UFC fires Miguel Torres for joke on Twitter

Miguel Torres: red card for controversial comment. Photo: Josh Hedges/UFC.

In 2011 the UFC started stimulating – financially even – it’s athletes to use Twitter, offering bonuses to those with the best performance on the microblog.

However, what former WEC champion Miguel Torres decided to post wasn’t quite what promotional kingpin Dana White had in mind. “If a rape van was called a surprise van, more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone likes surprises,” tweeted Torres, as a response that women are being raped in vans around the USA.

“Miguel Torres was cut from the UFC and his career with us is over. He said he hadn’t heard what happened to Forrest. Really? Where do you live? What business are you in? How do you not hear about these things? You should have paid more attention. I can’t defend Miguel Torres. I can’t defend what he said. What he said doesn’t make sense except for “It’s a joke.” Well, I don’t think the joke is funny. I think it’s disturbing,” explained Dana White to the “Sports Illustrated” website. Last week White came down on Forrest Griffin for a similar remark.

In the octagon, Miguel Torres won two of his fights and lost one, but previously in his career he strung together 20 wins in a row, not to mention having held the WEC bantamweight belt. What do you think, dear reader, was it the right decision to cut him?

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