Tecia Torres previews her upcoming fight against Mackenzie Dern at UFC 273

Tecia Torres asked for one thing after her victory over Angela Hill last August at UFC 265. That one thing was that her next fight would come against a top five opponent.

Torres was ranked high in the strawweight division, but a four fight losing streak set her back. In her mind, there shouldn’t of been a set back as three of those losses came to former champions Jessica Andrade , Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Zhang Weili. The other was to Marina Rodriguez, who is making a case to be the next title challenger following the upcoming strawweight title fight between Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza.

Nonetheless, Torres worked her way back up the rankings after pilling up wins over Brianna Van Buren, Sam Hughes and Hill and now after three straight wins, Torres got her wish.

She originally agreed to fight Yan Xiaonan, but the fight never came through. After that, the UFC offered Torres a fight with Mackenzie Dern and both sides agreed to fight on the main card of UFC 273 on April 9.

Prior to the fight, Torres spoke with MyMMANews about her matchup with Dern, the landscape of the strawweight division and life outside of the cage. You can watch her full interview in the video above.

A full list of fights scheduled for UFC 273 are listed below:
Alexander Volkanovski (C) vs. “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung – for the UFC featherweight championship
Aljamain Sterling (C) vs. Petr Yan (IC) – for the UFC bantamweight championship
Gilbert Burns vs. Khamzat Chimaev
Mackenzie Dern vs. Tecia Torres
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Dricus Du Plessis
265 lbs.: Ilir Latifi vs. Aleksei Oleinik
Raquel Pennington vs. Aspen Ladd
Ian Garry vs. Darian Weeks
Anthony Hernandez vs. Josh Fremd
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Marcin Tybura
Mickey Gall vs. Mike Malott
Julio Arce vs. Daniel Santos
Mark Madsen vs. Vinc Pichel
Kay Hansen vs. Piera Rodriguez

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John Eric Poli