Former UFC fighter Irwin Rivera will return next month, competing for the first time since his January 2021 attempted murder arrest.
Rivera is expected to fight at Eagle FC 46 on March 11th in Miami, Florida, USA, per an announcement made earlier in the week. He is scheduled to meet Firdavs Khasanov in a bantamweight fight.
In January 2021, Rivera was arrested after allegedly attempting to stab his two sisters while they were asleep. Rivera allegedly came into contact with authorities the night of the alleged incident, telling them that a “higher power” made him do the stabbing.
A Florida court accepted Rivera’s not guilty plea by reason of insanity in October, granting him a conditional release. This came after doctors testified in court that Rivera had a bipolar disorder with psychosis and that he wasn’t aware of this mental health issue when the attack in January occurred.
The sisters of Rivera that were attacked in January both survived without any long-term damage.
Courts ruled that Rivera could be released from incarceration, although he must take his prescribed medication and receive care from a psychiatrist. A doctor testified in court that they saw “no problem” with Rivera competing in MMA again.
Rivera had a three-fight UFC run in 2020, attaining one win and two losses. His fight at Eagle FC will be his first appearance in over a year.