The hard-charging prospect remained undefeated and did so in style, as he disposed of Pedro Nobre with first-round punches to retain the Titan Fighting Championship flyweight title in the Titan 43 main event on Saturday at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Florida. Nobre succumbed to blows 1:26 into Round 1.
Torres elected to forgo the feeling-out process and instead drew the Brazilian into a series of dangerous standup exchanges. Nobre did well with body-head combinations but only for a short time. Torres floored him with an overhand right, swarmed when he returned to his feet and sent him to the canvas again with a ringing right uppercut. A few follow-up punches followed, necessitating the stoppage.
In the featherweight co-headliner, Bellator MMA alum Michel Quinones established a foothold at 145 pounds, as he captured a unanimous decision over the previously unbeaten Caio Uruguai Rocha. All three cageside judges scored it 29-28 for Quinones.
The verdict could have gone either way. The two men spent much of their time trading leg kicks, and by fight’s end, they were hobbling around the cage as a result of their work. The spaces in between were marked by subtle momentum shifts. Rocha made his move in the middle stanza, where he countered effectively, executed a takedown and punctuated his punching combinations with low kicks. Quinones responded with a strong third round, as he picked up his pace, hid two- and three-punch bursts behind a stinging jab and remained committed to his assault on Rocha’s leg.
Meanwhile, Blackzilians rep Valdir Araujo submitted Preston Parsons with a first-round guillotine choke in their welterweight showcase. Parsons conceded defeat 4:26 into Round 1.
In other action, Matt Frevola took a unanimous decision from Raush Manfio in a three-round battle at 155 pounds; Anderson Hutchinson submitted Bruce Lutchmedial with a rear-naked choke 2:11 into the second round of their featherweight pairing; Will Starks dispatched Jose Andres Cortes with punches 4:55 into the first round of their clash at 170 pounds; and Gustavo Eddy Balart earned a unanimous decision over Carlos Hernandez in a three-round flyweight confrontation.