Lack of Mexican MMA stars gives Torres hope

The UFC is setting records with its pay-per-view numbers in spite of the fact two huge fan bases of the fight game have yet to jump on board in large numbers. The UFC should take a major step forward if fighters like Rashad Evans and Quinton Jackson continue to fight at a high level and open some eyes in the African-American community. The same goes for the Mexican and Mexican-American fan bases if a latino star emerges. Roger Huerta looked like he was on his way but now contract issues and his sudden decision to walk away from the game, leaves the door open for someone like Diego Sanchez, Miguel Torres or Efrain Escudero to walk through to crossover stardom.

That said, many Mexican fans are looking for someone from Mexico latch onto. Oscar De La Hoya and Fernando Vargas have many fans but nowhere near someone like Antonio Margarito, Erik Morales and Juilo Cesar Chavez, all full-blooded Mexican. For that reason, Javier Torres thinks that he's got a shot to be a huge star once he jumps to the big leagues.

The Las Vegas-based amateur fighter just moved to 5-0 in MMA and sports a 9-0 record in boxing. The middleweight from Obson, Mexico knocked out Josh McBride in the first round at last week's MMA Xplosion. According to the Las Vegas Sun, now it's just a matter picking which way he wants to go:

Torres — who began boxing as an 8-year-old in Mexico, but started MMA only three years ago — splits his nine hours-a-day, six days-a-week schedule between sparring at L.A. Boxing, Muay Thai training at Excel Studio, Judo with the Rising Sun Judo Club and Jiu-Jitsu at Team Mica.

The 22-year-old Torres wants to be the first Mexican-born UFC champ.