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Dana White usually says and does great things, but this particular decision is mind-blowing. Torres had tweeted a line that involved “rape” and thus the bantamweight was released from the UFC.
This was Torres' first offense of anything upsetting to the UFC brass and was not a decision pressured by a mob of angry fans about him using the word “rape.” Torres was an upstanding fighter in the UFC and WEC and conducted himself well in and out of the cage.
He is also a very good fighter and he is one of the most talented and popular of the bantamweight division. Miguel Torres is currently 40-4 in his MMA career. Pair that with his personality, his style, and his mullet, and you have a great business asset.
The upset is much more drastic since he was punished very harshly but others were not.
Forrest Griffin had made a comment about rape recently as well, and Rashad Evans had made a reference to the Jerry Sandusky case to Penn State alumni Phil Davis. In both cases, nothing was done or at least nothing that was made public.
Regardless if they were punished behind the scenes or not, Griffin and Evans were not cut.
Griffin and Evans are both TUF fighters and popular ones in a stacked division. These are those times where business seems to be playing a bigger role than fairness in the UFC.
Lastly, and maybe the worst, Miguel Torres does not have many options for his career.
The WEC was the home to all the big bantamweights until they merged with the UFC. Now that the UFC owns Strikeforce (and the fact they don’t have a bantam division currently), that is not an option.
Bellator makes it a point not to pick up the recently cut fighters of the UFC in order to not seem like an organization that takes the leftovers of the bigger promotions.
BAMMA has bantams, but they rarely fight and the titles are vacant. Torres will have to fight at other lower promotions and work his way back up.
Fighting is his livelihood and how he supports himself and his family.
Cutting him just didn’t seem justified, even though Torres did do something wrong.
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