Miguel Torres is no longer with the UFC.
Dana White announced tonight that he cut Torres because of a rape joke he made on Twitter. The tweet has since been deleted, but it originally read: “If a rape van was called a surprise van more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone like surprises.”
The firing is controversial because Forrest Griffin recently tweeted that “rape is the new missionary” and he wasn’t punished whatsoever. Same goes for Rashad Evans who incorporated a Jerry Sandusky reference into his pre-fight smack talk yesterday. In the above interview with Ariel Helwani, Dana said the difference is Griffin’s and Evans’ explanations made perfect sense to him while Torres didn’t. Torres merely said it was just a joke and apparently not even an original one at that. Clearly, that excuse didn’t work for Dana and now Miguel Torres is gone.
Update: Miguel Torres has made an official statement on his release.
“I have a lot to be thankful for in my life, I have my beautiful wife and daughter, my family, my health, my gym, and in terms of my career, I succeeded to the biggest stage in the sport of mixed martial arts, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. I am very sorry for upsetting my bosses at the UFC, and also to my fans and everyone else who was upset by the language in my tweets. I understand it was wrong, and I meant no harm or disrespect. Given the chance, I will do whatever it takes to make things right. I am going to learn from this. I think life throws you opportunities that can make you a better person, and so that’s what I’m going to do here. That is how I am going to react. I am going to use this to improve myself, and I hope that my fans will continue to support me.”