Miguel Torres, a former WEC bantamweight champion, has been arrested on a marijuana possession charge. The arrest was made in Torres’s home state of Indiana, and the news was confirmed by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department.
Torres has reportedly posted a $1,5000 cash bond. He has yet to comment on the incident, or reply to any outlet’s request for a statement.
Torres became the WEC bantamweight champion in 2008, defending the title in dominant fashion three times before losing it to Brian Bowles at WEC 42. At the peak of his career, Torres held a 37-1 record, and was consistently ranked among the top pound for pound fighters in the world.
Following the loss of the WEC title, Torres dropped a submission loss to Joseph Benavidez, before picking up a win against Charlie Valencia at WEC 51. He then moved over to the UFC following the WEC/UFC merger, going 2-2 in the promotion.
Following a controversial tweet involving rape, Torres was released from the UFC, before being picked up again after some charitable work. Sadly, another loss resulted in him being cut from the promotion a second time.
Since then, he’s drped a split decision to Marion Moraes at the World Series of Fighting’s premiere event in November, 2012, and has not fought since.
While marijuana possession is a relatively minor crime, and one most would consider a victimless offense, it’s still yet another roadblock for the once dominant champion. In the past four years, the 32 year old fighter has been unable to reclaim his momentum, with many speculating that a retirement from the sport might be around the corner.
With such a promising history behind him, we can only hope that Torres is able to get his head in the game and his career back on track.