According to an Oct. 6 tweet from SportsGeeks, Invicta FC strawweight contender Tecia Torres says she's not on the upcoming Invicta FC 7 card and that her life as a full-time fighter could come to an end as soon as this week.
Torres, 24, didn't quite go so far as to say she's retiring, but she did hint that she would look into getting a full-time job outside of the MMA arena if she's not at least part of a fight card by early next year.
"No Fights.. Looks like my full-time fight life will come to an end this week," Torres posted via Facebook. "Boo.. but life realities are hitting me. Its been a great 5 months. Crossing my fingers to get on a card early 2014. & Hoping WMMA expands a some more widely to keep us busier. If not in due time Ill be career path headed instead of fighting. #fightlife #itainteasy #determined."
It would be a shame if Torres is forced out of MMA due to inactivity. As she proved with her recent victory over "Thug" Rose Namajunas, Torres is one of the brightest up-and-coming stars in the world at 115 pounds.
"Something will come!! Just sharing my thoughts. Thanks guys. I'm confident Invicta will only get bigger and better providing all us ladies with more shows..I know I'm not the only one waiting to fight," Torres added in the Facebook thread.
Invicta FC 7 is slated for Dec. 7 in Kansas City, Missouri. The official fight card hasn't yet been announced, but it seems clear that Torres will not be part of it, barring injury to another 115-pounder.
Torres also said it's not likely she'll be fighting on the upcoming Lion Fight Muay Thai card, as she explained that the promotion is more interested in signing local fighters for the card at present time.
"Lion fight decided to stay with locals.. so that's a no go for this year too," Torres noted.
If there's any light at the end of the tunnel, Invicta FC boss Shannon Knapp said in a recent interview that the promotion will be doing 8-10 events in 2014, which would be twice as many as they did this year.
If that is to actually happen, fighters will have more opportunities to compete and make money. In the meantime, hopefully Torres will be able to stay active elsewhere.
It would be a shame to lose such a promising talent for the sole reasons being inactivity and inability to find a fight. This is one story that should have a happy ending. It just might take some time.