Ultimate Fighting Championship
lightweight division on Saturday
will see the debut of its latest addition: Manuel Roberto
. Nicknamed “El Loco,” he fights out of Chihuahua,
Mexico, and draws his first Octagon assignment against Frank
UFC on ESPN 36
in Las Vegas. Torres, 27, sports a 12-2 record
and has gone the distance only once in his 14-fight career. The
Entram Gym representative’s opposition thus far carries a .589
cumulative winning percentage (86-60-2).

Dana White’s Contender Series
graduate, Torres carries an
uncommon killer instinct that allows him to target his opponent’s
weak spots until he authors a stoppage. He delivered his quickest
finish in just 12 seconds when he cut down Andres Baca
with a liver kick at Red Cage 5 in June 2016. The Mexican prospect
is as vicious on the canvas as he is on the feet, as evidenced by
the fact that he has secured six of his 12 victories by submission.
Torres favors the rear-naked choke.

Torres’ journey to the Octagon began eight years ago, when he made
his professional debut at World Best Gladiators 2. He spent most of
his career in his native Mexico, where he faced all kinds of
competition. Torres’ most impressive victory on the regional scene
was a first-round submission of Adonilton
at Beat Down MMA 3 that brought him the promotion’s
featherweight championship. Still, he followed the win with subpar
performances against
Mahatma Chit-Bala Garcia Avalos
and Carlos
Calvo Calvo
that resulted in the only two defeats on his
resume. Torres has since bounced back with a three-fight winning
streak that covers a total cage time of 3:38. After submitting
Danie Vega with a rear-naked choke in 63 seconds under the RRR
Promotions banner in March 2020, Torres outdid himself by forcing
Enrique Canada
to tap to a standing guillotine choke a mere 25
seconds into their Ultimate Warrior Challenge 27 pairing on June
11, 2021.

The quick submission victories caught the attention of UFC
President Dana
, who offered Torres the chance to compete for a UFC
contract against Kolton
in October. Torres dictated the terms of their DWCS
engagement thanks to a sharp jab, which led to a bloody nose for
his counterpart. The most significant moment of the match followed
a grappling exchange against the fence. As Torres disengaged and
pushed away his opponent, Englund complained about an eye poke that
referee Herb Dean did
not see. He capitalized on the opportunity and landed with heavy
punches that dropped Englund where he stood. Torres followed with
elbows until “The White Assassin” could no longer intelligently
defend himself.