Sister, manager of jailed UFC fighter Irwin Rivera speaks out after stabbing

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One of the sisters stabbed by UFC fighter Irwin Rivera said on Friday her brother had not acted like him in the days leading up to Thursday’s incident.
Rivera’s sisters Lezlye and Kelly remain hospitalized but in stable condition, the fighter’s manager Ali Abdelaziz told ESPN.

Earlier on Friday, in a Facebook post, Lezlye wrote that Rivera was not sleeping, speaking as he normally would and had completely lost interest in MMA training which “lives on for him.” Lezlye said she traveled to Rivera, Florida because of her bizarre behavior.

“Unfortunately his mental stage was worse than we could [have] imagined and before we could help him it broke completely, ”Lezlye wrote.

“His mentality has been completely corrupted into something unrecognizable. ”

According to an incident report from the Boynton Beach Police Department obtained by ESPN, Rivera, who was arrested Thursday, admitted to attempting to kill his two sisters by stabbing them with a knife early in the morning. Rivera said, according to the report, that killing his sisters was his goal, which was told to him by “a higher power”.

Rivera made his first court appearance on Friday morning and is now being held at a behavioral health facility after the court granted an emergency petition, according to online records. He was charged with two counts of attempted murder and is being held without bail.

Abdelaziz said Rivera was “very respectful” and a favorite of his Dominance MMA management team. He called Rivera’s actions unusual, and like Rivera’s sisters, he wants the fighter to receive mental health assistance.

“His sisters are 100% behind him,” Abdelaziz told ESPN. “They said, ‘My brother is a good and beautiful human being and needs help.’ They said it wasn’t really him. ”

In the Facebook post, Lezlye wrote that she and her family “wish [Rivera] to get the professional mental help he desperately needs. ”

Rivera’s mother, Susana Campos, told Mexican publication Milenio that her son “had lost his memory and something perverted had invaded him a few days ago. His mind was blocked. He was not himself ”.

Rivera, a 31-year-old Mexican resident of Florida, made his UFC debut last May and earned a brace in 2020. He is a former Titan FC bantamweight champion.

In a statement Thursday, the UFC said it was investigating the “extremely troubling” situation and would not offer Rivera a fight at this time.

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