Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Miguel Angel Torres is helped up by UFC staff after being knocked out by Michael McDonald in a bantamweight bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. McDonald won the bout by knockout in the first round. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
In a surprising move, the UFC has cut former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres. This is the second time he has been cut in less than a year, but this one appears to be performance-related (on the surface at least), unlike his last release that came as the result of an unfortunate rape joke on twitter. He was rehired after making amends for that, but is apparently out once again. Torres took to his website to announce the news, and say that he'll be fighting for a new organization in November:
I am writing this letter to inform you that as a result of my last loss, I was cut from the UFC. My next fight will be in Hammond, Indiana for Titan Fighting Championship on November the 2nd. I am excited to continue fighting, to regain my focus and to get back to what made me a champion. A special thank you to my manager, Glenn Robinson, my trainer, Firas Zahabi, my training partners, and all the staff at the UFC. I have dedicated my whole life to mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. From teaching, to training, and fighting from the lowest to the highest levels, my passion in life is to be the best that I can be. Until November 2nd...
Miguel Angel Torres
Torres (40-5) had gone 2-2 in the UFC, alternating wins and losses in his run. He last fought against top prospect Michael McDonald at UFC 145, where he was knocked out in the first round. He currently sits at # 8 in the SBN Consensus Rankings at 135. As of this writing, his profile is still up at UFC.com.