It appears the next fight for UFC lightweight Luis Pena may be in a court of law.
“Violent Bob Ross” was arrested Friday by police in Coral Springs, Fla., on felony charges alleging robbery by sudden snatching, battery and criminal mischief, according to online records. Pena (9-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) was in custody at the Broward County (Fla.) Detention Center as Saturday afternoon.
“It was actually called in by another police department for us to go and get him, and then we had an independent person tell us where he was, and they took him into custody under that warrant,” Coral Springs police public information officer told MMA Fighting, which initially reported Pena’s arrest. “… Probably whoever called it in anonymously is involved in that case and wanted him to go to jail.”
No further details on Pena’s arrest were available at the time of publication.
Pena, 27, does not currently have a fight scheduled. He has not competed since an April victory over Alexander Munoz. Wednesday, the popular fighter sent out a tweet that indicated recent struggles with mental health issues.
“People aren’t comfortable talking about this, but I have been going through serious mental health issues my entire life and have finally gained the strength to get and accept the help I’ve needed for a long time,” Pena posted on Twitter. “If you’re struggling take it from me (it’s) okay to reach out”
People aren’t comfortable talking about this, but I have been going through serious mental health issues my entire life and have finally gained the strength to get and accept the help I’ve needed for a long time. If you’re struggling take it from me its okay to reach out
— Luis Antonio Pena (@violentbobross) June 16, 2021
Neither the UFC nor Pena’s team has issued a statement about his arrest.