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Tyra Parker says she 'doesn't get along' with TUF 20 contestant Tecia Torres

Tyra Parker says she doesn't get along with Tecia Torres
Tyra Parker says she doesn't get along with Tecia Torres
Photo by Esther Lin/ Courtesy of Invicta FC

During the Jan. 6 episode of ProWMMA Now!, hard-hitting submission ace Tyra "The Honey Badger" Parker (3-3) told show host Gina Begley that she doesn't get along with her former training partner, Invicta FC veteran Tecia "The Tiny Tornado" Torres (11-0 MMA, 4-0 Pro).

Parker, 24, declined to go into detail about why their friendship fell apart, but she confirmed that she's not exactly looking forward to patching things up during the upcoming TUF 20 tryouts.

"The Honey Badger" has a fight coming up against 30-year-old 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu standout Kristi "Violencia" Lopez (3-1) on Jan. 18 in California, but then she'll immediately turn her attention to the TUF 20 tryouts, where she could possibly find herself in a fight against Torres.

Parker knows TUF 20 already has plenty of dramatic real-life "beefs", with Bec Hyatt reportedly feuding with Joanne Calderwood and Carla Esparza in a prolonged social media spat with Claudia Gadelha.

She says adding her real-life feud with Torres to the mix will make for some juicy reality-show television when TUF 20 airs later this year.

"Girl I used to train with Tecia Torres. Yeah so I think it'll be a dramatic show for sure. I hope the best for her and I think if anybody is going to win it, she would be my top pick to win it, for sure. But we don't get along," Parker said of the strawweight standout. "Oh girl, wait 'til the show."

While "drama" is fairly prevalent in women's MMA, Parker's comments should come as a bit of a surprise because "The Tiny Tornado" is considered one of the best role models in the sport.

Until recently, no fighters have come out with anything negative to say about Torres.

Of course, former Invicta FC strawweight champ Carla Esparza made headlines by calling Torres out following Invicta FC 7, but that seemed to be more about hyping a potential title fight than anything regarding a personal vendetta.

At the end of the day, Parker's "beef" with Torres will help hype TUF 20 and generate a little interest in a possible fight between them.

Fight fans like to see bouts between people who have a genuine dislike towards one another, so there's really nothing wrong with a little competitive heat to hype up a match.

"I'm going to sound like the bad guy for starting the drama," Parker said. "But it is pro women's MMA and there's always drama with women."

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