UFC bantamweight Miguel Torres has been cut from the UFC roster, according to president Dana White in an interview with SI.com.
“Miguel Torres has been cut from the UFC and his career with us now is over.” White said.
The release comes on the heels of a rape related tweet Torres put out on his personal twitter account that stated the following.
“If a rape van was called a surprise van more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone likes surprises.”
SI.com got a full explanation from White after the jump.
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. 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.
Torres explained the tweet was only meant to be a joke, but that did not sit well with the UFC president, and the former WEC bantamweight champion will now be forced to look for employment elsewhere.
No, this was the first time. And then he said he hadn’t heard what happened to Forrest [Griffin, who drew fire for tweeting "Rape is the new missionary" last month]. Really? Where do you live? What business are you in? How do you not hear about these things? You should have paid more attention. 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.
Torres fought three times under the UFC banner, amassing a 2-1 octagon record. He most recently fought at UFC 139 in November, defeating Nick Pace via Unanimous Decision.
UPDATE: Dana White explained the cut of Torres to Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting