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Jose “Shorty” Torres: Trials, Tribulations & Triumphs

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BRAVE Combat Federation 55 is in Rostov on Don, Russia, on Saturday, November 6, where Jose “Shorty” Torres fights Ali Bagautinov in the last semi-final bracket of the BRAVE Flyweight Tournament.

With a win, he will fight Velimurad Alkhasov for the inaugural BRAVE flyweight championship.

Founded in 2016, BRAVE CF was established with a vision to reform the MMA industry from an event business to a sports business and give opportunities to fighters and the entire industry around the world regardless of marketability, language, nationality or religion. The founder’s vision believed that talent should be the only variable. 

Born in the Southside of Chicago, McKinley Park neighbourhood on August 2, 1992, to parents Jose Orlando Torres and Irma Maria Torres, Jose Angel Torres announced himself to the world and his older brother Jose Orlando Torres Jr. Who was 8 yrs older than baby Jose.

Growing up in a dangerous neighbourhood and being the son of a Harrison gent, whose father was born into purple and black (gang colours), it was naturally in Shorty’s blood, and that shadow always followed him.

“I was labelled as my father’s son, so naturally, I didn’t have to be initiated, I was technically in the gang, and still today, you could say I’m technically in the gang.

“I never represented or did anything bad, and I never did anything illegal, I never did anything to get me in trouble because that was never my life; it was my father’s life. 

 “It just so happened that because I was always around my father, I represented my father and his colours, which also happened to represent the gang. I always got into a lot of trouble and had many scuffles growing up, but I represent my father; I don’t represent the gang.

“That’s something that I always try to show the whole city of Chicago is that I’m not trying to represent a gang.  The gang raised my father, and that gave me the childhood I had, and I honestly can’t complain because I had one of the best childhoods I could have asked for, but it definitely could have been better, again, the gang life is what raised my father, and I cherish it.”

Growing up, it was Shorty’s mum who kept the household together. 

“My mom is the smartest person in our family and the most independent person I know. 

“She is the reason why I am so smart, independent and even athletic; I get most of my attributes from her.  My mom and I are very identical and just naturally very strong. She’s the person I keep fighting for today to give her a more peaceful life, hopefully.”

Shorty’s older brother Torres Jr had a very different life compared to Shorty.  Being eight years older, the Torres family never had much money and less so for babysitters, so Torres Jr became the rebel of the family and neglected his father.

“My dad treated him [Torres Jr] so badly growing up, he was forced to do a lot of labour and be beaten up if he hadn’t done said chores right, or because my dad was just mad. 

“My dad wasn’t the best father growing up. He had his ups and downs, but he didn’t have a father that raised him, so he didn’t know best. 

“He is the best big brother I could have, the good, bad big brother like ‘here I did all the bad things so don’t do this, you should go left instead of right because I went right, and it didn’t go well – (a little chuckle). So go left.’  So, he made all the proper mistakes so I could succeed, and he made sure of that.”

“My older brother is my biggest hype man.”

Aged 22, Torres Jr was jumped, and someone made an attempt on his life by hitting him with a baseball bat in the back of the head twice: “He practically bled out, and his brain almost exploded in his head.  He now has traumatic brain injury (TBI), and he is deaf on one side of his ear.”

Torres Jr was no stranger to getting into trouble; after all, it was the only way of life he ever knew and was ever shown by his father.

When Torres Jr was 31, he was stabbed multiple times in the stomach, arms, and other places and bled out so much that he lost 16 pints of blood and had to have a blood transfusion.  He died twice and was resuscitated twice and thankfully is still alive today, although he is technically physically disabled, to a certain extent.

“My brother got into lots of fights in Chicago, and he was into graffiti which in Chicago is almost like gangs. My brother is very much a graffiti legend, and he’s phenomenal at it and still does it today; however, back in the day, he had a lot of wars.

“He went through a lot of bad stuff, traumatic stuff to make it out, but he succeeded, he is now a family man with three children (1 from a previous relationship) and gets to live his life through me, and it has been a journey.

“A lot of my fights have been for him because I’ve never been a fan of fighting or a huge person about it, but he’s always wanted to be a professional athlete, and this allows me to do this for him.

“I’m his little big brother. I’m the little brother that takes care of him. Without me, he would be in a tough place, so I push through to keep him motivated and keep him pushing forward.”

“If you’re ever in Chicago and see the tag name DTEK, that’s my brother.”

