Miguel Torres has been released from the UFC following an
insensitive tweet. | Photo: Dave Mandel
Torres has been released by the
UFC, according to UFC President Dana White.
White revealed to Sports Illustrated on Thursday that the former
World Extreme Cagefighting 135-pound champion will no longer
compete for the world's largest promotion.
Torres has been cut from the UFC and his career with us now is
over,” White told SI.com.
Known for possessing an active Twitter handle, Torres was released
following one particular tweet on Wednesday.
"If a rape van was called a surprise van, more women wouldn't mind
going for rides in them," Torres wrote. "Everyone likes
The news comes on the heels of a pair of controversial comments
made by UFC fighters about sexual abuse. Roughly one month ago,
former 205-pound champion Forrest
Griffin tweeted that “rape was the new missionary.”
According to White and Griffin, the fighter's questionable
statement was intended to express his disbelief at how commonplace
the crime had become after viewing multiple television media
reports on various rape cases. Griffin later apologized for his
comment and made a donation to the Las Vegas Rape Crisis
Yesterday, another former UFC light heavyweight champion made a
separate controversial remark at the UFC on Fox
2 press conference in Chicago.
Main event competitors Rashad
Evans and Phil Davis
began trading barbs near the end of the event, each predicting how
the fight would go. Evans assured “Mr. Wonderful” that he would
beat him up standing, predicting that the former Penn State
University wrestler would go to his grappling base to avoid the
In articulating that point, Evans made a reference to the widely
publicized Jerry Sandusky case, in which the former PSU assistant
football coach stands accused of sexually abusing multiple underage
boys during his time at the institution. “I guarantee you'll be the
first one to take a shot, because I’m going to put my hands on you
worse than that dude did to them other kids at Penn State,” Evans
White said he spoke with Evans after the press conference and the
fighter explained his intentions behind the comment.
“Rashad walked me through what he did...Rashad wrestled for
Michigan [State]. [Davis] went to Penn State. [Evans] wanted to
slam [Davis] and Penn State,” White told SI.com. “Rashad is sorry
for what he said. He truly is. He said it in the heat of the
moment. He definitely took the wrong choice of words. He knows it,
and I know he knows it.”
Regarding Torres' tweet, White said that he did not see the humor
in the bantamweight's apparent joke.
“There’s no explanation for that. There’s absolutely nothing I
could say to make any sense of that,” White said. “And the fact
that he even thinks that’s funny or that’s a joke, it disturbs me.
It bothers me.”
Prior to his release, Torres, 30, had won three of his last four.
Prior to the WEC's merger with the UFC, Torres became one of the
company's most successful fighters, winning the promotion's
bantamweight title in 2008 and defending the belt successfully
thrice before being knocked out by Brian
Bowles in 2009. Torres posted a 2-1 Octagon record in 2011,
most recently outpointing Nick Pace at
139 on Nov. 19.