Ronys Torres – standout Amazonian from Nova Uniao – won his International Trials match in stunning fashion to be seeded in the ROAD FC $1 Million Tournament. On July 15, 2017 at Xiaomi ROAD FC 040, he will face Russia Trials winner Elnur Agaev in the opening round.
Torres has an impressive MMA record of 34-5 which includes a short run in the UFC in 2010 while dominating in Brazilian promotions. And, like many Brazilians, Torres started very early in jiu jitsu, however it wasn’t for the typical reason of a young boy simply being interested in martial arts.
“I started training jiu-jitsu at the age of 13 because it was part of a social project for needy children. Now, I have seven titles, I’m a Mundials BJJ Champion and Brazil BJJ Champion, and in MMA I’m the champion in Shooto Brazil, Champions League, and Cage Fight.”
Torres has fought long and hard to be where he is. He wasn’t handed anything, and it has been with much sacrifice and great faith that he’s come this far. In order to train with the best camp, he has lived almost half of his life away from his family, and has missed a great deal of his own daughter’s young life.
“I have already lived away from my family for 16 years. But after every fight, I always travel to see my wife and my daughter. I love being with my daughter.”
Though he’s had an incredible career thus far, Torres continues to be humble and give thanks for his opportunities, especially for being involved in the highest prize money lightweight tournament in MMA history.
“To be a fighter is to fight even though your future is uncertain. But we are warriors, and we never give up, this is what it means to be a real fighter. So now, I want to thank Road FC for the opportunity to fight in this historic event. Road FC is such a wonderful promotion and I’m fulfilled to be fighting here. I have fought in many events, but I have never been treated so well. I love Korea, it’s a beautiful place, and the fans are the best in the world. I promise to put on a great show for all of you.”
Torres has a gloried career, but he still suffers and sacrifices so much to stay in the game. For him, winning $1 million will give hime so much more than financial riches.
“If I win the Tournament, it will change my life, I will finally be able to return to live with my family: my daughter, my wife, my parents. I really want this. My family is everything, they are my base, it is for them that I fight, and for them that I will win. And I will win if God permits it.”
Aside from his own abilities and motivation, there is one man who will be in the way of it all, ROAD FC Lightweight Champion Kwon A-Sol.
“Kwon A-Sol, I’ll do anything for this opportunity. I’m coming to take your belt.”
Ronys Torres faces Elnur Agaev in the opening round of the $1 Million Lightweight Tournament at Xiaomi ROAD FC 040 on July 15, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.