Highly touted prospect Tecia Torres (4-0) officially announced her arrival as a legitimate contender with a one-sided decision win over established veteran Felice Herrig (9-5).
The pair opened quickly, with Torres striking the leg and Herrig looking to take the action to the floor. The ensuing clinch proved a stalemate, and they reset in the center. On the restart, it was Torres’ striking that proved the key weapon, and she landed in bunches as she defended Herrig’s takedown attempts. Herrig did push Torres to her back in the closing seconds, but it was after absorbing strikes, and she fell into the beginnings of a triangle choke attempt before the bell.
Torres continued to press with powerful striking for the remainder of the frame and continually shoved aside her opponent’s attempts to take the fight to the floor. In the end, the action was entirely one-way, and even Torres admitted she was surprised how easy it came, earning a unanimous decision with three scores of 30-27.