It took Jonathan “JT” Torres (Lloyd Irvin) a little over a minute to submit UFC welterweight stalwart Dustin Hazelett, in a Jiu-Jitsu supermatch held this Friday in Pickerington, Ohio, reports MMAFighting.com.
With four submission wins in the Octagon and a total of nine in his career, Hazelett is regarded as one of the best ground fighters in the UFC’s welterweight division. Even so, he had his work cut out for him against JT, a fighter tipped for stardom since he was a brown belt displaying refined technique and full-throttle competition pace in the gi.
“I don’t think about how quickly I’m going to win any of my matches, I just go in and work to execute my game plan,” Torres, 20, told MMAFighting.com, without getting too excited about tapping out a fighter with eight fights in the UFC.
“I think it’s cool. It doesn’t matter really matter that they’re a pro fighter or not. I have friends that are pro fighters that still do gi and no-gi competitions. Lots of BJJ black belts who fight MMA still jump into grappling competitions. It’s not a big deal really,” he said, playing down the achievement.
Asked whether he has MMA ambitions, Torres said he does, that he hopes to represent Lloyd Irvin Jiu-Jitsu in the ring some day.