Picture: Jose Torres (centre, left) alongside training partners and UFC standouts Sergio Pettis (far left), Anthony Pettis (far right), and wrestling coach Israel Martinez (centre, right).
It’s been non-stop momentum for professional bantamweight contender Jose Torres over the past ten months. ‘Shorty’ announced his decision to turn pro after winning the 135lb gold medal for a second consecutive year with Team USA at the 2015 IMMAF Amateur World Championships in Las Vegas last July, taking his amateur record to 25-1. Immediately after his IMMAF triumph Torres joined the all-star stable of international standouts at KHK MMA in Bahrain. Then, Following the announcement of his anticipated professional debut with standout US based promotion Titan FC, Torres teamed with renowned nutritionist Lou Giordano in January with a goal to considerably reduce his need for weight cutting with a consistent and healthy weight management lifestyle.
The world’s most decorated Amateur MMA fighter was successful in his professional debut, submitting his opponent in dominant fashion via a Guillotine Choke at Titan FC 37 in March, airing live on UFC Fight Pass.
Fighting out of his home of Cicero, Illinois, the Combat-Do product posted his most recent updates via social media, featuring a current a stint with the world famous Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA team in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Torres has been training ahead of his second professional bout later this month.
Torres discussed his experience at Jackson’s MMA with IMMAF.org:
“Well I’ve been working very closely with Louis Giordano from LouTrition and at the moment he is working with Jon Jones for his upcoming fight. Lou highly recommended the gym and I needed a short but tough training camp for this upcoming fight. I couldn’t think of a better place than JacksonWinkMMA. It has the altitude, the bodies, and the knowledge to put me up against my next tough opponent at Titan FC 38.”
At Titan FC 38 on April 30th Torres is slated to face the experienced Brazilian and American Top Team product, Reynaldo Duarte, in Miami, Florida. Torres shared insight on how well he is evolving at Jackson’s MMA with a host leading UFC contenders from the lighter weight divisions who have featured as the backbone of his training camp.
“When it comes to the sparring classes they have so many people that the classes need to be split up, so I only go with the small guys. I’ve gone with John Dodson, Damacio Page, and my main training partner has been Sergio Pettis. It’s been great going with all of the guys at the gym and knowing that I can hold my own with the UFC’s best!
“It’s been a humbling opportunity because these are the best of the best here from around the world. I can’t mess with people here. I have to put full effort and technique into everything I do or else I’m getting hurt. This camp has shown me that I still have many things to work on and that’s what I wanted out of this camp.”
Written by IMMAF.org lead writer and website manager, Jorden Curran