Combat Do and Team USA alumni was invited to join the growing stable of Bahrain’s KHK MMA team alongside the likes of Frankie Edgar, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and IMMAF featherweight champion Frans Mlambo. Prior to his second professional bout, Torres made his way to the world famous Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he trained with top standouts of MMA’s lighter weight divisions such as John Dodson, Damacio Page, and Sergio Pettis. At Titan FC, last night, it took ‘Shorty’ Torres under two rounds to cap off a dominant performance with a KO at 3:52 into the round. IMMAF President, Kerrith Brown, said: ” I would like to congratulate Jose on behalf of IMMAF.  Torres demonstrates a superb example of how a solid Amateur foundation can pay off in the professional ranks, and represents a new generation of MMA athletes taking more time to develop their game early on through the competitive IMMAF Amateur circuit. It has been fantastic to watch Torres’ development since his IMMAF championship win in 2014. He is a true star in the making.”

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