On Thursday, UFC president Dana White confirmed they have released Miguel Torres (Pictured) after the former WEC bantamweight champ posted a highly-controversial tweet referencing rape.
“Miguel Torres has been cut from the UFC and his career with us now is over,” White told SI.com. “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.”
According to Heavy.com, the post that has Torres in the unemployment line was a quote from the television show “Workaholics.”
“If a rape van was called a surprise van, more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them,” Torres wrote. “Everyone like surprises.”
Torres’ release comes a day after Rashad Evans told Phil Davis, “I’m gonna put those hands on you worse than that dude did to them other kids at Penn State.” The former UFC champion was referencing the child molestation situation that’s currently under investigation at Davis’ alma mater.
Although White talked to Evans about his outlandish remark, he didn’t publicly discipline him.
After collecting a $5,000 UFC Twitter bonus in November, Forrest Griffin found himself in some hot water for posting, “Rape is the new missionary.” Griffin subsequently erased the message and said he was attempting to make a joke about how rape has become commonplace given the number of recent high-profile cases in the news.
Griffin also wasn’t publicly reprimanded by the UFC, but later made a personal visit and donation to the Rape Crisis Center in Las Vegas.