If you don’t know about Tecia Torres by now, you will know her soon enough.

Those who are already aware of the American Top Team strawweight talent’s skill set will not show any shock or surprise at her run through the amateur circuit or her Invicta FC 3 tilt with Kaiyana Rain, which she won by unanimous decision. A counter-striker with the constantly improving skill set, Torres’ skills on the feet already resonate with fans as being effective, but now she gets the chance to showcase her improvements and other dimensions at Invicta FC 4 this Saturday at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.

Torres (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Her opponent, “12 Gauge” Paige VanZant, brings similar promise to the cage, having embarked on a 2-0 pro run after only one amateur fight. At 18 years of age, VanZant already attracts some attention, with many wondering what to expect from the House of Ryu product. One can say, however, that Torres had very little issue in deciphering VanZant’s style in preparation for this bout.

“All three of her fights are on YouTube,” Torres told The MMA Corner in an exclusive interview. “So I had enough tape to know what she’s about, and I think her style and my style match up well.”

Despite her brief record, which features wins over Jordan Nicole Gaza and Amber Stautzenberger, VanZant so far owns the reputation of a well-rounded fighter. Most notable is her striking, but she also brings a solid array of takedowns and a sound awareness of submissions.

“She doesn’t mind exchanging with the other girls,” Torres said. “But she does like to take it to the ground and work her jiu-jitsu—I like that.”

Torres likes fighting opponents that stand and engage with her, but she knows what she must do to force VanZant to oblige. She can promise that once she nullifies VanZant’s takedowns, the younger fighter will have no choice but to comply.

Torres (R) throws a right hand (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

“I’ll be able to keep it standing, and keep it where I want [the fight] to go,” Torres said.

As for her quest to claim a strawweight title, she and the rest of the world will see who will stand atop the strawweight mountain after Carla Esparza fights “Rowdy” Bec Hyatt at Invicta FC 4 for the inaugural Invicta 115-pound title. While the thought of a title shot runs through Torres’ mind, she knows she still has to prove herself worthy while also remaining patient.

“I take every fight as it comes and I never look past an opponent, but I definitely have some goals for me to become a champion, whether it be for Invicta or somebody else,” Torres admitted. “My first goal is [to defeat VanZant], and once I go there and pull out the ‘W’ that I’m expecting and knowing I can do, I’ll take the next fight that Invicta gives me.”

“I say give me a year or two from now, then I will be deserving of the title.”

Tecia would like to thank her coaches and training partners at American Top Team, as well as her mom. Follow her on Twitter: @TeciaTorres

Top Photo:  “The Tiny Tornado” Tecia Torres has her arms raised in victory (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

About The Author

Dale De Souza
Staff Writer

Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.