UFC bantamweight fighter Irwin Rivera has been charged with the attempted murder of his two sisters.
The 31-year-old Rivera’s two sisters, aged 22 and 33, had reportedly been staying at his home when they awoke in the middle of the night to find him repeatedly stabbing them with a ‘brass knuckles knife’.
Rivera then fled the scene and later told police that he had killed his sisters and that he’d been told to do so by “a higher power.”
Thankfully both sisters actually survived, though they each suffered horrific injuries, with the 22-year-old managing to make her way outside to raise the alarm via a neighbor, despite having multiple stab wounds to her back, head and arm, while her 33-year-old sibling remained inside the home with multiple wounds to her back, face, arms and hands.
“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,” a statement from the promotion read. “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.”
A former Titan FC champion, Rivera joined the UFC last year and fought three times in 2020, recording a 1-2 record, with his last fight being a split decision loss against Andre Ewell back in September.