TUF 25 Finale results: Tecia Torres chokes out Juliana Lima for first stoppage win of career

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When Tecia Torres couldn’t inflict her ground game on Juliana Lima, she had to settle for letting Lima’s ground game come to her.

That paid off early in the second round, as Torres (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) pivoted off a Lima (9-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) takedown attempt to take the back and sink the rear-naked choke, forcing the tap at the 0:53 mark of Round 2.

The women’s strawweight was part of today’s UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The preliminary-card bout streamed on UFC Fight Pass prior to the FS1-televised prelims and main card.

After being taken down early in the opening round and then battling back to her feet, Torres struggled to turn the tables on the bigger Lima. After a takedown attempt from the clinch was stymied when Lima grabbed the fence to stay on her feet, Torres had to use her speed to dart in and out with strikes.

She was still finding success in the stand-up game to start the second, forcing Lima back towards the fence with punches when Lima came lunging forward in search of a takedown. Torres defended and then swung quickly to Lima’s back, locking up the choke as they fell to the mat.

Lima tried to defend the choke, but as Torres slipped the forearm under her chin and squeezed she had no choice but to submit, bringing an end to the bout less than a minute into the second round.

“At this point in my career, I feel like if I want to fight with the best, I have to be able to beat everybody else in the division,” Torres said. “I really wanted the opportunity to fight Juliana and I felt confident with my training thus far in Colorado.

“I think that ‘Karate Hottie’ (Michelle Waterson) can get me the title shot. I understand that she’s coming off a loss against Rose (Namajunas) in her last fight. That’s who I’ve been waiting for – karate vs.versus karate – and I think that’s a big enough fight to propel me into the No. 1 contender spot. I can be ready to go again as soon as late August.”

The win makes it two in a row for Torres, who earned the first stoppage victory of her pro career. Lima has now lost two of her last three.

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Steven Marrocco contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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