Miguel Torres takes responsibily for twitter firing

source: migueltorresmma.com

Yesterday former UFC bantamweight Miguel Torres was released from the promotion for a rape-related tweet. He now vows to use the opportunity to improve.

“I have a lot to be thankful for in my life, I have my beautiful wife and daughter, my family, my health, my gym, and in terms of my career, I succeeded to the biggest stage in the sport of mixed martial arts, the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

"I am very sorry for upsetting my bosses at the UFC, and also to my fans and everyone else who was upset by the language in my tweets. I understand it was wrong, and I meant no harm or disrespect.

"Given the chance, I will do whatever it takes to make things right. I am going to learn from this. I think life throws you opportunities that can make you a better person, and so that’s what I’m going to do here. That is how I am going to react. I am going to use this to improve myself, and I hope that my fans will continue to support me.”

Read entire statement...

The firing came after Torres posted the following on his twitter account. "If a rape van was called a surprise van more women wouldn't mind going for rides in them." He later removed the tweet above, and replaced it with "If a windowless van was called a surprise van more people wouldn't mind going for rides in them. Everyone likes surprises."

The original tweet had already been mentioned by SI.com.

"There's no explanation for that," UFC PresidentWhite told SI.com. "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 [who'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' firing comes after both Forrest Griffin and Rashad Evans were taken to task for innappropriate jests related to rape. Griffin referred to rape as "the new missionary" in commenting on the crime's prevalence in the media. And Evans told Pen State alum Phil Davis he was going to put his hands on him worse than Jerry Sandusky.

Torres told HeavyMMA's Matt Erickson that the quote was a reference to a line from the FX sitcom "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Episode No. 2, Season 4, titled "The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis" takes place largely in a van with tinted windows that the characters repeatedly refer to as a "rape van."

While Torres can be edgy on Twitter, he has worked tirelessly with underprivileged children, and is known widely to be a decent, caring, and honest human being. The twitter post shows an unfathomable lack of judgement for an athlete in the public eye, all the more so given that MMA remains controversial to a degree. Emphaticaly however, the tweet was not a reflection of Torres'  character generally.



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pencilboy25 site profile image  

12/11/11 7:36 PM by pencilboy25

... is Dana not giving out $5k a month to the fighters with the most views, most new Followers on Twitter.Would this not be a good stunt?? He is just playing the game the same way Chael is playing it...??Controversy attracts attention

cali_grrl site profile image  

12/11/11 6:55 PM by cali_grrl

Not sure if that was the outburst that was referenced for the C*** comment in the original post...I was posting the link since that was the only outburst that I recall of Dana vs an MMA journalist.  He may not have used that exact expression, but that was the worst that I was aware of when he called someone a F**got and the resulting media storm.  But my point in posting the link was more to point out that we all have moments when we say something that is regrettable.  But looking at how it's posted that isn't not clear since I failed to include the offending remark I was referring to.  My apologies. Given all that Dana has done to boost the reputation of the UFC as a brand, I applaud some efforts, but do question others.  This isn't meant to be a beat Dana down moment...I respect the man seeing all the good he has done on this forum alone.  This is just constructive criticism from someone who has watched the sport evolve over the last 12 years and has a vested interest in seeing it succeed.  I respect a lot of what he has done, but much like any successful business that grows into a large corporation there will be growing pains.  Having some consistency or protocol in situations like this would help with the cries of favoritism from the peanut gallery. Cutting someone from the UFC doesn't just cut off the primary stream of income for a fighter, it may also impact future employment.  I have seen friends wreck their bodies with no insurance (pre-UFC insurance days) and still continue to fight because that is what they do and it's the only means they have to support themselves.  I would hope that a 1st time offender with a family to support would be given another chance to make right.  Just as Dana made amends for the F***** comment in the link to those who he offended, I hope he offers the same courtesy to Torres. :) Cali  

wasssp site profile image  

12/11/11 6:39 PM by wasssp

Dana says (about UFC fighters) "We're dealing with smart guys." Correct, Dana, you are dealing with smart guys. The fighters, however, are not. The fighters are dealing with Dana, who is not a smart guy. He is a boxercise instructor who went to high school with two billionaires and knows how to kiss ass. And expects his fighters to know how to kiss ass as well as he had to.

CindyO site profile image  

12/11/11 5:54 PM by CindyO

 Not sure if serieux? Not sure you know what you're talking about because he didn't call her a C in the link you provided. Did you posted the wrong one? If so, my apologies when you post the correct one. Cindy

cali_grrl site profile image  

12/11/11 1:14 PM by cali_grrl

Not sure if serieux? http://www.cagepotato.com/danavlog-where-he-calls-loretta-hunt-bunch-very-bad-words/ Right around 4:32 is where it starts. My thoughts: Dana has said some dumb, regrettable stuff.  We ALL do.  I know the Pope has said some stuff he regrets.  That is human nature.   I can't help but think of the whole "Those in glass houses should not throw stones" proverb in this situation. Given the example above, Dana used a derogatory remark that started a firestorm in the media.  Did he regret it?  Yes.  Did he apologize?  Yes. (However, not to Loretta) I agree there needs to be some consitency.  Lots of fan were left shaking there heads with this one, including me. My .02. :) Cali  

cali_grrl site profile image  

12/11/11 12:51 PM by cali_grrl

 +1 :) Cali

wasssp site profile image  

12/10/11 7:39 PM by wasssp

This has got to be a ploy designed to get the public to pay more attention to the lighter weight classes. If they bring Miguel back in less than 6 months and he never fights in a rival org during that time period, I’ll be convinced.If it isn’t, Lorenzo needs to curb the Shmoo and get him off the cocaine.

Jack Skellington site profile image  

12/10/11 9:10 AM by Jack Skellington

 Always liked him, pity how his UFC career ended.

TheBeebs site profile image  

12/10/11 9:09 AM by TheBeebs

Well said. And correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Dana say he was going to offer a reward for the most outlandish twitter comment at the end of the year?

David@accu site profile image  

12/10/11 8:04 AM by David@accu

 So let me understand this correctly. Dana doesn't find this sort of humor funny but it airs on the FX network which is fox owned. Sounds like Dana needs to watch what he says as well.