A UFC bantamweight has been arrested and is facing attempted murder charges.
Irwin Rivera was taken into custody at the Main Detention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on Thursday, January 7. MyMMANews.com’s Eric Kowal first reported that Rivera allegedly stabbed his sisters. A police report obtained by ESPN notes that one of the women stabbed is 22, while the other is 33. The younger one reportedly suffered stab wounds to the back, head, and arm. The older one had wounds on her face, back, hands, and arms. Both women were rushed to the hospital and are alive.
Rivera allegedly told police that he thought he killed his sisters for a “higher power.” One of the sisters told police that she was staying in one of Rivera’s spare rooms when she awoke to her brother stabbing her.
A UFC official issued the following statement to MMAFighting.com.
“UFC is aware of the recent incident involving Irwin Rivera and subsequently received information from his management that he has been exhibiting behavior consistent with mental health issues,” the statement read. “The allegations are extremely troubling and the organization is currently gathering additional information. The investigation is ongoing and any potential next steps including disciplinary action or medical attention will be determined upon the conclusion. Furthermore, UFC has informed Rivera’s management that he will not be offered a bout at this time.”
Rivera was last seen in action back in September 2020. He suffered a split decision loss to Andre Ewell.
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