By Nick Portella
Buckle up fans of the savage science. I got the chance to catch up with Titan FC flyweight champion Jose “Shorty” Torres. Torres has a Earth shattering 25-1 ameatuer record and contniued his path of destruction into the pros. He is 4-0 at the professional level and is the undisputed champion at this time. Pull up a seat and let’s get to know him a bit better.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Jose: It means the world to me. I have the humbled opportunity to be a “Hero” and inspire people to do better in their lives. To go and achieve their goals like I am. If this “Shorty” can do it, then any Shorty can.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts? What was the first discipline you trained in?
Jose: I started at 4 years old and I studied and eventually got my black belt in Shotokan Karate after many years of training
Nick: What belts do you have and in what disciplines?
Jose: I have a black belt in Shotokan Karate, and a brown belt in the Combat-Do training system.
Nick: With an amazing amateur record of 25-1 at which point did you know it was time to step into the pros?
Jose: I was ready when I accomplished my two last goals which were graduating from college (Bachelor’s in Sports and Exercise Science) and won my second straight amateur MMA world championship (IMMAF).
Nick: How long have you been with Combat-Do? KHK MMA Team?
Jose: I have been with Combat-Do since 2008 so almost a full 9 years. I have been with KHK MMA Team for a little over a year now.
Nick: In your 4 professional fights you have wins via KO/TKO and submission. Do you prefer a fight to stay on the feet or take it to the ground?
Jose: I prefer a standup battle because I feel it’s more fan friendly and entertaining for myself and the audience. I don’t mind where the fight goes, but I love the challenge of a good boxing match!
Nick: What would you say is your best attribute as a fighter? Greatest weakness?
Jose: My greatest attribute is I enjoy the challenge. I don’t go in there scared or timid. I go in there to have fun and enjoy the battle to be. My greatest weakness like anyone else’s is my mind. If I let my mind fall, I will fall. Keeping a good mindset is very tough in this sport, but I believe I can, so I will!
Nick: What’s your favorite strike? Submission?
Jose: Strike is a straight right and submission is my signature guillotine that I learned from Combat-Do.
Nick: While carrying a 25 fight win streak and only losing your first amateur match via split decision, do you feel that your style in the cage represents the next generation of MMA fighter?
Jose: My style in my eyes has created a new generation. I believe I’m the first in MMA to accomplish and do what I’ve done in this sport and because of that, I believe many other fighter will follow my path, adapt it to themselves and make it their own to eventually create their own generation of great fighters.
Nick: With cutting weight and fighter safety always being a priority. What methods of cutting weight do you use? How much weight do you usually have to cut before a fight? Do you feel the weight cut has a major impact on your strength before a fight?
Jose: Weight cutting is a horrible method in making weight and I didn’t learn that until I started to painfully struggle in performance mentally and physically. So I decided to learn and ask questions. Now I work with my own weight management specialist Louis Giordano (LouTrition) and because of him, I’ve learned to manage my weight not just during training camp but in between fights so the drop isn’t as difficult. It has improved my game exponentially and because of that I am not able to focus on training, rather than cutting weight.
Nick: You currently hold a championship belt in Titan FC. Do you have intentions to get signed by either UFC or Bellator at some point in your career? If not why? If so which one and why?
Jose: UFC because they are the biggest stage where I believe I can make the best impact on people’s lives. I want to inspire as many people as I possibly can and I think the UFC stage can help me do that.
Nick: Your nickname is Shorty, who gave you that name and why?
Jose: It runs in the family. Both my parents were called Shorty growing up and I eventually was honored with the name. It’s means (besides being short in stature) a young person trying to come up to make an impact. I’m another “Shorty” trying to do big things.
Nick: What do you think of the USADA banning fighters for non controlled substances that can be purchased in any drugstore or GNC?
Jose: I think it’s awesome! This should be a sport where a person should be able to fight another without any excuse or reason behind why they won or lost because of the use of any USADA drugs or product.
Nick: You understand that marketing is important in this sport, especially when you have a record like yours and are a champion. Do you have any plans to further your marketing with apparel?
Jose: I will be continuing to make more clothing, stickers, posters and so on for my fans and supporters to have. It’s awesome to know people want to show off my logo and help me grow in my career. I have created my website (joseshortytorres.com) and will continue to keep building and promoting myself anyway I can. Being a great fight is only part of the job in this sport.
Nick: What tips would you give young up and coming fighters just getting into the fight game?
Jose: Practice practice practice and that not just in the gym, but get as many amateur fights as possible from MMA, kickboxing, boxing, bjj and many other martial art styles. If you want to be great in your profession, you need to practice! It’s long and tough to do, but if you want to be respected as a pro, you need to do the grind as an Ammy.
Nick: As you know not every fighter is the same inside or outside the cage. While talking with several people that have interacted with you they all said that you were a pleasure to deal with. ow important is it for you to be “fan friendly” even though it is not a requirement?
Jose: It’s huge! No one wants to help and support a person no one likes. Being fan friendly is big because you need people’s help to move forward in this sport. I don’t care what anyone says, you can’t do this sport alone. I always say “If I can, I will”. Help and treat people like you want to be treated inside and outside the sport and spot light.
Nick: What is next for you in the fight world? I know your fans are eager to know.
Jose: I’m not to sure yet. I was expecting to move up to the UFC soon, but I was sadly turned down. So right now my team and I are trying to figure out what is the next best step for me. So once I know, everyone will know!
Nick: If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be? Why?
Jose: Manny pacquiao because he has been my biggest idol in combative sports. I would love the honor to see where my skill is at, to get tips and to just enjoy the man’s presence and say thank you for inspiring me the way I’m trying to inspire people.
Nick: Any breaking news or fights coming up that have not been announced as of yet?
Jose: Not at this time.
I would like to thank Jose for taking a moment to sit and answers some questions. He is a great guy and I thoroughly enjoyed this. Head over to joseshortytorres.com and check out more information about Jose and check out his shop. Jose also wanted to thank each and every fan that has been with him for this journey. For me, I am waiting to see his UFC debut which will come in time.