Less than a month after being fired from the UFC for referencing ‘rape’ on his Twitter account, Miguel Torres (Pictured) has rejoined the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion.
UFC president Dana White allowed the former WEC bantamweight champ back into his Octagon because Torres took the initiative to contact every rape crisis center in his home city of Chicago, Illinois since his release. Torres has also made monetary donations at each facility and taken rape sensitivity courses.
“We all make mistakes. I’m make mistakes, and I’m gonna make more,” White stated following Wednesday’s UFC 141 press conference. “I was in the same position he was in a couple of years ago. It’s not about the mistake that you make, it’s how you handle yourself after you make that mistake.
“There are guys in this sport that lie, deny, he didn’t do that. He handled it like a man and I respect that. We got together today, he talked to me and he’s back in the UFC.”
Torres drew the ire of White several weeks ago for tweeting, “If a rape van was called a surprise van, more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone like surprises.”
What had most fans in an uproar wasn’t necessarily what Torres wrote to his 52,000 followers, but the fact former UFC light heavyweight champions Rashad Evans and Forrest Griffin also referenced rape recently and weren’t disciplined anywhere near to the extent that Torres was.
White stated the organization wouldn’t issue guidelines to their athletes on what should be and shouldn’t be said in a public forum. He simply stressed the use of common sense.
Torres humbly sat beside White during today’s announcement. He was extremely grateful for a second chance with the UFC and expressed much remorse for his insensitive post.
Torres claimed the most disappointing aspect about the situation was having to face his father after being cut “for doing something so stupid.”
Torres owns an impressive 40–4 professional mixed martial arts record. At one point during his career, he had rattled off 17 consecutive victories en route to capturing the WEC bantamweight title.