UFC bantamweight fighter Irwin Rivera has been arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder after stabbing his sisters, according to an arrest report from the Boynton Beach Police Department. Although jail records show that Rivera is facing first-degree premeditated murder charges, the police report indicates that both victims survived the attack.
The affidavit states that police were called to a residence shortly after 3 a.m. on January 7 following reports of a stabbing. Upon arrival they found a woman who told them her brother had stabbed her and her sister.
The affidavit continues, “In a sworn taped interview, [Rivera] admitted to stabbing both of his sisters. … [He] believed that he killed both of his sisters and said that he did so because it was his purpose, which he was told to by a higher power.”
Both victims were brought to Delray Medical Center but their condition is not known at this time.
On Thursday, Rivera was booked into the Main Detention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, as per jail records. If convicted, Rivera could face life in prison or the death penalty. Heavy reached out to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office but no information was available at the time.
Rivera (10-6) has fought in the UFC three times, going 1-2 in the promotion. His last fight took place in September 2020, losing a split decision to Andre Ewell.
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The UFC Released a Statement of Rivera’s Arrest
“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 UFC said in a statement to MMA Fighting.
“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.”
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