“If a rape van was called a surprise van more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone likes surprises,” Torres tweeted Wednesday.
According to USAToday.com, Torres meant for the tweet to be a joke. However, president of Zuffa, UFC’s parent entity, Dana White did not find the tweet amusing and announced to SI.com that Torres would no longer be affiliated with the mixed martial arts promotion company.
ESPN reported that Torres’ tweet was later swapped with, “If a windowless van was called a surprise van more people wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone likes surprises.”
Still, his attempt to better the situation didn’t stop UFC officials from axing the bantamweight contender.
According to mmaweekly.com, White 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 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.”
Mmaweekly.com also reported that Torres told Heavy.com reporter Matt Erickson that he was referring to a line from an episode of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
What’s more, this is not the first time something offensive has been said by a fighter via Twitter. USAToday.com reported that Forrest Griffin, a light-heavyweight contender, was not punished for his tweet concerning rape. Griffin tweeted: “rape is the new missionary” and claimed that he was talking about the regularity of stories about rape in the news.
Torres owns his own martial arts academy in Hammond, Ind., called Torres Martial Arts Gym. On the homepage of the now former UFC fighter’s website, Torres is quoted saying, “[…] Torres Martial Arts is not just a gym where one can learn how to throw a punch or choke someone, it is a place to get in shape, develop new relationships, and grow in the Martial Art discipline of their choice.”
Unfortunately, the former WEC bantamweight champion’s Twitter slip-up resulted in his release from UFC despite his recent win against Nick Pace on Nov. 19. Should Torres have been cut from UFC, while Griffin was let off the hook? Tweet us your thoughts.