The UFC made their future stance on fighter behavior clear on Thursday evening with the release of popular bantamweight Miguel Torres â€“ when it comes to making light of tragedy â€œno means noâ€. Already dealing with the PR fallout from a November incident where former UFC light heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin joked about the topic of rape, Torres went along similar lines in a post on Twitter, writing, â€œIf a rape van was called a surprise van, more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone likes surprises.”
Though Torres claimed he was only quoting a recent episode of FX-based program Itâ€™s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, UFC President Dana White didnâ€™t find his remark to be funny in the least bit and cut him from the companyâ€™s roster as a result in order to send a message.
â€œThereâ€™s absolutely nothing I could say to make any sense of that,â€ said White in an interview with Sports Illustrated when the news was first broken. â€œAnd the fact that he even thinks thatâ€™s funny or thatâ€™s a joke, it disturbs me. It bothers me. Again, youâ€™re dealing with a guy thatâ€™s a smart guy, that owns his own business, thatâ€™s been one of the top fighters in the world forever. And I cut him today. Heâ€™s no longer with the UFC.â€
Confusing the situation, 205er Rashad Evans used the child molestation scandal at Penn State as ammo in a verbal war with Phil Davis at a press conference this week but was left unscathed despite the similar tastelessness of his comments. When questioned on the topic, White explained the difference.
â€œRashad is sorry for what he said. He truly is. He said it in the heat of the moment. He definitely took the wrong choice of words. He knows it, and I know he knows it.â€
The 30-year old Torres leaves the UFC with a 40-4 overall record and wins in three of his last four fights including a recent decision over Nick Pace at UFC 139.
The Chicago-area competitor is considered to be one of the top bantamweights in the world and will undoubtedly get a sniff from Bellator in addition to a number of other notable organizations.
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