For the second time in as many days a UFC fighter has made light of sexual assault with the first instance involving Rashad Evans’ verbal jab at Phil Davis, a Penn State alumnus, about “putting hands” on him in reference to the university’s current scandal involving a football coach forcing himself on children enrolled in a program he headed for disadvantaged youth. Now Miguel Torres has followed suit with a joke referring to rape though he has apparently paid the ultimate price for it rather than receive a slap on the wrist like Evans.
According to multiple sources, Torres has been dropped by the UFC as a result of his insensitive humor and in the words of UFC President Dana White, “His career with us is over now.”
News of the release was first reported by Sports Illustrated.
For the record, Torres’ Tweet in question read, “If a rape van was called a surprise van more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone like surprises.”
Though the outright termination of Torres’ contract seems harsh it appears a line in the sand has been drawn by UFC brass meaning fighters making future comments of a similar nature are likely headed down the same route as the former WEC bantamweight champ.
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