Exclusive – Tecia Torres Believes She Presents ‘Bad Matchup’ For Mackenzie Dern At UFC 273

    ByRoss Markey

    Mar 29, 2022
    Tecia Torres

    UFC strawweight mainstay, Tecia Torres looks to turn in a fourth consecutive win as part of a stunning surge through her 115lbs counterparts and believes she presents a stern and most difficult matchup for opponent, Mackenzie Dern ahead of their UFC 273 tangle next weekend in Jacksonville, Florida.

    Torres, a perennial contender in the organization’s strawweight ranks, enters her outing against Phoenix-born grappling maestro, Dern on April 9. off the back of a three-fight winning run – adding to her tally with a second career victory opposite former Invicta FC champion, Angela Hill at UFC 265 in August last.

    The 32-year-old improved her professional record to 13-5 with last summer’s success against Hil, adding the veteran to prior successes against both Sam Hughes, and Brianna Fortino (née Van Buren).

    For her camp ahead of her return against Dern next weekend, Torres shared the mats briefly with current strawweight champion and two-time opponent, Rose Namajunas – as well as reuniting with past teammate, Jessica Aguilar, explaining how she was grateful to ply her craft alongside the division’s best.

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    “I was fortunate enough to have Jessica (Aguilar) in my camp this time around, she moved to Colorado,” Tecia Torres told Current MMA reporter, James Lynch, during a recent interview. “I trained with her, (we have a) long time history. And then early on in camp, I was able to go to Minnesota and train with Rose (Namajunas) for a week and their camp, so that was fun. I’m just trying to improve everywhere and I’m excited to see what I can actually pull off in the fight.”

    “At this point, I’ve fought everyone in the division,” Tecia Torres said. “It’s nice when I do get to go with Rose, obviously, I do get to see my skill set against the champion of my weight class, and you know, I get to learn things as well and see where I can improve and see where things are working for me against somebody who is the best in our division right now. I’m grateful every time I get to train with Rose.”

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    Tecia Torres made her UFC debut back in December 2014, competing 13 times since

    Preparing to tackle decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, Dern at UFC 273, Torres admits that she’s likely one more win away from a title show beyond April 9. – but believes she beats the former world champion grappler no matter where the bout ends up.

    “I envision getting my hand raised in every circumstance,” Tecia Torres said. “I envision myself being dominant and I just really feel like I’m a bad matchup for her (Mackenzie Dern), and it’s gonna be a fun and exciting fight. It’s gonna be a tough win, but I’m gonna get my hand raised.”

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    When asked if she and Rose had discussed the possibility of a future title rubber match trilogy bout between each other in the future, Torres confirmed that the topic has never been raised, but in the same breathe, claimed that both likely know it’s a distinct possibility.

    “I’m pretty sure she (Rose Namajunas) knows and I know that that’s something that’s potentially down the line, but in the meantime, I’m grateful we’re able to help each other with our successes until then,” Tecia Torres explained.

    Twice competing against Namajunas professionally, Torres defeated the current champion as part of her impressive seven-fight undefeated streak to kick off her professional career, first landing a unanimous decision win to move to 3-0 – before Namajunas avenged the loss with a decision win of her own back in 2016, handing Torres her first professional blemish.