Former WEC champ Miguel Torres cut from UFC for rape tweet

Maggie Hendricks

Former WEC champion and UFC veteran Miguel Torres was reportedly released from the organization Thursday after tweeting a joke about "rape vans." Sports Illustrated first reported the news in an interview with UFC president Dana White.

Torres' tweet originally read "If a rape van was called a surprised van":

White says that he was disturbed by the tweet:

Now there's no explanation for that. 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.

Torres most recently fought at UFC 139, winning a decision over Nick Pace. He went 2-1 in the UFC. He was the bantamweight champion of World Extreme Cagefighting before losing the title to Brian Bowles.

Now, he will need to find a new place of employment, and other UFC fighters have been sent a clear message to think before they tweet.

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