Former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres has been released from the UFC for some really horrendous comments on Twitter. Torres, who defeated Nick Pace at UFC 139, is quite the jokester on Twitter but took it too far with a string of inappropriate remarks yesterday. Dana White addressed Torres along with Rashad Evans’ Penn State-Jerry Sandusky joke at the UFC on FOX press conference on Sports Illustrated:
SI.com: And what about Miguel Torres’ tweet from yesterday?
White: This morning I’m on [Michael] Landsburg’s show, up here in Canada, and he hits me with the quote of what he tweeted. Now there’s no explanation for that. There’s absolutely nothing I could say to make any sense of that. And the fact that he even thinks that’s funny or that’s a joke, it disturbs me. It bothers me. Again, you’re dealing with a guy that’s a smart guy, that owns his own business, that’s been one of the top fighters in the world forever. And I cut him today. He’s no longer with the UFC.
SI.com: Was that announced today?
White: It’s being announced right now to you. You’re the only one that knows. Miguel Torres has been cut from the UFC and his career with us now is over.
SI.com: Was this the first time something’s happened with Torres? Or was it a second offense?
White: No, this was the first time. And then he said he hadn’t heard what happened to Forrest [Griffin, who drew fire for tweeting “Rape is the new missionary” last month]. Really? Where do you live? What business are you in? How do you not hear about these things? You should have paid more attention. It’s to the point now where, there’s going be times when things happen and mistakes are made. I cannot defend Miguel Torres. I cannot defend what he said. What he said makes no sense other than when he says, “It was a joke.” Well, I don’t think that’s a funny joke. I think it’s disturbing.
I’m certain these comments were removed from his account, but this is the statement in question from Torres:
“If a rape van was called a surprise van more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone likes surprises.”
I don’t care what jokes you make in private, but rape and abuse jokes for the most part do not fly in public. The cut is justified on the basis that the UFC is trying to make an example of their fighters, especially considering that they’re now going to be on network TV frequently from now on. Forrest Griffin had to apologize for his rape remark, Rashad Evans got a verbal lashing from Dana White, and now Torres is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Why can’t athletes understand that they are famous enough that every single thing they post will be scrutinized and examined whether they like it or not?
When you’ve seen the result of other fighters making jokes in poor taste, why would you go out and do the exact same thing? Torres should know better and now he’s paid the price. His neck was always going to be on the chopping block since he seems to be a distance away from contention after going 2-3 in his last 5 fights before his win against Pace. It’s off to Bellator for the once-unbeatable King of 135 lbs., I guess.