A day after he was unexpectedly released from his UFC contract by Dana White for posting a joke on Twitter about rape, former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres has released a statement apologizing for his comments.

While much of the fallout from this incident has revolved around whether Torres was too harshly punished for the incident given that other fighters in the promotion had made similar gaffe’s recently without the same outcome, the 30 year-old appears to have accepted the decision and vowed to learn from his mistakes.

Read the statement in full below.

“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.”