Miguel Torres will continue his climb back to what he hopes is mixed martial arts prominence later this month when he debuts for Titan Fighting Championship.
Torres (43-7), a former bantamweight champion for World Extreme Cagefighting, and then a bantamweight contender in the UFC and World Series of Fighting, is set to meet Desmond Green (12-3) at featherweight in the Titan FC 31 co-main event on Oct. 31 in Tampa.
Torres, an East Chicago native whose Torres Martial Arts school in Griffith is one of the region's most prominent MMA training centers, quietly has won three straight fights in 2014. Two of them came in Hammond for United Combat League, while a third in August came in Singapore — his first pro fight outside the country.
Torres was released by the UFC in 2012 and signed with WSOF, where he was expected to contend for a title. He lost to eventual champion Marlon Moraes in his debut with the promotion, then was choked out by the unheralded Pablo Alfonso nearly a year ago.
The fight for Titan could be a shot in the arm for Torres in a bout that will air live on CBS Sports Network. He gets a tough test in New York native Green, a standout wrestler at the University of Buffalo who fought five times for Bellator MMA, including a featherweight tournament final.
Darren Elkins on UFC 179 main card: After 10 months on the sidelines after a hard-fought loss to Jeremy Stephens in Chicago in January, Darren Elkins returns in two weeks with another tough test in front of him.
Elkins (17-4, 7-3 UFC), a Duneland Vale Tudo-based fighter from Hobart who was a state champion wrestler at Portage, meets Lucas Martins (15-1, 3-1 UFC) in Martins' home country of Brazil at UFC 179.
For the second straight time, Elkins finds himself on the main card. But this time, it comes on a pay-per-view event rather than his first crack at the main card, which came at UFC on FOX 10.
Elkins-Martins is part of an undercard for a featherweight title fight between long-reigning champion Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes, who has a win over Elkins on his resume.
Shockley forced off UFC 179 with injury: Josh Shockley's hope for his first UFC win will have to wait a bit longer.
Shockley (11-3, 0-1 UFC) was set to fight Fabricio Camoes at UFC 179 — on the same card his Duneland Vale Tudo teammate Darren Elkins is fighting on. But an injury knocked Shockley out of the fight. There's no timetable for his return.
Shockley debuted in the UFC in June at UFC 174, taking a relatively short-notice fight, but falling to Jason Saggo by TKO with three seconds left in the first round.
LaPorte native Ebersole gets 51st career win at UFC 178: LaPorte native Brian Ebersole, who wrestled at Eastern Illinois University, snapped a two-fight skid with an upset win over John Howard at UFC 178.
Ebersole (51-16-1, 5-2 UFC) took a split decision from Howard (22-10, 6-5 UFC) in Las Vegas.
"I was a bit frustrated out there," Ebersole said after the fight. "Going into the third, I knew the pressure was on, so I dug deep. Nothing comes easy in that octagon when the lights are on and the fans are watching. It's not like training, but I'm glad I got the win and I'm thankful to have competed against a guy like Howard."