KHK MMA’s Jose “Shorty” Torres will appear on Titan 40 next month against Abdiel “The Nightmare” Velasquez, and it will be for the Flyweight Interim World Title.
The winner of this bout, which will be the co-main event on August 5th, will take home the belt due to the lengthy absence of the champion Tim Elliot.
Tim Elliot is currently filming The Ultimate Fighter season 24 and is being lined up for a shot at pound-for-pound UFC king Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson’s World Flyweight Title.
Thus, KHK MMA’s major prospect will have an opportunity to take bring home the Titan FC title in just two weeks on a card which will be headlined by Gesias Cavalcante taking on Freddy Assuncao.
In a press release Titan FC C.O.O Lex Mcmahon said: “We are excited for the opportunity our current flyweight champion, Tim Elliott, has by representing Titan FC in the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. We are certain he will represent both himself and Titan in an amazing manner. However, the reality is that Tim will not be able to defend his belt for the foreseeable future so we have decided to make the bout between Jose “Shorty” Torres and Abdiel “The Nightmare” Velazquez for the interim flyweight title – both fighters have bright futures ahead of them and one will become a world champion on Aug. 5.”
Torres, who was recently in Las Vegas supporting KHK MMA’s amateur team in the IMMAF World Championships, has fought only two professional fights.
Yet his extensive, decorated amateur career, which involves two IMMAF World Titles and a (25-1) record, has set him in good stead for his professional career.
And the 23-year-old Chicago, Illinois native handily won his first two professional fights against tough opposition, the most recent being a unanimous points win over Reynaldo Duarte in April.
His opponent and the man standing in his way “The Nightmare”, has amassed a (7-2) record, winning his last fight against American Top Team veteran Alexis Vila by Majority decision.
The added pressure of the fight should not faze Torres, who recently said in an exclusive interview with KHK MMA that he was not motivated by being the best, or winning titles, but by being a “hero” and inspiring others to chase their dreams.
He said: “My attitude is: I don’t come into the cage mad, or wanting to be the best. I’d love to be the best, but if it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t that’s ok. I didn’t start this sport at 4 years old thinking I want to be UFC Champion, I started doing it because it was fun. So that means I go in there with a different attitude, nice and calm and not intimidated. My coaches and trainers always taught me to have fun with the sport, do it because you enjoy it not because somebody else is pushing you to do it.”