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UFC Fighter Irwin Rivera Arrested for the Attempted Murder of Both of His Sisters

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UFC Bantamweight Irwin Rivera was arrested Thursday in West Palm Beach, Florida on a pair of attempted murder charges. Rivera has since been accused of stabbing his two sisters, per a report from ESPN.

According to the incident report obtained by ESPN, Boynton Beach police officers were called to a residence and found the two sisters with multiple stab wounds. Both women were alive and taken to the hospital. One of the sisters revealed that they were staying in one of Rivera’s spare bedrooms when the 31-year old attacked them with a knife.

At 7 A.M. Thursday morning, police found Irwin Rivera, who had fled the scene of the stabbing. Rivera said, “I killed my sisters.” He admitted to entering his sisters’ bedroom while they were asleep and stabbing them with a “brass knuckle knife.” Rivera told police that he believed the stabbing/attempted murder was his purpose, assigned to him by a “higher power”, according to the report.

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The UFC has since made a statement claiming they’re currently investigating the situation and would not be offering Irwin Rivera a fight at this time.

UFC is aware of the recent incident involving Irwin Rivera and subsequently received information from his management that he has been exhibiting behaviour consistent with mental health issues,” the UFC statement 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.”

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