On Monday night, top amateur prospect Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres captured her third MMA title at American Battle Championship: “Rumble at Renegades 11” in West Palm Beach, Florida. Torres defeated Amber “The Apex Predator” Stautzenberger for the ABC 115-pound championship.
In a span of just ten months, Torres has become MMA’s premier amateur female competitor and she has totalled wins over some of the top fighters in the 115-pound amateur division. Now training with the renowned American Top Team in Florida, Torres plans to make her professional debut this Fall.
While she is known for her aggressive style, Torres (7-0-0) was forced to play defence early in the title bout with Stautzenberger (4-3-0) after Stautzenberger scored a takedown in the opening frame. Torres was able to employ an effective guard and she tied up Stautzenberger to prevent her from landing anything damaging. Torres transitioned to an armbar attempt before the end of the close round, but Stautzenberger defended well.
The roles were reversed in round two and it was Torres who got the takedown in the opening minute after scoring with knees in the clinch. Stautzenberger displayed a solid defensive guard and she did not allow Torres to posture up. Torres was able to sneak in punches to the body and eventually created space to rain down some harder shots. The fighters stood and Torres scored a very brief knockdown with a side kick to the body.
Round three featured the most action as the fighters battled it out on the feet. Stautzenberger landed a combination and tripped Torres after catching a body kick. Torres scrambled up and continued to throw kicks to the lead leg and body. Stautzenberger connected with another right hand, but it only seemed to fuel Torres, who unloaded with a big flurry of punches. In the final minute, Torres scored a takedown and struck from the top, but Stautzenberger rolled for a kneebar and a heel hook before the competitive bout came to an end.
Despite a valiant performance from Stautzenberger in defeat, all three judges scored the fight in favour of Torres, who upped her record to a perfect 7-0 and added yet another title belt to her collection. Torres discussed her amateur career and transition to the professional ranks with MMARising.com today.
“My amateur MMA journey has been a rather quick one to the top,” Torres says. “I feel very blessed to have accomplished all that I have in the past year. I’ve fought very talented women and managed to stay undefeated. I take every fight very seriously; training even more for the next one and so on. My pro debut is approaching and I can say that I will work diligently, remain humble, and focus on the tasks that lie before me. I want to become a household name. I will work my way to the top. I will make it!”
Winner: Tecia Torres by Unanimous Decision after three 3:00 rounds. She improves to 7-0-0, becomes the ABC 115-pound women’s champion and remains the number one female fighter in the amateur strawweight division.