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And Now He’s Fired (Again): Miguel Torres Released by UFC, Signs With Titan FC

(True story.)

As a wise man once tweeted, “everyone likes surprises.” Nevertheless, Miguel Torres probably didn’t enjoy the surprise he got recently when he found out that he had been cut for the second time by the UFC. Torres confirmed on his official website that he was handed his walking papers following his first-round knockout loss against rising star Michael McDonald at UFC 145. The firing follows a temporary release in December, which Torres caught for rape-joke-related offenses.

At one point the most dominant bantamweight in the history of the sport, Torres ends his UFC stint with an underwhelming record of 2-2, including decision wins over Antonio Banuelos and Nick Pace, and losses to McDonald and Demetrious Johnson. Prior to that, Torres spent three fruitful years in the WEC, where he won the promotion’s 135-pound belt and successfully defended it three times before a pair of stoppage losses to Brian Bowles and Joseph Benavidez permanently dethroned him.

As Torres wrote on his website, “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…”

No word yet on who Torres will fight on 11/2, although if we’re just throwing names around, why not LC Davis, who won his Titan debut in May? FYI, Titan FC’s next event goes down this Friday in Kansas City, and will feature the light-heavyweight debut of Anthony Johnson as well as jiu-jitsu juggernaut Braulio Estima’s MMA debut. Please contact ReX13 for car-pool information.

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Todd M- August 22, 2012 at 9:34 pm
I like Torres, I hope he can find his old killer self and make it back to the big show.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm
He should get into the vending business. Maybe the UFC could sponsor him to set up a taco van outside their venues in the parking lot. He could call it "Torres Tacos de Toros y Vacas" and he could keep his mariachi band.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm
Is that a picture of the sweet mural airbrushed on the side of his windowless van?

I'll bet the inside is upholstered in vinyl, it's easier to hose off.
LesnarsIntestine- August 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm
Let's see what's trending.. Rape. Good.. good *drifts off to sleep with a happy little sigh.*
algiersheadkick504- August 22, 2012 at 9:56 am
i thought for sure torres would retire and purchase a "surprise" van but i guess he still to famous to start that, a couple losses to cans should fix that...but really torres needs to put on muscle and move up he is a stick at 135 and isnt a advantage anymore against short stocky wrestlers with sub defense. plus he has no striking power
RwilsonR- August 22, 2012 at 9:53 am
The first firing was bullshit! Everyone enjoys a good rape joke.... right, Missouri voters?
Viva Hate- August 22, 2012 at 8:54 am
Next career move, selling used vans on craigslist to dudes with mustaches.
ric chair- August 22, 2012 at 8:53 am
Crow42- August 22, 2012 at 8:45 am
What Miguel really ment to say , is his next fight is in XARM against Mayham miller