ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 21: Miguel Angel Torres is helped away from the octagon after being knocked out by Michael McDonald during their Bantamweight bout for UFC 145 at Philips Arena on April 21, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
He got a second chance, but couldn't capitalize on it.
Former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres has been released (again) from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), following a devastating knockout loss to top 135-pound prospect Michael McDonald at the UFC 145: "Jones vs. Evans" pay-per-view (PPV) last April.
The good news is, he's already on the rebound.
Torres (40-5) hooked himself up with the gang at Titan Fighting Championship, the regional mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion based out of Kansas City and home to fellow ex-ZUFFA zealot Anthony Johnson. The East Chicago native is expected to make his televised debut on Nov. 2, 2012.
"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."
See his full statement here.
Torres was originally released from his UFC contract back on Dec. 8, 2011, following a controversial rape joke on his official Twitter account, but was given a second chance after Torres "impressed" UFC President Dana White with the way he handled his business outside the cage.
Inside the cage? That's a different story.
After coughing up the bantamweight belt to Brian Bowles under the WEC banner, Torres went 3-3 while failing to generate any kind of momentum to propel himself back into the 135-pound title hunt. Time to get back on the horse and ride on.
Anyone think he was prematurely released?