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Morning Report: Tecia Torres upset by comments inferring PED use, Carla Esparza adds fuel to the fire

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Forced out of her Dec. 7 strawweight title defense at Invicta FC 7, Carla Esparza's weekend didn't improve as she watched Tecia Torres derail her BFF from cageside. After Torres explained how she 'dominated' Felice Herrig, Esparza grabbed the mic, complimented the upstart but very matter-of-factly told her she 'wanted to have a conversation in the cage.'

Esparza started the evening frustrated with top contender Claudia Gadelha falling ill and pulling out of their fight, but Torres was her focus by the end of it.

Fans had hoped they would see the pair square off as castmates on the 20th season of The Ultimate Fighter, but with Torres dropping a decision to Randa Markos on Wednesday night's premier it seems they'll have to wait.

Following her loss, Torres wasn't pleased with certain cast members making inferences regarding her performance.

"I'm going to do this once and leave it alone! I have NEVER and I repeat NEVER put any illegal substance in my body in any way shape or form. I have never even had a sip of alcohol in my life, let alone a cigarette, or any drug! I am true to my word about being straight-edged 100 %. I can't help it that I am genetically gifted & my 20 years of hard work, martial arts, and dedication shows! SideNote: And to you Carla @carlaesparza1 who consistently has something to say about my body. I lived with you for 6 weeks and nothing about my body changed! So keep your comments to yourself. The End."

Esparza was quick to respond, but didn't do much to squash the beef with Torres.

"LMAO!!!! You are really going to include my name in this? Alright, so let me start by saying this: for someone who is constantly going on and on about their "college degree" (which I have 1 as well, but don't go bragging about it), you sure seem to not be able to read! Someone commented: "I'm still confused about Tecia. She looked and moved like a different person." I responded, "Interesting observation. I'll say quite a few girls in the house had their theories about that. I'll just leave it at that."

Did I say I was accusing you?? Did I say "Yea bc she was totally on roids before and now that she had to be clean for the house, her performance suffered!"?? Nope! Tecia what's sad is, in a way I defended you saying that if you don't know for sure without a doubt, you can't accuse someone. You wanna hear what OTHER people were saying?!? "Oh, that's why she has that mustache and facial hair bc of all the steroids she's done." "Hmm looks like her back acne is clearing up not that she's forced to be clean." "She eat like absolute crap, yet still keeps her build." "Funny how she goes undefeated, but now that she doesn't have her steroids, she loses." Tecia, I'm not saying I agree with those statements, and I wasn't going out of my way to bad mouth you!! That's just what was said, ok!!? I'm not hating on you, I couldn't care less about you. So I'm just gonna let this go, enjoy your time at home, have a nice life. Peace"

Esparza followed up her post with a few more tweets:


It's safe to assume these two get booked together sooner than later, especially if Esparza stumbles at some point in the tournament.

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The Ultimate Fighter Season 20, Episode 1 - Strawweights, what a start to the season

TUF 20 Strawweights is everything I wanted it to be. Great stories, great production and capped off with a fantastic fight between Randa Markos vs. Tecia Torres. Within 15 minutes I was very moved. I don't know what it is about the women, I just admire the struggle that got them here so much. I had a similar moved/butterflies feeling in my stomach when Cat Zingano and Ronda Rousey made their first walks into the Octagon.

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