Although the pair shared a training home at American Top Team, Torres said they only trained together once.
“She was there for a while before I left, but honestly, she didn’t train with the UFC girls,” Torres (10-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who meets Jedrzejczyk (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at UFC on FOX 30, told reporters backstage at UFC 224. “I don’t know if that’s changed since I left ATT, but she would always do her own thing, or use the, I’ll say, lower-tier girls.”
Before she moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., to work with her fiancee and coach Raquel Pennington, Torres said there was an abundance of talent for Jedrzejczyk to sharpen her skills against, including women’s strawweights Nina Ansaroff, Jessica Aguilar and Valerie Letourneau. The team bonded as they helped each other improve, which made Jedrzejczyk’s choice to remain separate look like a competitive move.
“We get to train with girls that are the best in the world, at my weight class? Hell yeah, come train with me,” Torres said. “But it was different for her. So I never got to train with her, and I really don’t care that I didn’t, because I had awesome teammates.”
Jedrzejczyk has repeatedly sung the praises of her coaches and training partners at ATT, a sharp difference from the public criticism she leveled at her nutritionists after she lost her title to current champ Rose Namajunas.
Following a second loss to Namajunas in April, Jedrzejczyk remained defiant about her standing, declaring herself the queen of the women’s strawweight division.
Torres hasn’t been impressed by the former champ’s attitude about her recent career.
“I think that’s not being humble as I believe she should be, especially after being defeated twice by the same person,” Torres said. “I think she should give Rose more props because Rose deserves to be there, and she’s been a great champion.
“I don’t know – it’s kind of funny when somebody does cocky gestures like that. But to me, it doesn’t get to me, because I never (expletive) talk about anybody. I just let my work speak for itself.”
After a loss in February to Jessica Andrade, Torres hopes to improve her resume with a win over Jedrzejczyk. The two meet July 28 at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The event’s main card airs live on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Torres thinks Jedrzejczyk should give herself a reality check before stepping into the cage.
“Rose is the champ,” she said. “Joanna is not the strawweight queen. When she wins again and she wants to call herself that again, OK. But right now, she’s not.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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