When Dana White referred to Miguel Torres’ UFC career as being “over” in response to the highly-touted bantamweight’s ill-advised attempt at humor on Twitter he apparently meant to say “over for three weeks,” as the 40-4 fighter was welcomed to the stage earlier today after a press conference for UFC 141 had concluded.
According to the UFC President, Torres had displayed genuine remorse for his actions in the period since discussing “rape vans” on the popular social networking outlet and would be given another chance inside the Octagon. It was also explained Torres volunteered at a local rape center, plus donated money to their cause, and undergone sensitivity training as well.
Little information was given beyond the basics and no future date/opponent were mentioned in relation to Torres’ next fight.
As bad as Torres’ joke was his timing may have been worse, as fellow UFC fighters Forrest Griffin and Rashad Evans had recently been taken to task for making similar remarks. The polished 135er will next look to build off his November win over Nick Pace at UFC 139 and, at least for the foreseeable future, should now be able to put this particular issue behind him for good.
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MMATraining Take: It was clear White was reacting emotionally when he cut Torres while barely disciplining Griffin/Evans so at least he’s removed his foot from his mouth by bringing Mr. Mullet back. However, it needs to be pointed out that White runs a major company and it looks bad when he cuts a guy because he’s mad only to bring him back the very month he released him in.