Former UFC fighter Miguel Torres arrested for weed

Former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres was arrested for marijuana possession in his home state of Indiana.

Former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres was arrested this past weekend in his home state of Indiana.

According to records released by the Marshall County (Ind.) Sheriff's Department, Torres, 32, was charged with possession of marijuana. He posted a $1,500 cash bond later in the day. A minuscule amount in comparison to the grand total of $100,000 Jason Miller had to shell out in August, which as a whole, hasn't been a stellar month for former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters.

In the state of Indiana, marijuana possession is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000 dollars.

At (40-6), the struggling bantamweight has not thrown down since a split decision loss to Marlon Moraes during last November's World Series of Fighting 1 (WSOF) event in Las Vegas.

The scrappy veteran has been around since 2000 and his career highlight was when he won WEC's 135-pound title back in 2008. At the time, he quickly rose to the top of most fan's pound-for-pound list and was successful in defending his title three times, before finally losing to Brian Bowles at WEC 42 in August of 2009.

The Tristar Gym member's four-fight UFC tenure began in 2011 when he beat Antonio Banuelos in his debut, following the WEC/UFC alignment.

He then dropped a controversial decision to Demetrious Johnson, beat Nick Pace, and then tweeted his way into a bad situation with the reputation-conscious UFC brand.

Following a 140-character statement that made light of rape, Torres was released by the promotion in December 2011. But later in the same month, after doing charitable work for women's victim organizations and smoothing things over with a forgiving UFC President, Dana White, the company brought him back for a second run.

In his return bout against Michael McDonald, Torres was knocked out in the first round. It was his final fight for the promotion, where he went (2-2) overall, thus leading to his signing with WSOF.

Torres declined to comment late Wednesday, but you have to believe the guy is wishing he had set up shop in a Duane Ludwig-esque state like California.


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