MENU
#Conor McGregor #Cris Cyborg #UFC 211 #Nate Diaz #Bellator 179 #Rory MacDonald #Angela Magana #Paul Daley #Diaz vs. McGregor 2 #Daniel Cormier #Jon Jones


Miguel Torres has been released from the UFC following an insensitive tweet. | Photo: Dave Mandel


Bantamweight Miguel 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.

Miguel 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 surprises."

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 Center.

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 strikes.

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 said.

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 UFC 139 on Nov. 19.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC Announces Huge Summer Kickoff Press Conference | MMAWeekly.com

  • 18 days ago
  • 12 views

Dana White will host a Summer Kickoff press conference with some of the athletes from UFC 212 through UFC 214. read news >>

Dana White Confirms TUF 26 Will Crown Women’s Flyweight Champion | MMAWeekly.com

  • 14 days ago
  • 10 views

UFC president Dana White on Tuesday confirmed that the next season of The Ultimate Fighter will launch the women's flyweight division and crown a champion. read news >>

Dana White Admits to Why He Lost the Mayweather vs. McGregor Date | MMAWeekly.com

  • 14 days ago
  • 331 views

UFC president Dana White admits to why he lost his target date for Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor. read news >>

Dana White: Jon Jones Could Be Setting Records and Fighting at Heavyweight | MMAWeekly.com

  • 15 days ago
  • 48 views

UFC president Dana White says that if he could have stayed out of trouble, Jon Jones would be a record-setting champion and probably fighting heavyweights. read news >>

Anderson Silva Slams 'Almighty' Dana White, Says He 'Shot Himself in the Foot'

  • 13 days ago
  • 6 views

UFC legend Anderson Silva has criticized the promotion's "almighty" president, Dana White, after he was removed from the UFC 212 card following opponent Kelvin Gastelum's withdrawal. The Spider said read news >>

UFC Announces TUF 26 Will Crown Women's Flyweight Champion | MMAWeekly.com

  • 20 days ago
  • 5 views

A new division will be created and a new champion will emerge from the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. read news >>

Manager: UFC, Dana White ridiculous to snub Jon Jones from main event because of trust issues

  • 13 days ago
  • 10 views

Dana White has been burned too many times by Jon Jones, which is “ridiculous” for the UFC president to feel that way, according to Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Anderson Silva goes off on 'bull(expletive)' UFC situation, 'The Almighty' Dana White in tirade

  • 13 days ago
  • 6 views

After declaring himself out of UFC 212, former middleweight champion Anderson Silva took to Instagram live to rant about “Almighty” UFC President Dana White and the “lockout” on the 185-pound divisio read news >>

Georges St-Pierre vs. Michael Bisping Talks Off; Yoel Romero to Get Title Shot

  • 13 days ago
  • 39 views

UFC President Dana White told Fox Sports Australia's UFC Fight Week that a planned middleweight title fight between Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping has been called off. According to Fox Sports read news >>

Longtime UFC veteran Nik Lentz announces departure from American Top Team, figuring out future plans

  • 20 days ago
  • 5 views

Nik Lentz today announced he’s no longer a part of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., ending a five-year relationship with the famed MMA training center.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>