Irwin Rivera, a fighter in the UFC bantamweight division, was arrested Thursday, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in Florida online records.
Details of the arrest and incident were later revealed via a police report obtained about Eric Kowal from MyMMANews, and they are gruesome.
Irwin Rivera allegedly stabbed sleeping sisters
According to the report, officers responding to multiple 911 calls found Rivera’s sister lying next to a blood-covered roadway with injuries to her back, head and arm and two collapsed lungs. The sister allegedly alleged that her brother had stabbed her and that her sister was still in the house.
Police reportedly found the other sister in a residence with similar injuries. She reportedly told them that she and her sister were visiting Rivera and spending the night in her spare bedroom, before being awakened by Irving stabbing them repeatedly.
Two neighbors reportedly declared under oath that a sister knocked on their door pleading, “He’s trying to kill me, please help my sister.
Rivera allegedly fled the scene and was eventually arrested by police, to whom he admitted to stabbing his sisters with a brass knuckles after being asked to do so by a higher power. The report says Rivera has been charged with attempted murder.
According to Palm Beach records, Rivera was booked at 12:08 p.m. ET at the Main Detention Center in Palm Beach. No bond has been set for the 31-year-old.
A UFC official confirmed to MMA Fighting that the promotion is aware of the allegations against Rivera:
“The UFC is aware of the recent incident involving Irwin Rivera and has subsequently received information from his management that he was behaving compatible with mental health issues,” the statement read. “The allegations are extremely disturbing and the organization is currently collecting additional information. The investigation is ongoing and all potential next steps, including disciplinary action or medical attention, will be determined upon conclusion. Additionally, the UFC has informed Rivera’s management that he will not be offered a fight at this time.
Rivera has been fighting with the UFC for less than a year, going 1-2 in three fights in 2020. Prior to his UFC career, Rivera was the bantamweight champion of the Florida-based Titan Fighting Championships. .
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