Jose Torres (9-1-1 MMA, 1-0-1 BRAVE CF) isn’t simply seeking to beat Sean Santella (23-7-2 MMA, 0-1-1 BRAVE CF) of their rematch at BRAVE CF 49; he needs to win convincingly.
“Shorty” Torres and “Shorty Rock” squared off at BRAVE CF 42 in September the place the 2 fought to a majority draw. The 2 “shorty’s” are set to do it once more on March 25, and the winner will advance within the BRAVE Fight Federation flyweight event.
Torres mentioned he enters the rematch in a greater headspace than when he and Santella first fought.
“Sadly, my father handed away,” Torres informed MMASucka. “I had a psychological breakdown. I couldn’t push ahead, and I couldn’t compete with it.”
Torres was scheduled to combat Marcel Adur for the BRAVE flyweight title in November 2019 earlier than his father’s passing. Now, Torres finds himself getting ready to rematch Santella to advance within the promotion’s event.
He mentioned he is aware of neither of them entered their first combat below ideally suited circumstances; Torres had not fought in a year-and-a-half previous to his first bout with Santella, whereas Santella had been out for a 12 months himself.
“I went into that final combat very handicapped and really in my head,” Torres mentioned. “I had quite a lot of nervousness stepping into there. By the point the combat was over, it was a aid of stress off my shoulders. ‘Like, man, why couldn’t this occur no less than two rounds in the past?’ Now I’m having quite a lot of enjoyable.”
He attributes that enjoyable to coaching with former UFC fighter-turned coach Din Thomas. Beneath Thomas, Torres skilled with UFC flyweight Gillian Robertson and David Evans, and mentioned he had a “phenomenal” camp.
Beneath Thomas’ stewardship and a greater headspace, Torres mentioned he’s targeted extra on technique and the way he can rating the win over Santella.
“With the primary combat, I do know I can beat him,” Torres mentioned. “I supply extra expertise than he does. It’s simply the actual fact of truly implementing them. For me, it’s going to be a way more strategic combat. It must be. It’s not going to a protracted, drawn-out determination like this final one. That’s not one thing the followers need, and that’s not one thing I would like. I simply need to have the ability to get the win in a really dominant-fashioned means and be capable of get on to the following spherical.”
Jose Torres vs. Sean Santella II
Torres feels he holds the technical edges within the stand-up and referred to Santella as a floor fighter. “Shorty” mentioned he would take a extra affected person strategy this go-around.
“It’s like Demian Maia vs. Tyron Woodley,” he mentioned. “If I’ve to maneuver and again up a few instances, then so be it. I’ve to strategically use my strain. Within the final combat, he used my strain towards me. He was making an attempt to take me down, however as a result of he couldn’t a number of instances, he would simply pull guard, and a few of them, in very enjoyable trend like Granby rolls. It’s a kind of issues I must be systematic. I must be sensible. I must be Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns and make this a ‘Rocky 3’ kind of combat and slowly break him down till I see my window of alternative.”
Ought to Torres advance, he’s slated to combat the winner between Ali Bagautinov and Dustin Ortiz. Ortiz is a former UFC fighter, whereas Bagautinov as soon as challenged Demetrious Johnson for the UFC flyweight title.
Bagautinov and Ortiz are scheduled to go at it at BRAVE CF 50 on April 1. Torres mentioned he intends to stay in Bahrain an additional week to catch the combat in-person.
“I’m a fan of each of them and I grew up watching these guys,” he mentioned. “It’s an honor to have the ability to probably have the possibility to combat them subsequent.”
Torres mentioned it will imply the “world” to him to win the BRAVE CF flyweight title. At 28, “Shorty” is now getting into his prime. Within the early phases of his profession, Torres was a two-time IMMAF world champion and a dual-weight Titan FC champion.
Torres’ momentum introduced him to the UFC, the place he went 1-1, notching a win over Jarred Brooks and shedding to current flyweight title challenger Alex Perez. Torres, in his BRAVE CF debut, defeated Amir Albazi, who’s at the moment 2-0 within the UFC.
Now in his prime and following the lack of his father, Torres mentioned he considers the BRAVE event a take a look at for himself.
“To see if I’m actually in a position to do that, nonetheless,” Torres mentioned. “With the psychological pressure I’ve been going by way of the previous few years; earlier than the UFC, through the UFC and my beginning run in Courageous, and now clearly COVID, it’s extra of a psychological battle. I’m excited to push by way of and prevail.”
Coaching with Din Thomas
Torres mentioned his coaching camps for Santella – each through the coronavirus pandemic – have been higher than ever. He attributes that to coaching full time with Din Thomas. After Thomas left American High Crew, Torres mentioned he and Gillian Robertson would drive two hours a day to Port St. Lucie to coach with Thomas after coaching at ATT within the morning.
“ATT wasn’t a fan of it, so we determined it was, ‘Hey, I believe it’s higher for us to half methods and prepare with Din Thomas full time,” Torres mentioned. “Each Gillian and I made a decision to remain and just about stay with Din.”
Robertson is from Port St. Lucie and lives a few blocks away from the place Thomas trains. Torres, in the meantime, lives with Thomas.
Torres has skilled at Roufusport, Jackson Wink, American High Crew, Crew Elevation and plenty of different gyms. Torres mentioned he had the assist of his coach, Grasp Bob Schirmer, on the cellphone, but it surely wasn’t hands-on. Coaching and residing with Thomas, Torres has gotten the one-on-one assist that he feels he wanted.
“A lot of the gyms, I wasn’t actually capable of get that, as a result of they’re targeted on their guys,” Torres mentioned. “Particularly with me, being just a little little bit of a fitness center hopper, they had been petrified of me leaving, which is understandably so. I’ve determined to remain and stay with Din. It’s been a few 12 months now. Truthfully, that is simply one among my higher camps, and I’m very pleased about that.”
Torres pointed to how highly-touted and revered Thomas is all through the MMA neighborhood.
“To get up within the morning, have breakfast with the person, study the ins and outs of MMA, contained in the cage and out of doors the cage, promote your self, converse, do that, do this,” Torres mentioned. “The psychological facet has been large. I’m having enjoyable once more within the sport, which is a loopy factor.”
Torres will get two coaching classes per day in with Thomas, he mentioned. The Santella rematch marks Torres’ second full camp below Thomas’ steering. Total, the expertise has been a very good time for Torres.
“Din is a really constructive particular person. He simply is aware of these issues to inform you when you actually need to listen to it most. He’s an exceptional human being. I’m simply pleased for him usually, and I do know he’s pleased for me. He trusts me. That’s why he requested me to return out right here on my own. He is aware of I can do the remainder of the camp on my own; he believes in me that a lot. I take a look at him now as not only a mentor or a coach, however a father determine. I’m very excited for what’s to return.”
Torres doesn’t have an official prediction for the way his rematch with Santella ends, although he mentioned he would intention to complete him. Torres feels, based mostly on the primary combat, he has the higher gasoline tank and the bout favors him the longer it goes.
“I’m not going for it in that very same mindset with the blinders on going for the KO, as a result of that’s what bought me in these essential Jiu-Jitsu scramble conditions that no person likes to play; particularly with Sean being very harmful,” Torres mentioned. “… I’m excited to get a dominating end.”
BRAVE CF 49 is scheduled to go down at Arad Fort in Bahrain at 8:30 a.m. EST Thursday, March 25. Jose Torres and Sean Santella would be the card’s headliner.