UFC fighter Irwin Rivera jailed on charges of attempted murder

UFC bantamweight Irwin Rivera was arrested and jailed on Thursday on two counts of attempted murder.

Online arrest records for the Palm Beach County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office show Rivera was booked into custody at 12:08 p.m. on Thursday at the Main Detention Center in West Palm Beach. No bond has been set for the 31-year-old fighter. Multiple requests for comment to the office’s public information officer went unreturned, and a dispatch officer said he couldn’t provide any information on the case.

Rivera’s manager Ali Abdelaziz did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A UFC official provided a statement to MMA Fighting confirming Rivera’s career is on pause pending an investigation by the promotion.

“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 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.”

According to MMA reporter Eric Kowal, who first reported Rivera’s detainment, the fighter was taken into custody on suspicion of stabbing his sisters. Other details on the accusations against the UFC veteran were scarce.

In Florida, first-degree premeditated murder charges carry a potential death sentence or life in prison.

Online records indicate Rivera lives in Boynton Beach, Fla. He most recently fought in the octagon this past October, when he lost a split decision to Andre Ewell at UFC Vegas 11. A former Titan FC champ, he is 1-2 in three UFC outings.

UPDATE (1/7/2021, 9:56 p.m. ET): MMA Fighting has acquired police report which contains disturbing details of the incident (first reported by ESPN). An earlier version of the story contained information from an online booking record that was, in fact, incorrect. Rivera was charged with attempted murder, not first-degree premeditated murder as noted in the online booking record, per the police report.

According to the report, Rivera’s 22-year-old sister was found “lying adjacent to the roadway covered in blood with multiple wounds throughout her back, head and arm.” She informed officers that she had been stabbed and that her sister was in the house and had also been attacked. Rivera’s 33-year-old sister was then discovered inside the residence “covered in blood with multiple wounds throughout back, face, arms and hands.”

Rivera’s neighbors provided sworn statements that one of the sisters came to their door and that they called the police and positively identified Rivera.

The two sisters were staying at Rivera’s place when he allegedly attacked them in the middle of the night, per the report. Rivera was apprehended by officers from the Daytona Beach Police Department in the early morning after officers canvassed the area. In a sworn taped interview, he later admitted to stabbing both sisters with a brass-knuckle knife, claiming that “he killed both of his sisters and said that he did so because it was his purpose, which he was told by a higher power.”

Rivera was placed under arrest on two counts of attempted murder.


'Won't be offered a bout at this time.' Sayeth the UFC.

You don’t say…?

Hold on brother I'm stabbing

That’s really bad

Hope it isn’t as bad as the report says

It’s probably almost exactly as the report reads. He’s confessed and the overall picture is well corroborated. The only thing up for debate is the final charge and sentence.

It reads like he’s an unmedicated schizophrenic. I’m not sure first degree will stick, if that’s the case, but he’s going to jail for a long, long time and his UFC career is certainly over.

Appears he May have had a psychotic break

But he also may have been drugged beyond recognition. It’ll come out eventually

He has good management for this sort of thing

Lawyers deal with this, not managers

You missed the joke

Ali Abdelazis is scum

No, I knew what was meant. I just find it strange that MMA fans are so hung up on him

Can you stop propagating negative energy

For a minute?! Christ alive, people like you really fucking get to me

Youre looking at an article about a guy trying to kill his sisters.

Its already negative dont you think? If it was about a litter of pups it might be different.

Should the title say...

FLORIDA MAN does something stupid… etc etc

The Title is Appropriate

The allegations are beyond doing something stupid.


this totally sounds like Florida man…. "he killed both of his sisters and said that he did so because it was his purpose, which he was told by a higher power."

The meme is that once you hear Florida Man in the title, you know the rest will be the weirdest shit you have ever heard. In this case it also sounds like the saddest. Very troubled. I grew up in Florida and I am never surprised. That place needs to be flushed off the map.

Loudmouth Ali Abdelaziz wasn't available to comment?

Let Conor tweet about it and he’ll immediately be available

What a tragedy

The story following this on the main page tells of the UFC’s donation to brain study and research on CTE. I still recall the tragedy of the WWE’s Chris Benoit many years ago. Sad. Shocking

Part of me wishes Ali was involved in this and gets 20 to life

Part of me wishes Ali was involved in this and gets 20 to life

Part of me wishes Ali was involved in this and gets 20 to life

Part of me wishes Ali was involved in this and gets 20 to life

We're unsure about the way you feel about this.

But we do know he has 4 dummy accounts with which to rec his own repetitiveness!

Did someone say dummy??

It’s called an unstable net connection. Far from rocket science.

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