Despite the chaotic life Shorty was born into, by the age of 4, he started training in Shotokan Karate. His mother would travel around the country so Shorty could compete in the national Karate competitions.

“My dad was very aggressive, either playing fighting with us or actually beating us.  He had a hard time raising us, and we learned the rough way to defend ourselves.  Plus, with my brother being 8 yrs. older, I always had to be on my toes. I started Shotokan Karate at the age of 4 but was made to fight before then.

“My dad was a street fighter and a good boxer.  So, I always leaned more towards boxing and toughness.  The grit of all Latinos (Puerto Rican and Mexican), so I always needed to defend myself and could never back down.”

When ‘Shorty’ was 16, he began training with legendary hall of fame coach Bob Schirmer, and still does to this day, founder of Combat-Do. Master Bob taught Shorty the arts of Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Jeet Kune Do, Boxing, Kickboxing, Pankration, San Shou, Muay Thai, and Wrestling. As a result, Shorty secured a full university scholarship for his wrestling and merit.

‘Shorty’ became a world champion aged 21, is a two-time IMMAF Bantamweight Gold Medallist (2014-2015) and went 25 – 1 in his amateur career.

His first loss was his first amateur fight in which he lost via a split decision. Since then, ‘Shorty’ continued his amateur career with a 25-win streak.

With a resume like that, ‘Shorty’ had offers to turn pro. But, instead, he chose college and a wrestling scholarship to Division II McKendree University over getting into the paid ranks.

“I graduated high school and college with a bachelor’s degree in Leadership and sports and exercise science.  I graduated from McKendree University on a full-ride and was part of the national honours’ society.  I played too much in high school but became serious with it once I went to college.”

Graduating in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Leadership and sports and exercise science, Shorty also achieved a number of awards including the; International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Championship (135lbs), 2x Gold Medallist in Pan-American Kickboxing Championships (125lbs) & Thai Boxing Association (TBA) Champion (125lbs).

Now that Shorty had finished university, he decided it was time to turn pro facing Travis Taylor in his pro debut and made the process fast, in just after the first minute, he gets a takedown and sinks in a guillotine 2:09 in R1.

That was the start of a fantastic pro career with Titan FC, with Shorty gaining the Bantamweight belt and Flyweight belt and defending them both successfully.  Shorty was the Champ Champ.  Shorty was also the first person in Titan FC to be a double champ and successfully defend his belts.

After that fight, Shorty got signed to the UFC, with his first opponent of that being Jarred Brooks.  Shorty took the win in the 2nd rnd via KO/TKO, and if you remember this fight as I do, it was due to an incredible body slam!

Shorty’s next assignment was against Alex Perez; unfortunately, that night was not his, and he received his first loss in his professional career.

After his fight with Perez, Shorty left The UFC (due to the fact at that time, the UFC were getting rid of the flyweight division, I mean even the GOAT of the flyweights Demetrious Johnson had left and gone to ONE) and signed to his current home BRAVE CF.

Aged 26, Shorty has always wanted to give back to the city of Chicago, and so he set up the “Team Shorty” foundation with 100% of the proceeds from his sales going straight to the foundation to help kids, teens, and young adults stay inside the gym and off the streets. 

On April 19, 2019, at BRAVE 23 in Amman, Jordan, Shorty debuted in BRAVE with a unanimous decision win over the previously undefeated Amir Albazi. That earned him a shot vs Marcel Adur for the inaugural BRAVE CF Flyweight title, at BRAVE CF 29, on November 15, 2019, in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Shorty’s father had recently passed away, but Torres is a warrior and pressed on.

However, Shorty was in the final stages of fight preparation when his body and soul collapsed.  The fight was cancelled. Many thought his fight career was over. 

Shorty was selected for the greatest flyweight tournament in MMA history, and at BRAVE 42 in Kombat Kingdom, he fought in an epic back and forth battle against Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella, the pair fought to a draw. When “Shorty Rock” Santella was injured in training for the rematch, Torres was offered a bye but declined, choosing the warrior’s path, fighting through the tournament.

At Brave 49 in the Kombat Kingdom, he beat SBG Ireland’s Blaine O’Driscoll, and earned his way to the final semi-final fight, vs Ali “Puncher King” Bagautinov, at BRAVE Combat Federation 55.

