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Miguel Torres Issues Statement After UFC Release

Late Thursday night UFC bantamweight contender Miguel Torres discovered he had been cut from the UFC due to an offensive message posted on his Twitter account. The message in question has since been deleted, but read, "If a rape van was called a surprise van more women wouldn't mind going for rides in them. Everyone like surprises."

Following the abrupt announcement, Torres released this statement on his personal website. (via migueltorresmma.com)

"I have a lot to be thankful for in my life, I have my beautiful wife and daughter, my family, my health, my gym, and in terms of my career, I succeeded to the biggest stage in the sport of mixed martial arts, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. I am very sorry for upsetting my bosses at the UFC, and also to my fans and everyone else who was upset by the language in my tweets. I understand it was wrong, and I meant no harm or disrespect. Given the chance, I will do whatever it takes to make things right. I am going to learn from this. I think life throws you opportunities that can make you a better person, and so that's what I'm going to do here. That is how I am going to react. I am going to use this to improve myself, and I hope that my fans will continue to support me."