After some time with a pink slip, Miguel Torres is headed back
to the Octagon. | Photo: Dave Mandel
Nearly as quickly as he departed, former bantamweight ace Miguel
Torres is back in the UFC fold.
The fighter tweeted news of his return to the promotion on
Wednesday after appearing with UFC president Dana White at the UFC
141 press conference in Las Vegas.
“Thanks to my family, friends, supporters, fans, [my manager] Glenn
Robinson, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta,” Torres wrote. “I’m
Torres was released on Dec. 8 after posting a controversial tweet
the day prior.
“If a rape van was called a surprise van, more women wouldn’t mind
going for rides in them,” Torres wrote. “Everyone likes
The tweet, reportedly made in reference to Comedy Central sitcom
“Workaholics,” was posted the same day that former light
heavyweight champion Rashad
Evans made a Jerry Sandusky reference when trading barbs with
upcoming UFC on Fox 2 opponent Phil Davis.
Evans received no punishment for his comment, though White later
stated that he had a discussion with the fighter regarding the
Formerly the world’s top 135-pound talent, Torres became one of the
faces of World Extreme Cagefighting during his tenure with the
organization, winning the promotion’s bantamweight title and
defending it thrice successfully before dropping the strap to
Bowles in 2009.
A loss to Joseph
Benavidez would then follow, prompting Torres to join the
Tristar Gym in Montreal. Since holding camp in Montreal, the
30-year-old has won three of his last four fights, notching wins
Valencia and Antonio
Banuelos before outpointing Nick Pace at
UFC 139 on Nov. 19.