UFC Fighter Luis Pena Arrested for Robbery and Battery

UFC Lightweight and The Ultimate Fighter 28 contestant Luis Pena has been arrested on Friday, June 19th, on accounts of battery and robbery.

Pena was arrested last Friday in Coral Springs, Florida on charges of robbery by sudden snatching, battery and criminal mischief, per a spokesperson for the Coral Springs Police Department. The fighter remains in Broward County Detention Center, awaiting transport to Palm Beach County. He cannot be bonded out until transport.

Pena was arrested last Friday in Coral Springs, Florida on charges of robbery by sudden snatching, battery and criminal mischief, per a spokesperson for the Coral Springs Police Department. The fighter remains in Broward County Detention Center, awaiting transport to Palm Beach County. He cannot be bonded out until transport.

On June 15, officers returned to the woman’s home for a follow-up interview, according to the affidavit. The woman said Pena punched her on the top of her head while she was asking him to leave the home and she had a lump there. However, the woman refused to let police see the alleged injury. When asked about Pena having access to firearms, she said a few weeks prior Pena brandished a gun while talking to her via FaceTime and threatened to kill himself. Per the affidavit, the woman was upset that Pena had not been arrested yet, abruptly ended the interview and slammed her door shut.

Pena’s lawyer, Daniel Martinez, stated to ESPN’s Marc Raimondi, that Pena “under no circumstances committed a robbery” and the entire situation is “much ado about nothing. Luis, as many other fighters do, need help and not punishment,” Martinez said. “Fighters have a very difficult job. They get hit in the head. We don’t know what the long-term effects are.”

Pena has been dealing with numerous mental health and substance abuse issues in recent months. UFC executive Vice President Hunter Campbell made a statement that the UFC has been aware of these issues, and that Pena will not be booked to fight until his legal issues have been sorted out.

Hopefully, this situation can be sorted out with the safety of Pena’s girlfriend and himself held in the utmost regard.

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