In South Florida, UFC fighter Irwin Rivera has been charged with attempted murder after he confessed to police that he stabbed his two sisters in an almost deadly attack that he blamed on a “higher power.”
In an arrest affidavit, police wrote that the suspect told the officers that he went into a guest room where his sisters were sleeping Thursday morning and “began stabbing them” with a brass knuckle knife.
According to documents, he told officers, “I KILLED MY SISTERS,” shortly after being arrested.
Even though the victims survived the brutal assault, one of the sisters had two collapsed lungs while the other sustained multiple stab wounds to her face, back, arms, and hands.
Police say that it is still unclear what led to the incident, but Rivera said he “killed” the women because “it was his purpose” after being told to do so by a “higher power.” UFC officials say that the 31-year-old athlete suffered from mental health issues, which may have played a role.
The group said in a statement to MMAFighting.com, “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.” They said, “The allegations are extremely troubling, and the organization is currently gathering additional information.”
According to the MMA website, the mixed martial arts bantamweight and former Titan FC champion last fought in October, when he lost to Andre Ewell at UFC Vegas 11.
The attack happened on Thursday at Rivera’s home in Boyton Beach, only 14 miles south of West Palm Beach.
While en route to the scene, police say they found Rivera’s 22-year-old sister laying on the roadway “covered in blood.” The woman told police that Rivera had attacked her and that her sister was still in the house.
Shortly after, the 33-year-old sister was found with multiple stab wounds to her body. She told police that she and her younger sister were visiting their brother when they woke up to him, stabbing them repeatedly.
Officers also spoke to Rivera’s neighbors, one of whom described waking up by a loud banging at their front door and finding a woman covered in blood and begging for help.
The affidavit said that one of the victims told the neighbor, “HES TRYING TO KILL ME, PLEASE HELP MY SISTER.”
Police say that the neighbor was calling 911 when Rivera walked by the house and told them to shut the door and that everything would be OK. He then started running and tried to flee the crime scene before being arrested a short time later.
Rivera was charged with two counts of attempted murder and is being held without bond at the Palm Beach County Jail.