UFC Releases Miguel Torres Over Twitter Comment

December 8, 2011
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Former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres has been released from the UFC. Company president Dana White revealed the news about Torres on Thursday in an interview with Sports Illustrated.

Torres’ release stems from a controversial post that he put out on Twitter, which he later changed.

Torres reportedly tweeted, “If a rape van was called a surprise van, more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone likes surprises,” according to Off The Record’s Michael Landsberg.

“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,” White told Sports Illustrated. “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.

“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.”

Although Torres fought and won a decision recently over Nick Pace at UFC 139, he will now be looking for a new mixed martial arts home.

Torres reportedly told Heavy.com reporter Matt Erickson that he was quoting an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Torres had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.

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  • Unfortunate and a bit of an overreaction in my opinion. His new fighting style probably didn’t help him out any with this matter either.

    I think they did it make a statement more than anything. Lots of guys have been saying off the wall things and this will serve notice to others that they need to think before they speak.

  • This is garbage. Rashad jokes about child rape and that is ok? Child rape is worse than regular rape. A suspension was in order for both, but to only punish Torres is garbage.

    • WOW really Dana!Rashad made a joke about the penn state offence with those poor little kids getin rape on national telivision and this guy tweets something thats not even that bad your a suge knight/Don king.

  • He should have gone with the standard Hollywood sidestep and said his account was hacked.

    Put the guy on notice, admonish him publicly and make him do some sort of penance but don’t cut him. This PC ******* has gotten out of hand.

  • el

    Dana White overreacting? You don’t say! Rashad’s comment was far more graphic and disturbing, yet Dana White had no problems whatsoever defending him. What, because Torres isn’t a headliner you can just cut him on the spot? He seems like a man of exceptional character to me. Not like he’s one of those individuals getting arrested for doing stupid things outside of the cage. I’ve always liked Dana, but I would have no problem with Lorenzo taking over as president if this continues.

  • SubtextMEG

    My Take – Rashad was in the heat of the moment, still retarded thing to say and in bad taste, but it wasn’t -“Stop and evaluate if this guy needs help” – kinda bad, if that makes sense?

    The rape van thing was dumb and offensive, but I’m guessing the tweet “Your mouth says no, but my roofies say yes” that was about 3 tweets prior to his ‘van’ comment didn’t help…there were multiple tweets that just weren’t right.

    I agree, fine him for the van comment, fine Rashad too – But the roofie comment, **** that, give him his walking papers – you’re a public figure more or less condoning the act of drugging and raping someone. seek help on your way out as well.

  • MikeMc1983

    I’m sure Lorenzo has had some input. The guys involved in everything though he doesn’t make himself the face of the company.

  • This is sad. As a proffesional who works with sex offenders, I do not condone sexual assault nor do I think it is funny. However, it seems to me that Dana White is wanting to do what J. Edgar Hoover did with the FBI and that was to maintain some kind of imagery in which the public viewed the FBI as prestine purists that were almost perfect. Well, we all know where Hoover ended up and we all know what garbage the FBI really is!! This just proves my previous points where I have said that Dana White is treating the UFC no other than just a corporate organization in America. It also proves my point that Dana protects his favorites and turns his back on the ones that he does not approve of or do not buy into his (BS). Like I said, I do not condone Torres’ comments about rape, but I think it was incredibly harsh to fire him just because of some “tweet”. Ridiculous. Preposterous. Absurd.

  • I hope they resolve this and get him back on the roster.

  • I think some sort of suspension was more in order, but yeah the fact that Torres hasnt been on his game makes this a little easier to accept to be honest. Nonetheless after a Torres apology and the usual donation to the rape victim center etc. he should be allowed back in.

  • dougdevine

    Wow!!! Really Dana???? Rashad talked about certian that were RAPED!! What i said kids that WERE RAPED!!! An you cover for Rashad??? Shame on you Dana White!!! Shame on you!! More an more your turning into Don King only worried about his Dollar!! You would have covered for Torres if it was three years ago

  • MikeMc1983

    Rashad didn’t make a comment that was seemingly pro child molestation. No one really sees the difference? I don’t think either should get in any trouble for their comments. These guys are in the public eyes. They’ll be punished in a different way anyhow.

  • tomkevill

    typical dana white. chris leben a multiple offender for steroids and other banned substances and hes still around. rashad evans gets defended, forest griffin explains it so its ok, all the racist comments sonnen makes are ok but now you go fire a guy for some comment on twitter. what a joke dana white is when he himself has done stupid stuff just like this.

  • lets not forget rampage going crazy and injuring a pregnant woman in a hit and run crash.

  • sb

    Its all about Fox and their contract. Dana has to turn up the heat so his Fox overlords don’t start going hmmm ohhhh hmmm ahuhhh.

    I must first state that Making comments about rape in any fashion is not only disgusting but incredibly stupid. Just because your a fighter doesn’t mean that you have an excuse for every idiotic thing you say and do in public.

    Scenario: Fighter says; “Oh hey I think all blank blank blank should die!.” Public says, “What?!” Fighter, “Wait, I’m a fighter you can’t hold that against me. I hit people in the face so whatever comes out of my mouth isn’t my fault.”

    Bullshit! After training in BJJ and MMA for for years I have to say that some of my training partners are some of the most cerebral and kindest people I have ever met and they know better than that. Just plain stupid folks.

    If this sport is about putting the best fighter but at the same time the most brain dead person in the ring to see who can beat who then I can guarantee that this sport will die a painful death once Congress says that’s enough. They’ll surely say, “There will be no more brain dead idiots beating the snot out of each other.” Okay they may not say snot.

  • Mario

    Ehh, the punishment suits the crime in my honest opinion. I mean seriously, I’m with Dana on this one.

    That ain’t funny.

    But on the bright side, I can see Miguel signing with Bellator. Maybe he can earn some good wins there, and crawl his way back into the UFC.

    Time will tell.

  • Danjitsu

    So this is the same Dana White who goes on mysoginistic and homophopic rants when a reporter writes a story he doesn’t like but he cuts a FIGHTER for quoting a TV show? Not to even mention the Forrest and Rashad things again. Double standard applying hypocrite is a hypocrite. Bring Torres back NOW!

  • kneedleskane

    Miguel Torres is a punk!!!!

  • yda

    These fighters are good people but they need to watch their language and the way the handle their mistakes.I disagree with this decision and I dont want to see Miguel leaving the UFC and losing his job this way. He is an awesome fighter and comentator but please Why do you have to say this nonsense on twiter? You are representing a sport that a lot of people think is barbaric.I love the UFC and I like all of their fighters ,but I believe comments like this you should say to your buddies and the people you know not publicly if you dont want look bad.I hope to see him back. Miguel is a great guy.