Shorty now splits his time between Cicero, Illinois and Port St.Lucie in Flordia, residing with Din Thomas, one of his coaches at The Firm, where he currently trains with combat-do, The Goat Shed Academy, Gambler BJJ and KHK MMA.

BRAVE CF events are broadcast worldwide, delivering exclusive live events and fight and combat sports content on demand. BRAVE CF has delivered 50+ shows in 24 different countries and five continents and has hired 500+ athletes from 70+ nations across the globe, highlighting the truly global aspect of the organisation.

BRAVE Combat Federation 55 is in Rostov on Don, Russia, on Saturday, November 6, and you can watch it exclusively on www.bravecf.com for free.  The card starts at 1 pm GMT.

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Sumo: Kyushu Tournament Day 14 – Can Terunofuji seal the championship?

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The penultimate day of the Kyushu tournament gives Terunofuji the chance to take glory as the 13-0 wrestler takes on his nearest challenger Abi who is on 12-1.

Before we dive into day 14, lets see how the leaderboard has developed since the last article. Abi faced Takakeisho yesterday in a battle between two wrestlers with 11-1 records. The former won the battle to move on to 12-1 in his first top division appearance since his suspension. Takakeisho moved to 11-2 and only has an outside chance of being involved in a playoff. Ura, in fourth place and the only other man to hit double figures so far, has no chance of winning the tournament as he sits on 10-3. Here is the top of the table at the end of day 13;

Terunofuji (Y) 13-0

Abi (M15) 12-1

Takakeisho (O) 11-2

Ura (M7) 10-3

Day 14

Day 14 promises to be full of action and drama as the top two men, Terunofuji and Abi finally face each other. If Terunofuji wins it, then he will take the tournament victory with an uncatchable 14 wins. 9 fighters on 7 defeats will be looking to avoid a losing record and both Endo and Chiyoshoma were looking to secure their winning records. Let’s see what went down on the penultimate day of the last tournament of the year.

It was an intense matchup between Yokozuna Terunofuji and Abi. Abi used his pushing and thrusting technique to great effect to back Terunofuji against the rope, but the big Yokozuna held on and managed to fend off the attack, finishing Abi with an oshitaoshi. Terunofuji moves to 14-0 and HE IS THE KYUSHU TOURNAMENT CHAMPION. He wins his 6th title, can he go 15-0 for the first time? It’s hard to see any other result.

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Such is the nature of a league-style tournament like this, at day 14 there are quite a few dead-rubber matches. Lots of wrestlers have already confirmed winning or losing records and are fighting for pride alone. However, aside from the championship race, there was still a lot to play for on the dohyo.

There was a showdown between the two Ozeki ranked fighters, Shodai and Takakeisho. Until yesterday’s defeat to Abi, Takakeisho was in with a chance of the title win. The disappointment of defeat didn’t seem to affect him though, as he beat Ozeki Shodai with ease. Shodai is not fighting like an Ozeki of late but is continuing to achieve winning records to maintain his rank. Can Takakeisho make another run on the Yokozuna rank in 2022?

Chiyoshoma produced a nice uwatenage finish to achieve winning record against Yutakayama. Out of all the wrestlers on 7 defeats, only Okinoumi and Yutakama confirmed their losing records, with their defeats to Ishiura and Chiyoshoma. It means there are many fighters left on 7-7 records, and so there it lots to play for on the final day.

Takanosho, Hokutofuji and Mitakeumi all managed to achieve double figures as they each improved their records to 10-4. Ura, who had a 10-3 record going into day 14, was defeated by Meisei and is the fourth man on 10-4. Both Komosubis were defeated as Ichinojo went down to Hokutofuji and Kiribayama to the young star Hoshoryu.

