UFC Bantamweight Irwin Rivera Arrested, Charged With Two Counts of Attempted Murder

UFC fighter Irwin Rivera has been arrested and jailed on Thursday in Boynton Beach, Florida, USA. The bantamweight has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, per a report by Marc Raimondi of ESPN.

Rivera was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon and is currently being held without a bond set.

ESPN’s report details that he is being accused of stabbing two of his sisters. Boynton Beach police found the women with numerous stab wounds, per the report. Alive when the police arrived, they were sent to a hospital.

A police report says Rivera came into contact with authorities in the morning, telling them “I killed my sisters,” and citing that a “higher power” told him to do it.

MMA Fighting’s report included a comment from UFC on the matter.

“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,” said the promotion.

UFC also mentioned in their statement that Rivera’s management team informed them he was “exhibiting behavior consistent with mental health issues.”

Rivera joined the UFC in 2020, fighting three times in the promotion. After a win and a loss earlier in the year, Rivera most recently lost a split decision to Andre Ewell in September.

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