American standout Jose “Shorty” Torres remains optimistic, despite missing out on the opportunity to advance to the finals of the prestigious BRAVE CF Flyweight World Title Tournament.
With Less than 24 hours before the official weigh-ins, Torres opted to pull out of the semifinal clash against Ali “Puncher King” Bagautinov at BRAVE 55 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia last Saturday, November 6.
The 29-year-old native of Chicago, Illinois had difficulties meeting the contracted weight limit for the bout. As a result, former opponent and compatriot Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella stepped in to face the Russian powerhouse in front of his hometown fans.
With the weight mishap that he had to go through, Torres has decided to move up in weight for his next cage assignment.
“Sadly, I had to back out of the fight. My health was not corresponding with me. My body got burned out. It’s an unforeseen circumstance that’s way beyond my control. I tried to push through, but my body couldn’t continue,” he said.
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“I thought I already met the flyweight limit, but I was still way off. I am exhausted. Right now, I’m going to focus on my health. Next time I get inside the BRAVE CF cage will be at bantamweight. I am officially done with flyweight,” Torres added.
Bagautinov went on to defeat Santella at BRAVE CF 55 via 61-second stoppage, booking a ticket to the finals to face Velimurad Alkhasov in the finals. Meanwhile, BRAVE CF has yet to confirm Torres’ next outing.
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