LAS VEGAS — Miguel Torres is BACK in the UFC Just 20 Days After Being Fired by UFC President
For the rest of you, we will continue…UFC president Dana White announced the fighters return following Wednesday’s UFC 141 pre-fight press conference. He said along side Miguel and made this statement
“I was on vacation the last ten days, and his manager texted me and asked if they could come meet with me today,” White told reporters. “So I said yes — none of this was planned or anything — I said yes, and he came in this morning and sat me down and basically said, since the incident happened, he’s gone and reached out to every rape crisis center in Chicago and met with the people who run it and sat down and talked to them. He’s donated money to all the rape crisis centers. He’s been taking rape sensitivity classes, etcetera, etcetera.”
Torres visited five different rape crisis centers in the Chicago area, donating money and talked with the people there about the power his words have, even in an off-hand attempt at humor on Twitter, he said.
“I got educated, basically, I got put to school.”
White said that Torres undertook that endeavor entirely on his own, and with no prompting or promises from the UFC.
“He wasn’t told to do it, He wasn’t told, if you do this, we’ll think about bringing you back or if you do this, you’ll come back. He wasn’t told anything, because we never talked.”
Torres again apologized to the people he’d offended with his tweet about a “rape van,” and thanked the supporters who stood behind him. As for what he would have done had the UFC not taken him back, he said, there was no back-up plan.
“When I got cut, it showed me that what I say on Twitter, what I say on social media is very powerful. I took a lot of heat for what I said. I manned up and I took it on the chin. I realized that words are very powerful, and I’m very sorry. I know what I say can hurt people.”
I’m happy to hear Dana White is sympathizing, I like Dana and it was really frustrating to watch a fighter I really like get the axe for something Dana himself has been guilty of. Not only did he get caught tweeting a rape reference (Not something I would call a “Big Deal”, but it is when you are firing people for it) But he also recived a public back lash for a 2009 video blog where he used homosexual epithets to describe anonymous sources in an article by reporter Loretta Hunt, and said that experience still lingers with him long after he issued a public apology.
“It’s hard to explain what you go through when something like this happens,” said White. “I’ve been there and done it. And then you get labeled. I’m labeled as a homophobe. They still come after me for that. It’s the furthest thing from the truth. And if I was, I’d tell you, trust me.”
Now that Torres back, Dana made it clear that he will not be implementing any new rules. It will remain on a case by case basis.When fighters are trying to figure out what will and won’t get them in trouble, he said,
“It’s common sense. And listen, sometimes we’ve got to go through stuff like this to realize it.”
In other words, no formal policy for UFC fighters on matters like these is in the works. And why not?
“Because I don’t want to,I was criticized for cutting him. Now I’ll be criticized for bringing him back,” said the UFC president. “The bottom line is I don’t give a [expletive] what anybody thinks or what anybody says. I don’t give a [expletive] what your opinion is, I’m going to do this the way I want to do it.”
So there you go, after a huge public outcry and public apology from Miguel Torres…he is back int the UFC. I for one think this is great news and I think it is a win win for everyone. Dana gets to make his point to the fighters that they can’t act like idiots, Miguel Torres got punished but is back in the UFC and now their is more Sensitivity to Rape awareness.
What do you guys think, did Dana White make the right decision bring Miguel Back?
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