Miguel Torres’ famous last words: “If a rape van was called a surprise van, more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone likes surprises.”
Such was the message Torres tweeted earlier this month that led to his release from the UFC by a supposedly outraged Dana White. In reality, it wasn’t what Torres said so much as it was when he said it that got him cut from MMA’s biggest stage. Torres’ tweet came after Forrest Griffin had gotten himself into hot water for posting through the same medium that “rape is the new missionary,” in an attempt to comment on the widespread use of rape in mainstream new outlets to generate viewers.
It also came after Rashad Evans told Phil Davis at the UFC on Fox 2 pre-fight press conference that he was “gonna put my hands on you worse than that dude on those other kids at Penn State” – playing off of the sexual abuse tragedy at Davis’ alma mater. To atone, Griffin visited rape victims centers and donated to rape crisis charities and Evans has done seemingly nothing, but both kept their jobs. Torres though, was raked over the coals and fired as a result of his joke, causing many to scratch their head at the seeming double standard.
However, all is right in the world again, as UFC president Dana White announced today at the UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem pre-fight press conference that Torres has been reinstated to the promotion’s bantamweight roster. Citing the fact that Torres was remorseful, manned up and, without prompting, donated to and visited local rape centers, Dana White said that Torres is welcome back in the UFC.
Torres, one of the world’s top 135-pounders, is back where he belongs, fighting the best. Hopefully, the line on Twitter conduct is more clear now to other fighters and we can move past this odd and slightly upsetting chapter in UFC history.
The news was broken by MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani, who tweeted of Torres’ reinstatement in the UFC.