According to an Oct. 11 post from Guardian Sports Group, Invicta FC strawweight contender Tecia Torres doesn't mind if her upcoming fight with Muay Thai ace Felice Herrig goes to the ground or stays standing.
Torres, 24, says she'll have the upper hand wherever the bout ends up. “I think I have an edge everywhere,” Torres said. “She’s going to come and keep giving it to me the whole fight. But it’s going to be fun, it’s going to be tough, it’s going to be hard.”
Against past opponents, Herrig may have seen such comments and responded with a quick-witted jab of her own. But not this time. Not against Torres, one of the brightest young role models in the sport.
The 29-year-old Illinois native seems poised to have a drama-free pre-fight buildup, which is rare for her. "Lil' Bulldog" has had notable "beefs" with a handful of her past opponents, including Heather Jo Clark, Patricia Vidonic and Amanda LaVoy.
However, she doesn't have any personal issue with Torres, so fight fans shouldn't get too excited about a Twitter beef forming before their Dec. 7 clash. "@EricHolden @TeciaTorres seems to me you're the one that starts drama Eric. Just button up and buckle up," Herrig tweeted to Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden.
Torres agrees with Herrig that she wants to skip the drama and let fists do the talking.
"@EricHolden @feliceherrig Not my style. Our Ring Work Ethic is enough already and speaks for itself. The hype is real already!!" Torres tweeted.
Pre-fight trash-talking has never been Torres' style, so fight fans should instead be more shocked at Herrig's new approach. Is she trying to be a good girl now that she's fighting for a new promotion? Is she suddenly more mature than in past years? Or does she simply not have anything bad to say about Torres because she's such a nice person?
Honestly it could be a combination of each of the aforementioned items. Herrig wants to make a good impression on her new bosses with Invicta FC, and she's clearly more mature now at age 29 than she was in her early fighting years.
And its hard to find anything to trash-talk Torres about. At age 24, Torres has never had a sip of alcohol, done drugs, tried a cigarette or been involved in any outside-the-cage scandals. Besides being an intelligent, career-minded young woman, she's an inspiration and positive role model for the next generation of female fighters.
It would be a bad look for Herrig to start drama just for the sake of hyping the fight, so both ladies have been smart about being respectful this time around.
Fight fans love real rivalries and pre-fight trash-talking to help hype a bout, but Torres vs Herrig is one case where its best to let fists do the talking.
Women’s world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion Invicta Fighting Championships will return to Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City with a stacked, nine-bout event featuring three world title fights, including a key strawweight bout between Torres and Herrig.
“We are excited about returning to the big stage in full force with another loaded card featuring a fantastic mix of world championship bouts and other world-class MMA action that will see a collection of the best women fighters on the planet face off against each other,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp.
Herrig fights Torres on the main card of Invicta FC 7 on Dec. 7 in Kansas City.