COCONUT CREEK, Fla. – Money is important, but Jose Torres' flyweight says that it was not the main factor that led him to choose the Brave Combat Federation as his home after a two-fight stint with L & # 39; UFC.
Rather, Torres told MMA Junkie during a recent chat at the American Top Team, it was the respect that Brave CF showed him in their negotiations. And this is something that former double division champion Titan FC believes it has not obtained from the UFC.
"I was not respected at all, with two fights in the last minute in 45 days," said Torres. "With 54 pounds to cut, whatever the case. When I lost, they cut me. They didn't care. Compared to Brave, they're trying to do everything they can to promote me.
"I had to fight two weeks ago, but in the end I became extremely sick, where I'm like, & # 39; Hey, it's all right. We want you to fight 100%. We don't want you to fight 70 percent, but possibly 50 . Enter 100 percent and if you lose, you lose. Win, win. But we will work as hard as possible to give you the best opportunity. & # 39; "
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Having been on the other side of the postponed fights, Torres (8-1) felt guilty for having to reschedule his Brave CF 22 match with Amir Albazi (11-0). But these things – in the case of Torres, a header and a cut that required a visit to the doctor and antibiotics – take place, and Torres appreciates Albazi's willingness to reschedule.
The flyweight meeting will now take place on April 19th at Brave CF 23. And although having to add another six weeks to what will be an eight-month layoff was "really, really depressing", especially after an exceptional field with coach Din Thomas, Torres is confident that he will be able to participate in his promotional debut at his best.
Torres's last battle was Alex Perez's first knockout loss in the August 227 UFC of August. Torres was released from the promotion the following November and was quite noisy at the time, becoming one of the first people to start a conversation about the still uncertain future of the UFC flyweight division.
Torres was not happy with how the promotion's decision to cut his four-fight contract after taking another short-term call against Perez. But the featherweight says that his speed and openness in publicly discussing his situation quickly led to conversations with more promotions, like Rizin, ONE Championship and KSW.
In Brave CF, however, Torres saw a promotion run by fighters, who then understand and respect the struggles of their roster. And he is happy to call it his home for the moment.
"Everyone asks me: & # 39; Do you want to go back to the biggest promotion in the world? – which, right now, is the UFC," Torres said. "(But) because he is the greatest, it does not mean he is the best. Right now, I am having the best possible opportunity with Brave, and I think it is, for me, my home".
To the question of evaluating why this perceived disparity with the fighters among the promotions takes place, Torres indicated the so-called "monetary clashes" that have become so prevalent in the UFC. Like, for example, the fight for the UFC 238 bantamweight title.
The way Torres sees it, Marlon Moraes should fight the 135-pound contender Pedro Munhoz for the vacant title, while long-standing contender 125 Jussier Formiga should be next for Henry Cejudo's flyweight belt. Instead, Cejudo is going to fight against Moraes, while Formiga will meet Joseph Benavidez in a reserve fight.
For Torres, the proliferation of intermediate belts and popularity-based fights is daunting for athletes who, like him, are trying to gain their position on the leaderboards.
"I think the biggest thing right now is that IMG buys the UFC and is really trying to do economic struggles, trying to get fans involved," Torres said. "I think Pedro Munhoz vs Moraes is the great battle, the ranking fight is respectful and should happen later, but they do" Cejudo is the money maker, we give another chance to make a double weight sample ", they really promote it.
"Now they will have, from what I see in the headlines, Cejudo vs. Moraes, and I don't think it's the fight to make. It's a fight for the money? 100 percent. But is the fight respectable, in terms of ranking? No."
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