Former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres Arrested For Marijuana Possession

Former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres was arrested for marijuana possession in Indiana last week.

The 32-year-old posted a $1,500 cash bond, according to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department. His booking was posted as part of the department’s arrests between August 24-25, according to MMA Junkie.

Torres made his WEC debut on September 5, 2007 at WEC 30. He defeated Jeff Bedard by triangle choke submission at 2:30 in the first round, improving his professional MMA record to 33-1. His sole loss at that point was to Ryan Ackerman at IHC 6: Inferno in November 2003. Torres got his revenge two years later at IHC 9: Purgatory, defeating Ackerman by arm bar submission at 4:45 in the first round.

Miguel Torres won the bantamweight championship in his second WEC fight, defeating Chase Beebe by guillotine choke submission at WEC 32 on February 13, 2008. He successfully defend his title three times before losing it to Brian Bowles by at WEC 42 on August 9, 2009. Bowles beat Torres by KO at 3:57 in the first round.

After WEC merged with the UFC in October 2010, Torres made his promotional debut at UFC 126 on February 5, 2011. He defeated Antonio Banuelos by unanimous decision. He lost his next fight to Demetrious Johnson by unanimous decision on May 28, 2011 at UFC 130, bringing his record to 39-4.

Torres was released from the UFC on December 8, 2011, after quoting the Comedy Central series Workaholics on his Twitter account. The quote read, “If a rape van was called a surprise van more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone likes surprises.”

UFC president Dana White announced Torres’ return 20 days later after the UFC 141 press conference. White said, “Torres handled his business like a man and no one told him to do it.”

Miguel Torres fought his last fight in the UFC at UFC 145 on April 21, 2012. He was knocked out by Michael McDonald at 3:18 in the first round. He was released from the promotion a second time after the loss.

It was announced that Torres signed with World Series of Fighting (WSOF) on September 6, 2012. He made his promotional debut at WSOF 1 on November 3, but lost to Marlon Moraes by split decision. His MMA record now stands at 40-6.

According to Bloody Elbow, marijuana possession in Indiana is a misdemeanor and punishable by up to a year in prison and $5,000 in fines.