UFC 273 will feature Tecia Torres taking on Mackenzie Dern in pivotal top 10 match-up in the women’s strawweight division, one that will move the winner that much closer to a title fight.
Just 12 days ahead of her UFC 273 showdown with Mackenzie Dern, Cageside Press had the chance to speak with Tecia Torres about a few fun items, as well as her preparations and how things are going for the upcoming strawweight scrap.
Torres (13-5) had surgery after her last fight and decided to tackle something on her bucket list during her time off.
“I decided to do something on my bucket list and tried an NPC [National Physique Committee] competition. It was a lot of discipline, 11 weeks of eating healthy and changing my body in ways I didn’t think it could change,” the 32-year old fighter told us. “Getting even leaner than I once thought I could be. It was fun, I enjoyed it, don’t know if I would do it again but it was one to check off.”
A few weeks ago, Torres was able to purchase her dream vehicle. “So, last year I wanted to purchase it and I went there, and I was like ‘I don’t want to spend this much money.’ Then this year, I’m like ‘eff it, I want it.’ It’s a 2022 White Jeep Rubicon. It’s lifted, it has the one touch sky roof. Because I know I wouldn’t be taking off the roof and doors and and everything that. This is lazy girl style. Just hit it, and everything comes off.”
There’s just one catch. “The only this is it’s going to take about six months, they said August or September timeframe.”
Coming up, Tecia Torres has her showdown with BJJ ace Mackenzie Dern. She’s riding a solid three-fight win streak into the UFC 273 match-up, and feels she can get the job done inside the distance. Having worked on all areas of her game, “where ever it takes me in the fight, I’m going to be able to dominate and do the things I want to do.”
“I envision myself finishing Mackenzie. My hand’s going to be raised,” she predicted.
UFC 273 takes place live on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Tecia Torres vs. Mackenzie Dern is set to go down as part of the PPV event’s main card.