By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran
At UFC 227 on August 4, IMMAF great Jose ‘Shorty’ Torres (8-0, 1-0 UFC) will aim to extend his undefeated professional MMA record with a second UFC triumph following his debut victory in the world’s leading MMA promotion.
Once dubbed ‘the world’s most decorated amateur’, the undefeated contender announced the end of his amateur career in 2015, posting a bar raising 25-1 record, earning back-to-back titles at the IMMAF World Championships in the two eyes prior.
‘Shorty’ completed a successful UFC debut at flyweight back in June, with a come-from-behind victory against Jarred Brooks (13-2). The two-weight Titan FC champion countered his opponent’s takedown slam to snatch a knockout victory late in the second round after accepting the bout on 9 day’s notice.
Speaking to MMAJunkie, Torres detailed the behind the scenes pressures of his short notice debut at 125lbs, having originally been in preparation for a 145lb featherweight title shot with Titan FC (video below). With more time afforded ahead of August 4, his primary goal now is to present a true debut of his talents on the UFC platform.
At UFC 227, taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Torres faces off against 20-4 veteran Alex Perez, age 25, who graduated to the UFC in 2017 via an impressive Anaconda Choke submission triumph while competing on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Since then, the Californian is 2-0 in the UFC.
26-year-old Illinois native, Torres, turned pro in 2016, five years after the pro debut of Perez. Having garnered attention with his extensive amateur credentials, ‘Shorty’ became the first 0-0 prospect to join reputable U.S. promotion Titan FC, where he put together a 7-0 run with world titles secured in the flyweight and bantamweight divisions.
UFC 227 is headlined by a world championship double header as bantamweight ruler T.J. Dillashaw meets former champion Cody Garbrandt in a heated and eagerly awaited rematch. In addition, pound-for-pound standout Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson meets Olympic wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo in a rematch of their 2016 encounter.
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