Manuel Torres Nervous But Excited To Fight At Home

Mexico City – Fighting at home for the first time under the UFC banner lightweight Manuel Torres has thought about the achievement as he prepares to face Chris Duncan at UFC Mexico City on Saturday night.

“I’m very proud of everything I’ve done. I’m here, I made it to the UFC, and at this historic event. The second time the UFC comes to Mexico City and being part of it is incredible,” Torres told reporters on Wednesday.

“I’m one of the best in the world. I’m very proud of my work, and very happy.”

Fighting in the biggest promotion in the world, and in Mexico, is a feather in the cap for Torres.

“It’s a dream come true. Like I’ve said I feel like one of the best being here (in the UFC,” Torres said.

Torres is coming off an elbow knockout victory over Nikolas Motta last August which has gone viral online. The standing elbow KO is at the top of any highlight reel when Torres is mentioned.

“I trained that a lot. I worked it with my coach. I had thought about using it, and when the opportunity came, I did. I studied Nikolas Motta and noticed he opens up to throw his hooks so I figured that would be the time to use it,” he said.

Torres will be fighting in front of over 20,000 fans at Arena CDMX.

“I’ve imagined it and I get a little bit nervous and excited, but I come to fight. Afterwards I’ll meet with the crowd,” Torres said.

“But I come to fight.”

Watch the entire media day scrum with Manuel Torres above. He takes on Chris Duncan at UFC Mexico City.

* Translated by Cageside Press