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.
#MotivationMonday And the news is out! I will be fighting for @bravemmaf on #BraveCF22 in the Philippians, March 15th against 11-0 @AmirAlbazi Let the best fighter win #FOTN #WeCan #WeWill #Together #WeAre #TeamShorty pic.twitter.com/OoUAm3O6Ai
— Jose Shorty Torres (@ShortyTorres125) February 4, 2019
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.