Miguel Torres apologized to the UFC and his fans in a statement posted on his official website this afternoon following the former WEC bantamweight champion’s sudden release from the UFC on Thursday over offensive tweets:
“I have a lot to be thankful for in my life, I have my beautiful wife and daughter, my family, my health, my gym, and in terms of my career, I succeeded to the biggest stage in the sport of mixed martial arts, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. I am very sorry for upsetting my bosses at the UFC, and also to my fans and everyone else who was upset by the language in my tweets. I understand it was wrong, and I meant no harm or disrespect. Given the chance, I will do whatever it takes to make things right. I am going to learn from this. I think life throws you opportunities that can make you a better person, and so that’s what I’m going to do here. That is how I am going to react. I am going to use this to improve myself, and I hope that my fans will continue to support me.”
Torres was released from the UFC following a controversial tweet that he posted on Wednesday evening in which he repeated a joke from the popular Comedy Central television show “Workaholics”. The tweet read: “If a rape van was called a surprise van more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone likes surprises.”
After hearing about the tweet, UFC President Dana White decided to release the former WEC title-holder from the organization.
The news came amidst other controversies including UFC fighters and the subject of rape. Forrest Griffin recently tweeted on the topic, along with Rashad Evans referencing the ongoing sexual assault scandal at Penn State. Both were not punished for their comments.
Torres (40-4) did not detail what his future holds concerning his MMA career away from the UFC.
Pictured: Miguel Torres (via UFC.com)