UFC fighter Irwin Rivera was booked on two counts of first-degree premeditated murder on Thursday, Jan 7.
Reporter Eric Kowal of the MMA first posted on Rivera’s detention. He also claimed that because he supposedly stabbed his sisters, Rivera was taken into custody.
At 12:08 p.m., Rivera was booked into jail. On Thursday, according to online arrest reports from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, at the Main Detention Center in West Palm Beach.
For Rivera, no bond has been set yet. First-degree premeditated murder charges in Florida hold a possible death penalty or jail life.
MMAFighting.com says they sent numerous requests to the public info officer of the office for comment, but they went unreturned, and a dispatch officer said that he was unable to provide any information on the case. Rivera’s boss, Ali Abdelaziz, also did not respond, according to the website, to a request for comment.
The UFC put out a statement about the situation with Rivera. A UFC official confirmed that pending an investigation, Rivera’s career will be on hold.
“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,” the UFC said in a statement.
“The accusations are extremely troubling and the organization is currently collecting extra details. The investigation is ongoing and any potential next steps including legal measures or medical attention will be decided upon the completion. Furthermore, UFC has informed Rivera’s leadership that he’ll never be offered about at this time.”