Jose “Shorty” Torres to make Brave debut in Manila

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Jose “Shorty” Torres is set to make Brave debut in Manila.

Former UFC flyweight Jose Torres has a date for his Brave debut. The American wrestler will take on Sweden’s Amir Albazi in a flyweight bout at Brave 22, set for the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on 15 March.

“Shorty” announced the deal via social media.

Torres, a former IMMAF amateur world champion, said his four-fight deal with Brave starts in Manila and will take him around the world. It will also include a role on the Brave commentary team, but that’s nothing new for Torres, having commentated in the first-ever Brave in 2016.

He told the MMA Hour that he was looking to become a two-division champion with the Bahrain-based promotion.

“Hopefully, I can get a title shot after this fight and become the first-ever flyweight champ for Brave,” he said.

Standing across from him will be 25-year-old Albazi, who fought twice under the Bellator banner and has gone undefeated since turning pro in 2009.

Brave 22 will be headlined by a bantamweight title fight between current champion Stephen Loman and former featherweight titleholder Elias Boudegzdame. It will also mark the first time Brave has visited the Philippines.

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