Battery Charges Against Former UFC Lightweight Luis Pena Dismissed

Pena speaks out after the battery charges are dropped.

Luis Pena Ufc
Luis Pena Ufc

A former UFC lightweight can breathe easy knowing that battery charges against him have been dismissed.

Pena was arrested back in the fall of 2021 stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident. Pena was accused of striking someone he had been in a relationship with and a person who was trying to break the fight up. Luis Pena ended up being released by the UFC shortly after his arrest.

Luis Pena Battery Charges Dropped

On July 7, 2023, Broward Judge Catalina Avalos ordered the two misdemeanor battery charges to be dismissed. Pena took to his Instagram account to issue a statement on his charges being dismissed.

“Best birthday present I ever got,” Pena said. “July 5th 2023, 2 years later the charges don’t get nolle pros they’re completely dismissed. It’s unfortunate I lost so much over this injustice but it is what it is at this point, but it feels good to finally get some justice. This is for all the people in my inbox and comments.”

Pena’s Fighting Career Post-UFC

Pena pleaded not guilty to the charges last year. Now that he is free from this legal case, Pena can continue to focus on fighting, and it hasn’t been smooth sailing for him in 2023. Pena has lost his last three combat sports outings, per Tapology. Pena’s last bout was a boxing match against James Rodriguez back in April. He lost that fight via majority decision.

Since being released by the UFC, Pena has gone 4-6 in combat sports. This includes boxing and kickboxing matches. Pena hasn’t won a pro MMA bout since June 2022 when he defeated Gustavo Wurlitzer at Titan FC 77. Regardless of which promotion Pena fights for next, his main goal will be to get back on the winning track and possibly return to relevancy.

Published on July 7, 2023 at 3:21 pm
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