The UFC has parted methods with light-weight fighter Luis Pena.
On Saturday, Pena was arrested in Deerfield Beach, Fla., on misdemeanor expenses of home violence and easy battery. He was booked on the Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale.
Disturbing particulars in regards to the incident had been revealed when the total police report grew to become obtainable to the general public. According to the arresting officer’s report, Pena struck his girlfriend and one other lady repeatedly with a closed fist.
After studying the main points about occasions surrounding the arrest, the UFC determined to terminate Pena’s contract. The promotion launched a press release in regards to the state of affairs:
UFC is conscious of the disturbing allegations in regards to the latest arrest of Luis Pena. Mr. Pena has been open about his struggles with psychological well being and substance abuse points and the group has on a number of prior events tried to assist him get skilled remedy. At this time, UFC believes Mr. Pena must cope with the well being and authorized points in entrance of himi, and consequesntly has knowledgeable Mr. Pena’s administration that his promotional settlement has been terminated.
UFC president Dana White addressed the state of affairs on Tuesday night.
“This was a bad case and we knew that he had problems before that we were trying to help him with,” White instructed MMA Junkie and different reporters on the Dana White’s Contender Series 43 post-fight information convention. “This is a pretty nasty one. I don’t know if you guys read the police report, but yeah, this one had to happen.”
Pena is only one of a trio of fighters not too long ago concerned in related conditions.
“Something like that could happen to anybody,” White responded when requested if UFC Hall of Famer Jon Jones, who was additionally not too long ago arrested following an alleged home violence incident in Las Vegas, may see related repercussions. MMA legend Chuck Liddell was additionally not too long ago arrested and jailed for an alleged home violence incident, though he now not has ties with the promotion except for being inducted into its Hall of Fame.
Pena competed underneath the UFC banner seven occasions, profitable 4 of these bouts, after getting into the promotion following The Ultimate Fighter 27 in 2018.