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.