A UFC Lightweight known more for his Bob Ross-like hairstyle than his prowess in the Octagon is now poised for the fight of his life in court. The 28-year-old fighter was arrested on Saturday following an incident involving his live-in girlfriend, who accused Pena of punching her during an argument.
TMZ Sports initially reported the arrest. UFC management has already contacted Pena’s management team to inform him of the termination of Pena’s contract. UFC released a statement to TMZ acknowledging these allegations.
“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,” UFC revealed to TMZ Sports in a statement.
They continued … “At this time, UFC believes Mr. Pena needs to deal with the health and legal issues in front of him, and consequently has informed Mr. Pena’s management that his promotional agreement has been terminated.”
Audio of a 911 call obtained by TMZ shows that Pena’s partner was clearly distressed. “”I really need the cops to come and get him out now,” she told the dispatcher. “I have scratches and bruises all over me from him, I need him gone. I’m done, and I need help, please.”
This isn’t the first go-around for UFC with regards to domestic violence. Even major stars of the MMA giant have not been immune to such behavior. As previously reported by ThirstyForNews, former champions and UFC legends Chuck Lidell and Jon “Bones” Jones have also faced charges stemming from alleged domestic violence recently.
Pena’s UFC career apparently will end with the fighter’s record at 5-3 in the organization and 9-3 overall as a pro. His career in the Octagon began in 2018. TMZ did not report anything further on any injuries suffered by the victim.
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