Fighting out of Chicago, Illinois, United States, Jose “Shorty” Torres, 26, was one of the winners at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor.” It was his first win and first bout in Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion Brave Combat Federation.
Featuring 12 mixed martial arts matches, which included three title bouts, “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” took place at the Martyr Rashid Al-Ziyoud Hall Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan on April 19, 2019. It was Brave CF’s second event in the country.
In the seventh bout of the evening, Torres faced his fellow Brave CF debutante Amir “The Prince” Albazi, 25, Iraq and Sweden. They competed in the flyweight division.
After three five-minute rounds, the flyweight contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, the referee raised the hand of Torres, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
All of the judges scored the bout 29-28 in favor of Torres. It made him the first fighter to defeat Albazi in a professional MMA bout.
Winning at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” improved Torres’s professional MMA record to 9 wins and 1 loss. Albazi now has 11 wins and 1 loss.
In 2016, Torres made his successful professional MMA debut. In the same year, he earned two more wins.
Torres previously competed in Titan Fighting Championship and in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Albazi competed in Bellator MMA from 2017 to 2018.
Albazi made his successful professional MMA debut in 2009 and in the same year, he earned his second professional MMA win. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, he relocated with his family to Sweden because of war.
At “Brave 23: Pride and Honor,” Torres solely represented the U.S. while Albazi was one of the two fighters who represented Sweden and one of the two fighters who represented Iraq. Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, England, France, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Russia, South Africa, Tunisia and Wales were also represented.
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