It has been a crazy ride for Miguel Torres over the past year, from getting fired briefly from the UFC in late 2011, to being rehired and violently knocked out in the first round by Michael McDonald. Things did not get any easier for the former WEC BW champion, as he was recently released by the UFC for a second time for disciplinary reasons.
After a tweet about rape referencing the popular TV show "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" got Torres released the first time, Dave Meltzer has reported that a similar incident had led to his second release, covered here by BE's own George Halvatsis, Jr (aka Stank Bref/halitosis). While Zuffa has not commented on the release, if Meltzer is accurate then Torres made a similar mistake again.
Keep reading after the jump to see what Torres' future holds in his post Zuffa days
The above tweet was posted on Cage Potato amid speculation that Torres had been released for a similar incident, and while this may not be what got him fired, it could be construed as another pro-rape tweet, which Zuffa will clearly not stand for. Interpretation is everything here, and the tweet can be read in multiple ways. I will not even begin to guess as to Torres' intent here, but I have heard virtually the same line referenced previously in at least one movie (How High) and that was in a joke about being able to score with women, and had nothing to do with rape.
Torres finally looked like he had found his new home in Titan FC, but he has now been removed from their November 3rd card, and will compete November 2nd for the debut card of World Series of Fighting, as reported earlier by our friends at MMA Fighting. In an odd twist, Torres will be permitted to take one fight with Titan FC, though it will not be at the card he initially signed for.
The upstart World Series of Fighting seems to have taken steps to solidify themselves as a legitimate promotion, and they have called a September 6 press conference to announce some of the first card and a deal with the NBC Sports Network. These announcements, along with the signing of one of the top bantamweights can only be good news for fans who want to see more fights. The NBC Sports Network was formally Versus, so it appears Torres' career has come full circle, as he fought on that exact network as the #1 ranked BW in the world for the WEC.
Hopefully for Miguel Torres he can gain some perspective from his release and can come back stronger as a fighter and a person, and as fans we can all see the man that was at one point considered one of the pound for pound best in the world. He will certainly be one of the centerpiece signings for the new organization, and the TV deal should give both Torres and the World Series of Fighting a good chance for exposure and success.