A sister who was stabbed by UFC fighter Irwin Rivera said her brother on Friday did not behave like him in the days before Thursday’s incident.
The fighter’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, told ESPN that Rivera’s sisters Lezlye and Kelly were still hospitalized but in stable conditions.
Earlier Friday, Lezlye wrote in a Facebook post that Rivera did not sleep and did not completely lose interest in MMA training as usual. This is his life. Lazley said that because of his unusual behavior, she flew to Florida Rivera.
“Unfortunately, his mental state is poor, so we can [have] Imagine that he was completely bankrupt before we could not help him. “Lizley wrote.
“His mentality has completely reduced to something unrecognizable.”
According to an incident report from the Boynton Beach Police Department obtained by ESPN, Rivera, who was arrested on Thursday, admitted that he tried to stab their two sisters with a knife in the early morning. The report said Rivera said it was his purpose to kill his sister and told him with “higher power.”
Online records show that Rivera appeared in court for the first time on Friday morning and is now being held in a behavioral health facility after the court approved the emergency action. He was charged with two counts of attempted murder and was detained without restraint.
Abdelaziz said Rivera is very “respectful” and is the favorite of his superior MMA management team. He said Rivera’s actions were different, and, like Rivera’s sisters, he hoped the fighter would receive mental health assistance.
“His sisters support him 100%.” Abdulaziz told ESPN. “They said,’My brother is a good man, he is beautiful and needs help.’ They said it was not him.”
Lezlye wrote in a Facebook post that she and her family “hope to [Rivera] Get the professionalism help he badly needs. “
Rivera’s mother, Susana Campos, told the Mexican publication Milenio that her son “lost his memory, and an evil thing took over him a few days ago. His mind was blocked. He was blocked. Not him.”
Rivera is a Mexican, 31 years old and lives in Florida. He made his UFC debut in May last year and will win 1-2 in 2020. He is the former Titan FC Bantamweight Champion.
UFC said in a statement on Thursday that it is investigating an “extremely disturbing” situation and will not launch a fight against Rivera at this time.