Full Results

Winners in italics, record after day 14 shown

Keisei (M17e) 7-7 vs Chiyonokuni (M14w) 8-6 – Oshidashi

Kotonowaka (M11e) 6-8 vs Tochinoshin (M13w) 6-5-3 – Yorikiri

Akua (M16e) 8-6 vs Terutsuyoshi (M11w) 6-8 – Shitatenage

Chiyotairyu (M10e) 6-8 vs Shohozan (M17w) 3-11 – Tsukidashi

Aoiyama (M9e) 4-10 vs Chiyomaru (M15e) 7-7 – Hatakikomi

Sadanoumi (M16w) 8-6 vs Tobizaru (M8w) 7-7 – Hikiotoshi

Yutakayama (M13e) 6-8 vs Chiyoshoma (M7w) 8-6 – Uwatenage

Shimanoumi (M6e) 5-9 vs Kagayaki (M14e) 4-10 – Tsukidashi

Takarafuji (M4e) 5-9 vs Kotoeko (M8e) 3-11 – Oshidashi

Okinoumi (M3e) 6-8 vs Ishiura (M12e) 7-7 – Yorikiri

Onosho (M2e) 5-9 vs Myogiryu (M3w) 2-12 – Hatakikomi

Hidenoumi (M9w) 8-6 vs Takanosho (M2w) 10-4 – Yorikiri

Daieisho (M1e) 7-7 vs Takayasu (M5e) 5-9 – Tsukiotoshi

Endo (M4w) 7-7 vs Wakatakakage (M1w) 7-7 – Yorikiri

Ichinojo (Ke) 5-9 vs Hokutofuji (M12w) 10-4 – Tsukiotoshi

Hoshoryu (M5w) 6-8 vs Kiribayama (Kw) 5-9 – Yorikiri

Mitakeumi (Se) 10-4 vs Tamawashi (M6w) 9-5 – Hatakikomi

Ura (M7e) 10-4 vs Meisei (Sw) 6-8 – Oshidashi

Shodai (Oe) 9-5 vs Takakeisho (Ow) 12-2 – Tsukidashi

Terunofuji (Ye) 14-0 vs Abi (M15w) 12-2 – Oshitaoshi

Watch the matches from today here. Find the VMTV Sumo Guide here. Stay with us to find out what happens on day 15!

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ONE: NEXTGEN III Final Weight and Hydration Results

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ONE Championship™ (ONE) today released the ONE: NEXTGEN III Final Weight and Hydration Results. In todays event, former UFC athlete Jarred Brooks squares off against Lito Adiwang in a highly anticipated strawweight match-up which could see the victor earn a spot in the divisional rankings. A Bantamweight Muay Thai bout between Alaverdi Ramazanov and Pongsiri PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym will take place as the co-main event.

ONE: NEXTGEN III Final Weight and Hydration Results

Mixed Martial Arts – Strawweight (52.3 KG – 56.7 KG)
Lito Adiwang (56.70 KG, 1.0053) vs. Jarred Brooks (56.00 KG, 1.0027)

Muay Thai – Bantamweight (61.3 KG – 65.8 KG)
Alaverdi Ramazanov (65.55 KG, 1.0207) vs. Pongsiri PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym (65.80 KG, 1.0244)

Mixed Martial Arts – Strawweight (52.3 KG – 56.7 KG)
Alex Silva (56.70 KG, 1.0103) vs. Rene Catalan (56.60 KG, 1.0066)

Kickboxing – Flyweight (56.8 KG – 61.2 KG)
Panpayak Jitmuangnon (61.20 KG, 1.0160) vs. Daniel Puertas (61.20 KG, 1.0168)

Mixed Martial Arts – Lightweight (70.4 KG – 77.1 KG)
Pieter Buist (77.10 KG, 1.0222) vs. Ruslan Emilbek Uulu (76.40 KG, 1.0070)

Kickboxing – Bantamweight (61.3 KG – 65.8 KG)
Felipe Lobo (65.60 KG, 1.0156) vs. Rodlek PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym (65.80 KG, 1.0078)

Hydration values less than or equal to 1.0250 earn a passing mark, while values greater than or equal to 1.0251 earn a failing mark. Athletes who failed weight and hydration tests on Day 1 or Day 2 are given another chance to clear tests on the morning of the event.

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Sumo: Kyushu Day 11 of 15 – who will take glory?

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Kyushu Day 11, Fukuoka, Japan. The Kyushu tournament heads into day 11 of 15 and we are two-thirds through. Who is going to take the tournament victory?

The story so far

Yokozuna Terunofuji is the only undefeated wrestler left after Takakeisho was defeated by Meisei on day 10. Abi got back to winning ways and joins Takakeisho sitting on 9-1. Whatever happens, Abi is in for a huge surge up the ranks for the first 2022 tournament in January. It looks very likely that the winner of the tournament will come from one of these three rikishi, but Mitakeumi and Ura are among four wrestlers who have an outside chance currently holding 8-2 records. Here are the leaders going into day 11;

Terunofuji (Y) 10-0

Takakeisho (O) 9-1

Abi (M15) 9-1

Mitakeumi (S) 8-2

Tamawashi (M6) 8-2

Ura (M7) 8-2

Hokutofuji (M12) 8-2

All of the above wrestlers in the Maegashira rank have also confirmed a winning record for this tournament and can expect to move up the rankings for the next tournament. Myogiryu, Kotoeko and Shohozan already have 8 defeats and can no longer post a winning record. Shohozan will likely be demoted for the next tournament.

