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UFC Fighter Irwin Rivera Charged with Attempted Murder




UFC fighter Irwin Rivera was arrested on Thursday on two counts of attempted murder, according to ESPN’s Marc Raimondi.

Per the report which cites online jail records, Rivera was booked just after noon EST on Thursday after being apprehended by the Boynton Beach Police Department and is being held without bail. Boynton Beach Police Department spokesperson Stephanie Slater says that Rivera is accused of stabbing his two sisters.

Boynton Beach police officers found two women, ages 22 and 33, with multiple stab wounds after officers were called to a resident. The younger woman reportedly had wounds in her back, her head, and her arm, while the older women had wounds on her back, her face, her arms, and her hands while also suffering collapsed lungs.

Both women were rushed to a hospital and are alive, with Boynton Beach Police department saying one is in stable condition and the other is in critical condition.

According to the report, Rivera, who fled the scene before he was contact my officers at 7am EST, told police that he entered his sisters’ bedroom while they were sleeping and stabbed them with a “brass knuckle knife.” Rivera told police that he believed he had killed his sisters and he did it because it was his purpose, told to him by a “higher power.” Rivera reportedly told police “I killed my sisters”.

“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,” an official statement from UFC said. “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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