UFC bantamweight Irwin Rivera has been charged with two counts of attempted murder. The 31-year-old Mexican was arrested on Tuesday after confessing to stabbing his two sisters. He is currently held without bail at the Palm Beach County Jail in Florida.
- The alleged incident happened on Thursday, Jan. 7, at the fighter's home in Boynton Beach. Police documents say Rivera admitted to the crime, which the accused said was an order from a "higher power."
- Both sisters survived the attack but sustained critical injuries like collapsed lungs. Nonetheless, they showed support for their beleaguered brother and expressed their love for him online. According to Lezlye Rivera's social media statement, Irwin "hasn't been acting like himself" the entire weekend before the incident happened.
- Per the UFC's statement, the company has been made aware of Rivera's "mental health issues." Management is now considering possible disciplinary action or medical attention.
- As a fighter, Rivera last competed in September against Andre Ewell. He lost by split decision to compile a record in the UFC. He is also the former Titan FC bantamweight champion.