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UFC releases lightweight fighter Luis Pena after ‘disturbing allegations’ of domestic violence

UFC lightweight fighter Luis Pena is no longer on the company roster.

Pena, 28, was arrested on Oct. 9 in Deerfield Beach, Florida on charges of domestic violence and simple battery, both misdemeanours. He is being held at the Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale.

According to the police report, Pena, who stands 6-3, struck his girlfriend and a female friend who tried to intervene with a closed fist.

The UFC released a statement detailing the release of Pena.

UFC is aware of the disturbing allegations concerning the recent arrest of Luis Pena. Mr. Pena has been open about his struggles with mental health and substance abuse issues and the organization has on multiple prior occasions attempted to help him get professional treatment. At this time, UFC believes Mr. Pena needs to deal with the health and legal issues in front of himi, and consequesntly has informed Mr. Pena’s management that his promotional agreement has been terminated.

“This was a bad case and we knew that he had problems before that we were trying to help him with,” White told reporters at the Dana White’s Contender Series post-fight news conference. “This is a pretty nasty one. I don’t know if you guys read the police report, but yeah, this one had to happen.”

The release of Pena who compiled a 4-3-0 record after graduating from The Ultimate Fighter in 2018, comes after the recent reports of similar domestic violence situations of Chuck Liddell and Jon Jones.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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