UFC fighter stabs sisters, says higher power told him too


An MMA fighter was arrested on attempted murder charges after Boynton Beach police say he stabbed both of his visiting sisters multiple times Thursday.

Irwin Rivera, 31, is charged with two counts of attempted murder and is being held without bond until his he sees a judge Friday morning for his first appearance in court.

At about 3 a.m. Thursday, Boynton Beach police were called to the 500 block of Southeast 20th Avenue, off Federal Highway south of Woolbright Road. They found a 22-year-old woman near the road covered in blood.

She told them her brother, Rivera, had stabbed her and her sister inside the residence. Officers found the 33-year-old sister also covered in blood.

Both sisters were taken to Delray Beach Medical Center to treat several stab wounds on their heads, backs, arms, faces and hands. Police say the younger sister had two collapsed lungs.

The 33-year-old sister told police they were visiting their brother and sleeping in his spare bedroom with they awoke to him stabbing them. The older sister said she eventually was able to fight him off and push him out of the room as her other sister fled.

A neighbor told police they woke up to the sound of banging on their door and a woman screaming, “He’s trying to kill me! Please help my sister!”

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The neighbor opened the door and saw the bloodied woman and then Rivera. The 31-year-old mixed martial arts fighter reportedly told the neighbor to shut their door and that everything was OK.

Witnesses then saw Rivera on his phone, then running down Federal Highway.

About four hours later, Delray Beach police came in contact with Rivera and he told them he killed his sisters. Once taken to Boynton Beach for police to interview him and get him out of his bloodied clothes, officers say he told them he stabbed his sisters with a brass-knuckles knife.

“(Rivera) believed he killed both of his sisters and said that he did so because it was his purpose, which he was told to by a higher power,” the report said.

It’s unclear from the report or any past records if Rivera has sought treatment for mental health.

In a statement provided to MMA Fighting, the Ultimate Fighting Championship said it was aware of the situation and that Rivera’s management to said he had been “exhibiting behavior consistent with mental health issues.”

“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.”

According to the website MMA Junkie, Rivera made his UFC debut last year and went 1-2. His most recent fight in September was a split decision to Andre Ewell at UFC Fight Night 178.

This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: Boynton Beach police: MMA fighter stabbed sisters, said higher power told him to do it

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