I might be going out on a limb here, but I think Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strawweight contender Tecia Torres is unhappy watching a fighter she beat -- 115-pound phenom Paige VanZant -- get showered with attention, after recently becoming the promotion's unofficial "golden girl."
I dunno, just a hunch.
Torres told MMA Fighting that VanZant, who is now 2-0 inside the Octagon and ranked No. 7 after dominating Felice Herrig at UFC on FOX 15 (watch it), can expect to be protected moving forward, at least from a matchmaking perspective, so that UFC President Dana White can capitalize on her "it factor."
"I don't think 'Daddy Dana' would give her a title shot, because he doesn't want to see her die. It's kind of crazy to see the amount of attention they got just because the looks that they portray. But that's what sells. That's what's going to make the company money and in return I guess that'll make me money in the end, in the long run. I was upset at Felice, I was yelling at the screen, saying 'Felice, Felice, what are you doing? Fight your game!' But she gave up the win to Paige. Congrats to Paige, but I still think she's outside the top 10. Maybe nine, 10. I'm not sure who they'll put her against next, but I see it being a fight that she could possibly win. I don't think she's going to lose. They have a golden girl right now, I guess."
I feel like I've heard this somewhere before.
While VanZant (5-1) was afforded a sweet prime time spot on FOX, Torres (5-0) is likely to be buried on the UFC 188 "Prelims" on June 13 in Mexico, where she faces mixed martial arts (MMA) upstart and fellow Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 20 cast mate Angela Hill.
But if both VanZant and Torres continue to win, it's only a matter of time before they face off once again.
Would history repeat itself, or be re-written?