Jose “Shorty” Torres on BRAVE CF 70 co-main event: ‘I will finish Nkosi Ndebele’

BRAVE Combat Federation star Jose Torres might be one of the most feared fighters in global MMA, but he is also known as the gentleman of the BRAVE CF roster. As he gets ready to face South Africa’s Nkosi “The Future” Ndebele at BRAVE CF 70, on April 23, ”Shorty” is set on making a statement and sending a message to the entire 135-pound division.

He has competed at the highest levels, and while he has often copped some of the most-severe pre-fight trash-talk, Torres chooses to keep the controlled chaos for the cage. That, however, doesn’t mean he can’t speak his mind and Jose is confident that he has what it takes to beat Ndebele and punch a ticket to a world title shot. In a detailed breakdown of the match-up, the KHK Team Bahrain representative, who’s training at Xtreme Couture, in Las Vegas, to prepare for Ndebele, predicted a finish over his South-African counterpart.

“Nkosi is a good fighter. He is taller and longer than me. He likes to fight at a distance. He seems very, very strong, and it is evident through his takedown defense. He can be very aggressive while walking forward. My game plan is pretty simple. I have to put him on his heels and ensure his back is always towards the fence. Even though I feel that I can stand and bang with him, I need to be cautious of his ability to throw long, powerful shots from a distance. I believe Nkosi is going to move around a lot. He won’t have a choice but to circle. If he does not circle, it will allow me to close the distance much easier before I either use my body locks to tie him down or possibly counter-strike, which can also lead to a level-change takedown”,

“I have to keep myself accountable until I get him to the ground. He does not like to stay on the canvas, and Nkosi will fight hard to get back up. Can I keep him down? Will he leave himself open to submissions or even ground and pound? If he does get back up, how many times will he be able to do that before he can’t anymore? Nkosi is going to tire, and I will take advantage of that. I can’t predict the result, but I will finish Nkosi Ndebele,” said Torres.

Ndebele has also been in scintillating form, riding a five-fight win streak from 2019, with his last win coming against Indonesia’s Fajar “Macho Kamacho’’ at BRAVE CF 66. However, Torres believes there’s a question to be asked regarding his opponent’s past level of competition.

“Nkosi has looked great against other good fighters, but, I think when you take the next step up in competition against someone like myself, it’s a make-or-break moment for him. Is he going to shine? Will he show me that he is a great fighter, not just a good one? Maybe I put him in his place and go ‘Hey man…you’re good, and you might be great one day, but you will always be behind me as long as I am around.’”

BRAVE CF 70 will see the promotion return to Slovenia for the second time in three years, and the show will be co-promoted with leading regional MMA promotion WFC once again. The show is headlined by Bosnian superstar Erko Jun taking on Slovenian legend Marko Drmonjic in a Light Heavyweight bout.


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