Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. This has to be what is running through the mind of Dana White, or at least someone in the social media department of the UFC.

Just weeks after one of the promotion’s largest sponsors, Anheuser-Busch, issued a warning to UFC fighters to clean up their acts or they will be “forced to act,” Miguel Torres decided to test the waters—for the second time.

Exactly what those actions are, only Anheuser-Busch knows, but one would think the UFC will not be willing to risk losing the backing from the beer company.

If you feel like you’ve been here before with Torres, well, it was about six months ago that we were. The bantamweight was fired in early December for a tweet he sent out stating, “If a rape van was called a surprise van, more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone likes surprises.”

After participating in rape sensitivity classes, the fighter was brought back to the UFC just prior to UFC 141 in late December. Clearly, those classes did not have a lasting effect.

Just this past weekend, Torres was back at it, issuing not one, but two questionable tweets.

The first was on May 10 when Torres tweeted: “Hi, I’m looking for Molly. I’ve been searching everywhere and I can’t seem to find Molly.” This one likely flew under the radar for most, and was likely chalked up to Torres looking for a girl named Molly. It’s not quite that simple though.

Molly is a street name for the drug MDMA. Only Torres knows if he was in fact in search of MDMA or if he was in fact searching for a woman with the same name. Regardless, it was a poor display of decision making for someone with a history of poor taste in tweets.

However, it was the second tweet of the weekend that will likely leave the former WEC champ in hot water. This one read: “They should never say stop, no, and don’t. What you should hear is no don’t stop.”

While one tweet can be easily explained, the fact that he chose to send out a second tweet in poor taste should not and can not be overlooked.

Torres is coming off a first-round knockout last month to rising bantamweight star Michael McDonald. After starting his professional career with only one loss in his first 38 fights, he has now dropped four of seven. With his better days apparently behind him, that leaves even less reason that the UFC should give him the benefit of the doubt.

With more females being sucked into MMA fandom, the topic of rape is one that is even more sensitive now than ever before. Either way you look at it, it’s a topic that should never be brought up, much less twice by the same fighter in a six-month time frame. Torres got away with it once. He was “fired” and then “rehired” in less than a one month—one can’t consider that to be a legitimate punishment.

Before the UFC is left in search of a new flagship beer, the promotion needs to be the one acting. The UFC’s social media policies have helped propel it into the mainstream and have given fans a way to connect with their favorite fighters in a way that would have never been possible just a few short years ago.

While no one wants to see the promotion enforce a NFL-style social media policy, causing fighters to stop being themselves, it may be time. Tweets about rape are unacceptable. Punishing a fighter with a few-week “firing” is unacceptable. The promotion needs to act, and they need to stand by their decision, driving home the fact that they do not tolerate these actions, especially amongst repeat offenders.

Miguel Torres has proven he is not worth the risk that he clearly brings. It’s time to make an example; Torres is the chance to ensure a future relationship with Anheuser-Busch while also opening the other fighters’ eyes as to the consequences of their actions.

Torres was knocked out in his last fight; now he needs to be permanently knocked out of the UFC.

Photo: Miguel Torres (L) with UFC President Dana White (Tracy Lee/Combat Lifestyle)

About The Author

Paige Berger

Relatively new to the sport of MMA, Paige is a life long athlete. She attended the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, N.Y., where she was a pioneer member of the women's ice hockey program. She also excelled in softball and soccer before deciding to focus on hockey. Born and raised in New York, she is an avid Yankees fan. Currently residing in Las Vegas, a move she made after falling in love with MMA while training at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., she is currently studying public relations and advertising at UNLV.