UPDATE: Conor McGregor is now in police custody. The UFC champion surrendered to police late Thursday night and is now set to face three assault chargers, along with criminal mischief. He is due in court later Friday.
From Yahoo! Sports:
Conor McGregor was in police custody in New York Thursday evening after assaulting a bus at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn earlier in the day that led to several people being injured and three UFC 223 bouts canceled.
Representatives from the New York Police Department confirmed that McGregor is being detained as part of an ongoing investigation, although no formal charges have been filed against him yet.
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 6, 2018
UFC fighter Conor McGregor is in trouble with the law after a tirade at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. McGregor went wild and began throwing objects at the fighter bus which resulted in the injury of a fellow UFC fighter. As a result, a warrant is out for his arrest.
The fighter who was injured in the tantrum was lightweight Michael Chiesa.
Chiesa was reportedly left bloodied after McGregor attacked the bus along with his entourage. The group through objects at the fighter bus which flew through the window. The assault came following UFC 223 media day.
From TMZ Sports:
TMZ Sports now has video showing Conor picking up a dolly and smashing the side window of the bus.
We spoke with Dana White who tells us … Michael Chiesa was “cut to pieces” in the attack and is currently hospitalized for his injuries. It’s unclear if he will fight as planned at UFC 223.
White also says Rose Namajunas was also on the bus and was very shaken up in the incident — she almost broke her hand.
We asked if Dana will fire Conor as a result of the incident and he told us, “This is bigger than us firing him.”
Dana White has reportedly told close confidants that McGregor will never be associated with the UFC again.
Here is video from inside of the bus:
— Justin Golightly (@SecretMovesMMA) April 5, 2018
Dana White has since commented on the situation.
Conor McGregor is an Irish UFC fighter who has competed in the featherweight and lightweight divisions, where he because the only fighter in UFC history to hold both titles simultaneously. McGregor’s last fight was a crossover fight with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, which drew 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in North America, the second most in history.
Conor McGregor entered the UFC with a 13-2 record and debuted against Marcus Brimage at UFC on Fuel: Mousasi vs. Latifi. He secured a first-round TKO victory in just over a minute. McGregor then went on to defeat Diego Brandao, Dustin Poirier, Dennis Siver, Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo via (T)KO. He then suffered a submission loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 after moving up to the welterweight division, before redeeming himself with a majority decision win in one of the best fights in UFC history. In his most recent outing at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York, he defeated Eddie Alvarez via TKO to claim the UFC lightweight championship in a Performance of the Night effort.
UFC 223 Fight Card
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10:00 p.m. ET)
- Max Holloway vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov – for lightweight title
- Champ Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk – for women’s strawweight title
- Calvin Kattar vs. Renato Moicano
- Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis
- Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8:00 p.m. ET)
- Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
- Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno
- Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Joe Lauzon
- Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Evan Dunham
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET)
- Alex Caceres vs. Artem Lobov
- Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Bec Rawlings
- Devin Clark vs. Michael Rodriguez
- Kyle Bochniak vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov