Tecia Torres knows first hand about a topic being widely talked about around the sports world right now.
Recently, United States gymnast Simone Biles made headlines after removing herself from a number of competitions at the Olympic games for mental health reasons. Not long after the Biles story hit the media airwaves, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers discussed his tough offseason saga with his team and how he spent the whole summer working on mental health. Of course before those two recent big stories, tennis superstar Naomi Osaka dropped out of the French Open and Wimbledon due to her mental health.
Torres has been open about her mental health struggles for about two year now and she’s been using her platform as a professional fighter to bring light to the issue. Ahead of her UFC 265 fight with Angela Hill, Torres spoke to MyMMANews about the topic. In fact, Torres mentioned the mental health struggles of this fight camp as her grandmother has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Following the this Saturday’s fight, Torres plans on heading to Florida to spend time with her grandmother, but as fight night approaches, Torres is keeping a clear head as she looks to once again beat Hill. The two fought back in 2015, which resulted in Torres earning a unanimous decision victory.
When the two meet on Saturday, Torres will enter as the No. 10 ranked strawweight contender in the world according to the the official UFC strawweight rankings, while Hill comes in at No. 12. Torres believes that a win can get her a top five opponent given the number of former champions she’s already faced, plus a win on Saturday puts her on a three-fight winning streak.
Aside from mental health awareness and this weekend’s fight, Torres also talked about training with former opponent and current strawweight champion Rose Namajunas, her relationship with Raquel Pennington and her recent visit to Hershey park.
You can watch her full pre-fight interview with MyMMANews in the video above.