Torres has been released from his UFC contract and will compete
Nov. 2 for Kansas-based promotion
Titan Fighting Championship.
The bantamweight announced the news on his official website Tuesday
night but did not name an opponent for his Titan FC debut. The
Nov. 2 show takes place in Hammond, Ind., where Torres owns and
operates his own MMA gym. Titan FC officials could not be
immediately reached for comment.
“I am excited to continue fighting, to regain my focus and to get
back to what made me a champion,” Torres wrote. “I have dedicated
my whole life to mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. From
teaching, to training and fighting -- from the lowest to the
highest levels -- my passion in life is to be the best that I can
Torres, 31, rose to prominence in 2008 when he captured the World
Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight crown by choking out Chase Beebe
at WEC 32. Three successful title defenses would follow for the
Hoosier, who topped challengers Yoshiro
Maeda, Manny Tapia
Mizugaki before losing his belt via first-round knockout to
Bowles in 2009.
Torres would stumble in his next bout as well, submitting to a
Benavidez guillotine choke later that year. Following the
defeat, Torres began training at the Tristar Gym in Montreal.
Back-to-back wins over Charlie
Valencia and Antonio
Banuelos would follow, as bantamweight made the transition from
the WEC to the UFC.
Two losses in three fights would then follow for Torres, who
dropped a controversial unanimous decision to future title
Johnson before outpointing a game but overmatched Nick Pace.
Most recently, Torres was knocked cold by heavy-handed prospect
McDonald, falling to the Californian at UFC 145 this past