UFC fighter Irwin Rivera arrested after allegedly stabbing sisters

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  • Irwin Rivera has been arrested after allegedly stabbing his sisters.
  • The UFC fighter reportedly fled the scene after the incident but later told police he was compelled by a "higher power".
  • UFC has since released a statement saying they have spoken to the 31-year-old's management who said he had been "exhibiting behaviour consistent with mental health issues". 

Irwin Rivera was arrested on Thursday after allegedly stabbing his sisters.

According to E! News, the UFC fighter was arrested and charged after attempting to murder the two women.

ESPN reports that the women were found alive with multiple stab wounds to the head, face, back, arms and hands. One of the sisters later told police they were sleeping when Irwin came in and started stabbing them repeatedly.

He reportedly fled the scene but was stopped by police and taken into custody with no bond set.  "I killed my sisters," he told police, adding that he was compelled by a "higher power".

The UFC has since released a statement on the incident to MMAFighting.com, saying: "UFC is aware of the recent incident involving Irwin Rivera and subsequently received information from his management that he has been exhibiting behaviour consistent with mental health issues.

"The allegations are extremely troubling and the organisation 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."  

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