Las Vegas, NV — “The Tiny Tornado” earned her second consecutive win inside the octagon at UFC 256. In doing so, 115lb mainstay Tecia Torries has taken the necessary steps to distance herself from a nasty four-fight losing streak.
That was a bit of a theme Saturday night, as featherweight Cub Swanson also secured his second win since a four-fight skid. In the case of Torres, the victory came against promotional newcomer Sam Hughes, a short-notice replacement for ex-Invicta FC champ Angela Hill.
Torres would have liked the affair to have gone a little longer. Instead, it all ended after the first round, with Hughes unable to continue due to an eye injury. End result, a doctor’s stoppage TKO.
“I really did want to go second and third round to get some ring time in, so I was surprised when it was over,” Torres told media outlets including Cageside Press following the fight. “But looking at her, her eye was full of blood. And she said she couldn’t see out of it. So I understand why they stopped it. But I would have liked to go another two or three rounds, or one or two rounds, I guess.”
During the bout, Torres did notice some of the damage — just not the extent of it. “Her eyes were already bruised up,” said Torres. “But I didn’t notice the redness until I looked her in the eyes afterwards.”
With wins against Briana Van Buren and now Hughes, Torres also addressed the tailspin she’d pulled out of. “It was hard to keep morale up after losing a few fights in a row,” Torres admitted. “After every one, I told myself that I just needed to pick my big girl underwear up and get in there and do it again.”
While the Holidays are fast approaching, Tecia Torres remains game to get back in the octagon soon following Saturday’s win. Noting that she doesn’t walk around heavy, Torres stated that “If I was told tonight I could fight in three or four weeks, I would take the fight. Obviously the more time I have the better but I’m in great shape right now and no injuries. So if the right fight, like the right opportunity was there, I would take it, especially if it was somebody ranked above me.”
Watch the full UFC 256 post-fight press conference with Tecia Torres above.