Surprising news has emerged that former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres has been released from his UFC contract.

Torres was briefly cut last year after posting an inappropriate joke on Twitter, but made amends and seemed to be back in the UFC’s good-books.  However, a first round knockout loss to Michael McDonald back in April has resulted in him being let go again.

In total Torres produced a 2-2 record during his stay in the UFC.  While that’s a far cry from the 37-1 record he once held it’s still a surprise that the promotion would release him so soon given that he’s one of the most recongisable stars in the lighter divisions and lost to two of the best bantamweight fighters around in McDonald and Demetrious Johnson.

Having said that, it is fair to say that the 31 year-old hasn’t looked at his best over the past few years and appeared to abandon the more action-orientated, aggressive style of his younger days in favor of a more cautious approach during his time in the UFC which appears not to have done him any favors.

Despite the disappointment of being cut from the sport’s leading promotion, Torres is still eager to fight and has quickly lined up a fight for Titan FC on November 2nd against an opponent still to be confirmed.

Read Torres full statement on the situation below.

“I am writing this letter to inform you that as a result of my last loss, I was cut from the UFC.  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 jiujitsu. 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 …”