Undefeated mixed marital arts fighter Jose Torres (1-0) says his next opponent might have more experience, but that doesn’t concern him.
He meets Reynaldo Walter Duarte (8-8) at Titan FC 38 at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming at 7 p.m. April 30. Tickets on sale at cagetix.com/titan. The event will air on UFC Fight Pass.
Torres, from Chicago, went 25-1 in his amateur mma career racking up several titles around the world and locally. Torres joined The Roman Show to talk about his upcoming fight.
His opponent, who trains at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, has more experience under his belt professionally, but Torres says that doesn’t call for any attention.
The Jackson Wink MMA in New Mexico standout is coming off his first pro mama fight win. He faced Travis Taylor and won by submission in the first round in March. Torres said he didn’t suffer any injuries from his debut and was willing to compete quickly.
“It went a lot better than expected,” he said. “It went two minutes and nine seconds and I put him to sleep. I didn’t get any bumps or bruises. So I told Titan FC COO Lex McMahon, why not put me on the next card?”
Torres said his goal is to finish Duarte, who has never been knocked out or submitted.
“He has a lot of experience on me,” he said. “He is in his mid-30. I think he has past his prime. Last year, he only fought once and before that he fought in 2013. I am a new up-and-comer trying to get this momentum going. He is the perfect fight for my career.”
Unlike other mma fighters who fight a couple of amateur fights before going pro, Torres, who wrestled in college, decided to compete over 20 times. He decided to take advantage in learning the fight craft and educating himself earning a degree in exercise science. Soon after his mma career, he has his plans set.
“I want to purchase my own mma gym not just teach them physically but their overall health,” he said.
Torres is sure to deliver as he trains with former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and legendary fighter BJ Penn.