Tecia Torres Opens Up About Body Image Struggles

When you see an athlete in the type of fighting condition that Tecia Torres is in, you might wonder how in the world someone like her could ever have a body image issue. Believe it or not, Torres’ struggles with her self image had precisely to do with being in such great condition.

In a short essay posted to her Instagram account, along with a photo of Torres’ incredible physique, Torres opened up about her lifelong struggles with how she saw herself in the wake of how other people saw her.

In the post, Torres also noted that she would be penning a first-hand essay on the topic, which is slated to appear in a future issue of Teen Vogue magazine.

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Torres’ essay:

Tecia Torres - body imageTruth be told, for as long as I can remember, I’ve struggled with my body image. Thanks to my parents, I am naturally gifted with a muscular petite frame.

Growing up, I was on the sour end of bullying, to the point where girls in my middle school class would draw a ‘masculine muscular’ looking woman on the board in an attempt to make fun of me. It worked. I felt alone and like my body was different. Looking back, I was different. My young body was a product of my hard work. I’ve been a martial artist since age 5 and I’ve always been an athlete. During these years, adult women would always stop my mom and ask what I did. They loved my body. I never could quite grasp why they would want my figure for their own.

Fast forward to a Mixed Martial Arts career in the UFC. The bullying began again with other adult women competitors speaking up as if they had known me my entire life or were apart of my daily activity. Because I am in such phenomenal shape, I must me using some type of performance enhancing drug. On The Ultimate Fighter, rumor had it I was throwing up. I’ve always found these comments so hilarious. I’m confident in saying I’m one of cleanest athletes in the sport. I’m very open about my straight-edge lifestyle.

On the opposite side of silly adult bullying, I am grateful to live in a generation where strong is being seen as beautiful and little girls are growing up knowing their bodies were made beautifully no matter what shape, size, or color it is.

It took me a long time to love my body image. What motivates me even more is knowing that I’m inspiring all sorts of people to pursue their dreams and create goals. You are my motivation, so thank you for that and for following my career and life whether it’s during an up or a down. I love you.

Truth be told, for as long as I can remember I’ve struggled with my body image. Thanks to my parents I am naturally gifted with a muscular petite frame. Growing up I was on the sour end of bullying, to the point were girls in my middle school class would draw a “masculine muscular” looking women on the board, in an attempt to make fun of me. It worked. I felt alone and like my body was different. Looking back I was different. My young body was a product of my hard work. I’ve been a martial artist since age 5 and I’ve always been an athlete. During these years, adult woman would always stop my mom and ask what I did. They loved my body. I never could quite grasp why they would want my figure for their own. Fast forward to a Mixed Martial Arts career in the @ufc. The bullying began again with other adult women competitors speaking up as if they had known me my entire life or were apart of my daily activity. Because I am in such phenomenal shape I must me using some type of performance enhancing drug. On The Ultimate Fighter rumor had it I was throwing up. I’ve always found these comments so hilarious. I’m confident in saying I’m one of cleanest athletes in the sport. I’m very open about my straightedge lifestyle. On the opposite side of silly adult bullying I am grateful to live in a generation where strong is being seen as beautiful and little girls are growing up knowing their bodies were made beautifully no matter what shape, size, or color it is. It took me a long time to love my body image. What motivates me even more is knowing that I’m inspiring all sorts of people to pursue their dreams and create goals. You are my motivation, so thank you for that and for following my career and life whether it’s during an up or a down. I love you. – Tecia P.S I’m going to be writing a first hand essay that will be published in @teenvogue similar to this. Look out for it in the next few months. XoKo : @ohrangutang : @cristinapilo

A post shared by Tecia Torres (@teciatorres) on Apr 28, 2017 at 9:28am PDT

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Daniel Cormier Tells Jon Jones It’s Now or Never

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is tired of waiting around for Jon Jones. He’s laid down an ultimatum, it’s now or never.

Though Cormier lost to Jones in their first fight at UFC 182 in early 2015, he’s tired of waiting around for the rematch. And now that he’s the champ, Cormier isn’t inclined to go by Jones’ wants. 

UFC 200 Daniel Cormier vs Jones Jones pre faceoffJones has been sidelined for the past year, dealing with a UFC Anti-Doping Violation that derailed a rematch with Cormier at last summer’s UFC 200. Jones’ 12-month suspension ends in early July, freeing him to meet Cormier in the Octagon at UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, Calif.

