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UFC Makes The Right Call With Miguel Torres Firing

Miguel TorresThe day that Dana White offered Twitter bonuses for UFC fighters you just knew, that this was going to eventually blow up in his face. Miguel Torres is the first fighter fired over a tweet on Thursday. Now does Torres collect his bonus now or later for his rape Van tweet?

Twitter gate as some MMA fans may call this all started on Wednesday. Torres tweeted the following on Wednesday.

If a rape van was called a surprise van, more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone likes surprises

Dana White was not happy, as well as many of his followers. The joke comes on the same week that Rashad Evans tells Phil Davis at a press conference that what he’ll do to him at UFC on Fox will be “worse than what Gerry Sandusky did to those kids.” But hey, nobody ever accused these guys of being sensitive to rape or child molesting right?

Dana White broke the news to SI. com when he revealed that Torres was fired.

“This morning I’m on [Michael] Landsburg’s show, up here in Canada, and he hits me with the quote of what he tweeted. 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.

And so it began. The fallout saw many people on Twitter come to Torres’ defense. I was even attacked after I only simply tweeted what a dumb thing it was for Torres to say. The two defenses for Torres are a) he was simply posting a quote from a television show “It’s Sunny in Philadelphia and b) Forrest Griffin tweeted a rape joke several weeks ago and wasn’t fired. I have two words for those supporters, too bad!

Before I even counter those defenses I wanted to take a look at Torres’ current Twitter wall to see if he was sorry, had any apologies to offer, or even acknowledged his mistake. Instead I found the following tweets from Torres.

Your mouth says no but my roofies say yes.” – https://twitter.com/#!/MiguelTorresMMA/status/143473473241612288

Got asked why am I such an a#$hole at times, responded without hesitation, “Nice guys finish last & I hate losing.”” – https://twitter.com/#!/MiguelTorresMMA/status/143918403017650176

Jokes on racism, pedifiles, terrorism, & other fucked up things is ok, but some are off limits. What a sensitive world we live in.” – https://twitter.com/#!/MiguelTorresMMA/status/144484477182283776

Not only does he have zero remorse for the tweet (which he deleted mind you), he even has another tweet joking about rape on his wall! Are you kidding me here? This is not a guy who you should feel sorry for or beg Dana White for his job back. This guy is either clueless or just can’t help himself from a good rape joke. It is one thing to sit around and tell these dumb “jokes” in the gym or in private, but tweet them as a way to entertain your followers is just beyond clueless.

As for the Forrest Griffin defense, yes Forrest did tweet a joke about rape. Yes it was absolutely wrong. But, a) he didn’t have other jokes on his Twitter wall about rape, b) he apologized, and c) he is far more valuable to the UFC than Torres would ever be. It is just a fact of life that there are different rules for professional athletes based on their value to his or her franchise. I may not like it, but it will never change. Should the UFC have fired a guy who helped put the company on the map arguably more than anyone, who did apologize? Again, that is debatable but I have to believe he would have been fired if he showed as much ignorance as Torres.

As for the defense that he was only quoting a television show. So what? Is it okay for a UFC fighter to post a bunch of quotes from Hitler? Is it okay for a UFC fighter to post an over the top racist joke if he says he is just quoting a guy in a bar? Of course it isn’t so whether Torres was quoting a television show or coming up with the quote himself, it should make no difference.

Let’s also not take away the fact that Torres has a reputation as one of the smarter fighters in MMA. He has his own business and is often a co-host on ESPN’s MMA show. This is a guy that should know better as a man, a business man, and as a role model. There is no excuse.

I think if there is one thing that has become abundantly clear in the last week that instead of offering fighters a seminar on how to use Twitter, they need to offer their fighters a seminar on sensitivity and media relations (although it is kind of hard to think that you HAVE TO tell someone not to make rape jokes or child molesting references). Jokes about rape and comparing an MMA fight to the horror that a child allegedly endured at the hands of Gerry Sandsuky are no laughing matters. The only thing funny about this is how dumb and insensitive some of these fighters really are.

In a day and age where the UFC is on Fox and has the spotlight on them, only the dumbest UFC fighter or someone that just has an obsession with rape jokes would tweet this kind of stuff and find it funny. The guy either needs some education on rape or is just a sick. You decide.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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