While UFC 223 is the company’s biggest priority this week, its star Conor McGregor made bigger headlines… after storming the event’s media day and causing all types of ruckus.
While going after Khabib Nurmagomedov — who had a run-in with one of McGregor’s teammates prior — Conor damaged a bus and injured two other fighters in the process.
Following the incident, NYPD issued a warrant for his arrest, and he ultimately turned himself in on a number of charges, including three counts of assault and one count of felony criminal mischief.
As seen in video, published by TMZ, McGregor is shown lifting a dolly and throwing it into one of the bus’ windows… which immediately shattered.
“They stormed the building, got down to the loading docks where the fighters were getting on buses and started to attack the buses with trash cans, dollies,” UFC Dana White said in statement. “… This is the most disgusting thing that has ever happened in the history of this company.”
McGregor was released on $50,000 bail following a court hearing, but now, he has to face the music.
In addition to his UFC future being in jeopardy, he also faces some serious jail time. If the charges stick, assault charges hold a maximum jail sentence of one year, alongside the felony charge, all combining for a maximum of seven years.
McGregor could also be responsible for damages incurred during the attack. Of course, there’s the bus, the fighters’ injuries, and the cancellation of several fights on the UFC 223 card… which all could add up to millions of dollars.
UFC fighter Michael Chiesa, who had been scheduled to fight Anthony Pettis, was hospitalized and treated for “lots of small cuts.” He was deemed unfit to fight by the New York State Athletic Commission and the UFC medical team, resulting in him being removed from the bout.
Flyweight Ray Borg experienced problems with his eye from particles of glass, and was also deemed unfit for his scheduled fight with Brandon Moreno, said the UFC.
The featherweight bout between Artem Lobov and Alex Caceres, due to Lobov’s involvement in the incident, was also cancelled.
All this comes as fans were anticipated his long-awaited return to the Octagon. McGregor (21-3) last fought in November 2016 in the UFC, though we saw him fight in a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather in August for the biggest payday of his career.
Prior to incident this week, White had said McGregor would “100 percent” return to UFC in 2018.