Jones, however, has hinted that he might prefer a tune-up fight first. Cormier is not agreeable to what Jones wants, perhaps sensing a moment of weakness in the former champion.

“I stand on take the fight with me, Jon Jones,” Cormier responded when asked what he thought of Jones possibly wanting a tune-up fight during Wednesday’s episode of UFC Tonight. “There’s no tune-up fights in the UFC. If you’re a guy that has dominated the division as he has, why not come back and try to get your title? Come meet your boy, D.C., come get this money. Let’s get money together and give the people in Anaheim a show. No tune-up for Jon Jones. He gets to come and get beat by me this time.”

And Cormier doesn’t appear to be giving Jones much wiggle room on the idea, as UFC president Dana White has already said, the Cormier vs. Jones rematch is a fight he wants to put together for UFC 214.

“We’re fighting right now or he doesn’t get to fight me. It’s my rules, I’m the champ now,” Cormier continued. “I”m the champ now, he plays by my rules.”

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Beleaguered by his personal issues, Jones has fought only once since defeating Cormier in January of 2015. That was against Ovince Saint-Preux. It was a fight that Jones won, but he didn’t look like the dominant force that laid waste to numerous legends in the 205-pound division. 

Cormier noticed. He believes that’s the new normal for Jones now that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is wielding a heavy hand over the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. And riding a four-fight winning streak since losing to Jones, Cormier is brimming with confidence.

“The person that we saw against Ovince Saint-Preux is the new USADA-regulated Jon Jones. He’s always going to look like that. Yes, I will beat him up on July 29.”

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Conor McGregor Isn’t Restricting His Training to Boxing’s Very Limited Rules

We still don’t have any official word on a date, location, or even the fight being signed, but if Conor McGregor does eventually face Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match, the UFC lightweight champion intends to be ready. But, he won’t restrict himself to the limitation’s of boxing’s Queensbury rules.

While McGregor’s bluster is often compared to that of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, he tends to fancy Bruce Lee in his approach to training.

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Myself and @sbgcharlestown have been working together on unrestricted, unarmed fighting, since we are kids. Not much will change when I fight under the famed, yet very limited, Queensbury rules. No disrespect to single discipline fighters, from boxing to kicking to grappling, just know that understanding one style of fighting is simply not enough. You are lying to yourself. You are easily dismantled in a true fight. A fight with no rules to protect you. In a straight fight, you do not possess enough tools to keep you alive. You will be dismantled and killed. Like the late, great Bruce Lee once said: “When you are talking about fighting, as it is, with no rules, well then baby, you’d better train every part of your body”

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Cub Swanson Out of Action with a Broken Hand

Cub Swanson avoided the UFC Nashville medical suspension list, but he didn’t emerge from the event unscathed.

Though Swanson received the mandatory minimum 7-day rest period required of all fighters following his fight with Artem Lobov at UFC Fight Night 108 on Saturday, it appears he had an injury that slipped under the radar of Tennessee’s doctors. 

Swanson won a five-round unanimous decision, but during a UFC on FOX PROcast on Wednesday, Swanson revealed that he suffered a broken hand during the fight. 

Cub Swanson“I just got back from the doctors, I don’t know when, but I broke my hand at some point,” said Swanson, adding, “That’s the tenth time I’ve broken my hand. So it’s been a little bit of a problem, but I’ll heal up.”

If it doesn’t prove to be too severe, the broken hand isn’t likely to affect Swanson’s plans all that much. He had already intended on taking some time off for the birth of his first child, so he wasn’t likely to fight again until late in 2017 anyway.

As for his next fight, Swanson has already got a target. Should their fight go ahead as planned at UFC 212 in June, Swanson would like to fight the winner of the UFC featherweight unification bout between champion Jose Aldo and interim titleholder Max Holloway.

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“I’d like to fight the winner of Aldo and Holloway. It’s about time. I think I’ve won 9 out of 11; so, let’s do it.”

In face, Swanson is 10-2 in his last 12 bouts. His only losses were to Aldo and Holloway, while taking out many of the other top names in the division, so it wouldn’t be unreasonable for the UFC to grant him that title shot upon his return.

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