Day 11

Such are the records after day 10, no rikishi can achieve a guaranteed winning record as none of them currently sit on 7 wins. However, there are seven wrestlers including Komosubi Kiribayama and high-ranking Maegashira Daieisho and Wakatakakage are in danger of securing a losing record and moving down in the rankings for next tournament.

Terunofuji was put to the test by Ichinojo who managed to find some fighting spirit. After a long and hard battle, Terunofuji came through with the victory and extended his run to 11-0 to continue leading the tournament by 1.

Abi faced Ura in a highly-anticipated matchup between two of the most exciting rikishi in the sport. It was a quick affair in the end as Abi continued his fine form on his return to the top division. The M15 ranked fighter moves to 10-1, Ura moves to 8-3, his winning record already confirmed. Ozeki Takakeisho joins Abi on 10-1 after seeing off a spirited effort from Endo.

Kiribayama again managed to hold off the losing record with an impressive liftout victory against Myogiryu. Kiribayama remains on 7 defeats for another day, after going 0-6 from the start it would be an incredible feat to end up with a winning record.

Aoiyama continued his poor form, after winning the first 3 matches, he has now lost 8 in a row. Maegashira ranked Hokutofuji and Tamawashi both moved to 9-2 records alongside Sekiwake Mitakeumi.

An exciting battle between two of the smaller wrestlers saw hot prospect Hoshoryu overcome the flying monkey Tobizaru.

Elsewhere, there were wins for Ozeki Shodai over Sekiwake Meisei, and former tournament winner Daieisho against Onosho. To watch the matches from Kyushu Day 11, click here (all credit to NattoSumo and NHK). For a guide to Sumo and some of the words used, click here. See the full list of results from Day 11 below.

Full Results

Winners in italics, record shown after day 11

Chiyomaru (M15e) 5-6 vs Hokutofuji (M12w) 9-2 – Okuridashi

Ishiura (M12e) 5-6 vs Sadanoumi (M16w) 7-4 – Yoritaoshi

Kagayaki (M14e) 3-8 vs Terutsuyoshi (M11w) 5-6 – Oshidashi

Kotonowaka (M11e) 4-7 vs Akua (M16e) 6-5 – Yoritaoshi

Kaisei (M17e) 5-6 vs Hidenoumi (M9w) 6-5 – Yorikiri

Aoiyama (M9e) 3-8 vs Chiyonokuni (M14w) 6-5 – Tsukitaoshi

Kotoeko (M8e) 2-9 vs Shohozan (M17w) 3-8 – Yorikiri

Tochinoshin (M13w) 4-4-3 vs Chiyoshoma (M7w) 6-5 – Yorikiri

Ura (M7e) 8-3 vs Abi (M15w) 10-1 – Tsukitaoshi

Chiyotairyu (M10e) 5-6 vs Tamawashi (M6w) 9-2 – Tsukiotoshi

Shimanoumi (M6e) 5-6 vs Yutakayama (M13e) 4-7 – Oshidashi

Tobizaru (M8w) 5-6 vs Hoshoryu (M5w) 5-6 – Yorikiri

Takarafuji (M4e) 4-7 vs Takanosho (M2w) 7-4 – Yorikiri

Okinoumi (M3e) 4-7 vs Wakatakakage (M1w) 4-7 – Hikiotoshi

Daieisho (M1e) 4-7 vs Onosho (M2e) 4-7 – Hatakikomi

Myogiryu (M3w) 2-9 vs Kiribayama (Kw) 4-7 – Tsuridashi

Mitakeumi (Se) 9-2 vs Takayasu (M5e) 5-6 – Yorikiri

Endo (M4w) 5-6 vs Takakeisho (Ow) 10-1 – Oshidashi

Shodai (Oe) 7-4 vs Meisei (Sw) 5-6 – Yorikiri

Terunofuji (Ye) 11-0 vs Ichinojo (Ke) 4-7 – Yoritaoshi

Stick with VMTV to see how the rest of the tournament plays out!

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