UFC fighter Irwin Rivera was arrested Thursday on two counts of attempted murder, according to an incident report obtained by ESPN.
Marc Raimondi of ESPN reported the news, noting Boynton Beach (Florida) Police Department spokesperson Stephanie Slater said the fighter was accused of stabbing his two sisters. He is being held without bail.
Boynton Beach police officers found two women one age 22 and the other age 33 with multiple stab wounds after being called to a residence, per the incident report. The younger woman had wounds in her back, head, and arm. The older had wounds on her back, face, arms, and hands. Both were alive and were rushed to a hospital.
One of the sisters told police that they were staying with their brother, Rivera, in one of his spare rooms and they awoke to Rivera repeatedly stabbing them with a knife, according to the report.
Documents show that Irwin fled the scene but was later apprehended and confessed to police, “I killed my sisters.” Police say that the athlete, who used a “brass knuckle knife” in the alleged incident, told authorities he was compelled by a “higher power.”
Following the arrest, the UFC released a statement obtained by ESPN saying he will not be offered a fight at this time and that his management has since informed the organization that Irwin has “been exhibiting behavior consistent with mental health issues.”
Raimondi shared a statement from the UFC on Rivera
“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 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.”
He most recently fought at UFC Fight Night: Covington vs. Woodley on Sept. 19, losing a split decision to Andre Ewell. Rivera debuted for the UFC in May and earned his first UFC victory in August, beating Ali AlQaisi. Rivera is the former Titan FC bantamweight champion. His first fight with the UFC came in May 2020, and he was scheduled to participate in UFC Fight Night in March.
TMZ Sports explained Rivera could face life in prison or the death penalty if he is convicted.
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