There were plenty of fighters worthy of being thefighthouse.com’s prospect of the year, but none more than Jose “Shorty” Torres.
Torres success in 2016 didn’t come by accident the man known as “Shorty” put in a lot of work as an amateur going 25-1 before making the jump to the professional ranks. He turned pro at the start of 2016 with Titan FC and what happened after that is history.
He made his professional début in March against Travis Taylor. Due to his lengthy amateur career his comfort level in the cage was well beyond his years and it showed. He quickly put Taylor on his back foot and with lightning speed shot in for a takedown. Once he got the fight to the ground it took him under a minute to lock in guillotine choke and Talyor was forced to tap.
Eight weeks later Torres returned to the Titan cage against Reynaldo Reyzinho. In just his second pro fight it was a stiff test for Torres. Reyzinho a 35 year old with 16 pro fights under his belt had never been finished. Torres showcased his entire skill set, pummelling Reyzinho both standing and on the ground. Probably most impressive coming from a wrestling base was his work in the clinch and with his hands. He definitely put the whole division on notice. His level of domination definitely opened the door for him to get a title shot.
After two strong performances in the bantamweight division Torres earned himself a shot at the flyweight title against Abdiel Velazquez. He came out, pushed the pace and put his unrelenting pressure on Velazquez. His smothering style wore on Velazquez and deep into the second round Torres hit him with a strong left hand and then put his lights out with a follow-up knee to capture the title.
Within five months Torres went from making his début to flywieght champion. A feat which is rarely seen in a sport where experience is invaluable. Torres is scheduled to make his first title defence later this month and you can’t help but feel like 2017 is going to be a big year for the man they call “Shorty”.