Former UFC fighter Luis Pena has been booked for his first appearance since facing numerous domestic violence and battery charges in the U.S.
Pena has been booked to appear at ACA’s April 16th event in Minsk, Belarus. News of the fight was confirmed by social media from ACA and Pena on Monday.
ACA is a Russian promotion that has existed since 2014. In 2020, the U.S. Department of Treasury placed sanctions on the promotion due to ownership by Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov.
Pena was cut from the UFC roster last year after being arrested numerous times in the state of Florida, USA.
Pena was first arrested in June 2021. While first charged with robbery by sudden snatching, battery and criminal mischief, his charges were later downgraded to misdemeanor charges of simple battery and criminal mischief. Charges were not pressed by the alleged victim in this case.
Pena was arrested again in October 2021, this time being charged with misdemeanor battery and domestic violence. A month later, he was arrested for the third time and charged with misdemeanor battery and criminal mischief.
Pena’s next court appearance is scheduled to be on April 8th via a Zoom call, per MMA Junkie.