Luis Pena released by the UFC after domestic violence arrest

Luis Pena is no longer a member of the UFC roster after his latest arrest.

Late Tuesday night news hit the MMA circuit that the UFC released Luis Pena following his domestic violence arrest on Saturday.

Marc Raimondi of ESPN was the first to report the news. UFC president, Dana White confirmed the news during his post-fight interview following Dana White Contender Series. He called the issue a “nasty” case during the post-event press conference.

“Well, this was a bad case. We knew that he had problems before,” White said when asked on Tuesday. “We were trying to help him with and this is a pretty nasty one. I don’t know if you guys read the police report, but this one had to happen.”

On Saturday, Pena was arrested on two battery charges. He allegedly hit his girlfriend and another woman, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. Both charges are misdemeanors and he was held on a $6,000 bond. Pena plead not guilty to the charges and has a court date set for Oct. 28.

According to ESPN, deputies responded to the domestic disturbance at approximately 12:34 a.m.

Pena has prior run-ins with law enforcement

This was not Pena’s first run-in with the law.

In June of this year, he was arrested on charges of battery, criminal mischief, and sudden snatching in Coral Springs, FL. This also occurred after a fight with his girlfriend at the time. The sudden snatching charges were dropped, but he’s still facing the consequences of the battery and criminal mischief. Pena’s girlfriend requested the June charges to be dropped via an affidavit that was submitted on August 30.

Pena was last seen in the Octagon on April 17 where he defeated Alexander Munoz via a split decision. He put together a 9-3 professional career that includes seven appearances in the Octagon after a stint on The Ultimate Fighter in 2018.

Published at Wed, 13 Oct 2021 16:08:13 +0000

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