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MMA Fighter Kills 1, Injuries 3 After Home Invasion Attempt [PHOTOS]


A quartet of intruders picked the wrong house when they broke into and entered the New Mexican residence of Joe Torrez.

Torrez, 27 just happened to be a trained mixed-martial artist and he was at home with his fiancée and her sister as well as his infant son when police say reported gang members Leonard Calvillo, Nathan Avalos and brothers Sal and Raymond Garces barged into the mobile home where the family lived. It was a violent payback stemming from an argument on New Year’s Day morning.

The would-be attackers got more they bargained for as Sal Garces eventually died from a stab wound and Avalos had to be hauled off in an ambulance. The odds of four against one is merely a warm-up for a MMA fighter.

Reports NYDaily News:

C.J. McElhinney, an attorney for Torrez, told the Sun-News witness said the attackers brought a crude shank and one picked up a knife once they forced their way inside.

“I’ll kill you and your family … I’ll go to your house,” Calvillo reportedly said.

Torrez endured only minor injuries, his lawyer said.

Calvillo and Raymond Garces were both arrested on charges of conspiracy and property damage after they ran from the house.

Torrez could face charges in the death of Sal Garces, authorities said.

His lawyer said Torrez was only defending himself and his family.

Hit the gallery to see pics of all those involved in the incident. The most ironic fact in the ordeal is Torrez has been mediocre at best in official matches; currently holding a record of 1-5 according to

Photo: Facebook, Doña Ana County Detention Center

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  • bigdawgman

    Dayum, 4 on 1 and you still get your butts whooped? Y’all ain’t about that thug life! Time to get some real jobs.

    • don3345

      4 punk bullies, who are only brave when its 4 of them.

  • Declining Society

    The fact he could face charges for killing a man is an OUTRAGE.

    • Frank F

      ^ This

    • Angelie

      Right! He was defending himself and his family.

    • suebrowcounty

      that’s why you need to live in a stand your ground state

      • Fladabosco

        No, it’s legal to defend yourself whether you live in a crazed state or not.

  • grunt653

    Quadrant? Seriously Trent? Who is your editor? Quartet maybe but the audience….

    Hats off to Mt Torrez though!

  • DCConwell

    No DA in his right mind would ever consider bringing up charges against this man for protecting his family in his own home. When they decided to break in they sealed their fate

  • Nelson NY

    If this had happen in FL, the so-called “stand your ground” law would surely be put in affect, yet he shouldn’t be charged with no serious felony for defending his family

  • Rob

    Sure he COULD face charges, but any prosecutor would be insane to even attempt this. Would any jury actually convict this man? I sure as hell wouldn’t. I would want to congratulate him if anything. We need more people willing to do what he did.

  • Paul Mariani

    Thugs make decisions to harm others for gain, and these fools just got what they deserve.

  • Aaliyah Noelle

    When your family is in danger… You go super sonic mode. Kudos to him

  • ♚A. R.♚(♫ Mr. Randy Watson♫)

    NOT GUILTY! Facing charges my foot they broke into his house he did what any man would do protect his family.

  • Cosmo

    Gotta love the States.Honestly,if that had happened in the UK Mr Torres would DEFINITELY be up on a murder charge,and the attackers would be claiming compensation for him violating their Human Rights !!