On Thursday, December 8th, 2011, UFC President Dana White revealed that the company had cut Bantamweight contender Miguel Torres from their roster due to the content of a Twitter message issued by Torres. Details of what he said aren’t really important, we will get into that later. It was certainly in poor taste, however I’m not sure it was worth losing your job over. It seems like it was an attempt at humor with such bad taste that it didn’t work.
Torres is a good fighter, with an impressive record in his MMA career. At one point a few years back, Torres can be found on many top 10 pound for pound lists, as he dominated the 135 lbers in the midwest. He took a couple of losses, but had bounced back with wins in three of his last four bouts. Torres, at 30, is still a dangerous threat in the division, but that wasn’t enough to save him.
“If a rape van was called a surprise van, more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone likes surprises.”
That is the infamous quote. It’s sort of stupid and obviously in poor taste and degrading to women. But is it worse than the stuff UFC lightheavyweight champion Rashad Evans about the Penn State child molestation scandle when talking trash to his Penn State alumni rival Phil Davis.
It briefly reminded me of when former UFC commentator and matchmaker John Perreti used to refer to the North South position as the ’69′. Man were people offended.
White in his statement said the comment bothered him and that it wasn’t funny.
It would seem to me that White has a long history of offending. His best known scrap, which slurred sexual orientation, was almost every bit the equal of Torres’ quote when it comes to offensive, some might say even more. As bad a joke as Miguel may be making, and as NOT funny as it is, he was trying to be funny. White was serious in slinging his insults in those days.
Well the weight class is getting an influx of talent after the ‘TUF 14′ season, and the finale shows they are all coming in at around $10k per fight, roughly. Torres made $60k his last outing. I wonder if that had anything to do with it.