Jose “ Shorty” Torres, KHK’s bantamweight (61Kg) prospect picked up his first win in professional mixed martial arts (MMA) earlier this Friday, defeating Travis Taylor in Washington.
Torres (25-1 Amateur, 1-0 Pro), a former two-time IMMAF Bantamweight gold medalist, made his much anticipated professional debut defeating Travis Taylor (7-5 Amateur 0-0 Pro) at Titan FC 37 on Friday night (March 4, 2016) in Ridgefield, Washington.
The fight was the first bout that evening and was aired on UFC Fight Pass. Jose was looking to stand and trade with Taylor, yet the latter used his reach advantage, circulating and landing some inside leg kicks. Torres managed to cut the distance, pressuring Taylor against the fence before taking him down.
From there, it was only a matter of time:
“Time passed quickly but I felt great in there. I waited patiently for an opening and went for the finish.“
The much experienced Torres sank in a ruthless guillotine choke, similar to the choke that won him his second Gold medal at the Amateur World Championships forcing his opponent to Tap. The official time came at 2:09 of the opening round. After a long awaited debut, the world’s most accomplished amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, Jose Torres proved himself in one of the sport’s premier promotions, TITAN FC.
After Mlambo and Gallagher, Torres is now the third Amateur world champion fighting out of KHK MMA to successfully transition to the professional leagues. This is only the start for such a talented and dedicated individual like Torres. After earning his university degree and being drafted by Sheikh Khalid’s Team, the KHK prospect will be fully devoted to his professional career
“Thanks for everyone constantly supporting me from KHK MMA, my sponsors and my team, family and friends! That’s just one of many and I can’t wait to do it again. “
Check out the finish below:
KHK MMA's World Top Amateur Fighter Successful in his Professional MMA Debut ! Jose Shorty Torres MMA with a fast submission win in his Pro Debut at #TitanFC37
Posted by Arabs MMA on Saturday, March 5, 2016