Conor McGregor has been arrested in New York following a violent altercation at the UFC 223 Press Day, according to The Washington Post. In videos of the incident, McGregor was seen to attack a bus carrying UFC fighters, throwing a metal sack barrow and a guardrail toward the vehicle’s window.
Two UFC fighters on the bus were injured, Michael Chiesa, who received cuts to his face and body, and Ray Borg, who reportedly had glass fragments in his eye. Both athletes had scheduled fights which have now been canceled.
A warrant was issued for McGregor’s arrest before the fighter turned himself into the NYPD Thursday night. McGregor has been charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief. He is due to see a judge today, Friday, April 6.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 5, 2018
The UFC President Dana White released a statement about the event. “What happened today was criminal, disgusting and makes me sick,” he said. “He’s going to be sued beyond belief and this is a very bad career move for him.”
While McGregor’s motivations are unclear, it’s widely speculated that the attack was aimed at Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was on the bus at the time. McGregor and Nurmagomedov were scheduled to fight this Saturday, but earlier this week Nurmagomedov was filmed arguing with McGregor’s training partner Artem Lobov.
Nurmagomedov seemed unfazed by the attack, telling a reporter at MMA Fighting, “I am laughing inside.” The fighter continued, “You broke the window? Why? Come inside. You know the UFC don’t let you come inside. If you’re a real gangster why don’t you come inside?”
Watch videos of the attack below, and let us know what you think in the comment section.
Wild video from Felice Herrig's Instagram of Conor McGregor and company wrecking things behind the scenes. pic.twitter.com/tFqZ16JBqy
— Michael Hutchinson (@TheMikeyHutch) April 5, 2018
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