Conor McGregor's off-ticket fight leads to arrest, shakes up UFC 223

09 April, 2018, 01:21 | Author: Elena Meyer
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Conor McGregor was charged with three counts of misdemeanour assault and one count of criminal mischief after he stormed into Brooklyn's Barclays Center arena on Thursday afternoon and attacked a bus full of fighters who were set to compete at UFC 223 on Saturday evening.

The victor of today's UFC 223 main event at Barclays Centre was set to take the belt, but that bout was scratched when one contender failed to make weigh-in, and three preliminary fights were cancelled over the fall-out from McGregor's rampage during the media day. Windows are put through on a bus containing fighters, including Khabib Nurmagomedov, with McGregor and teammate Cian Cowley arrested on assault charges and criminal mischief. Instead, he was ordered to return for another hearing on June 14.

White said the 29-year-old McGregor said he was sorry about the fighters who were injured, but, "this had to be done". "The first thing when the throws the dolly through the window, Mike Chiesa, one of the fighters was sitting there", White said.

White also said that the attack "was the last stunt on Earth we would ever pull".

"Normally, yes, I would dive right in and do everything in my power to help one of my guys".

The UFC was holding a #Media Event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for the upcoming UFC 223. You got to talk to Showtime, CBS.

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The UFC has been forced to cancel several fights at a planned event on Saturday night in the wake of the incident.

Before McGregor turned himself in, Lt. Tarik Sheppard told the Times that "If we see him at the airport, we will stop him".

Chiesa's coach, Rick Little, describes the rampage saying he felt as if "they got jumped". Michael Chiesa, the fighter shown in the video above, lost valuable time to cut weight as a result of the injuries he sustained in the fracas. Flyweight Ray Borg was deemed unfit to fight due to multiple corneal abrasions.

So, what does the future hold for McGregor? "It's not that I don't think he understood what happened".

McGregor claimed the title in November 2016 with a knockout victory over Eddie Alvarez. McGregor responded on Twitter not long after with a profane tweet that said, in part, you will "strip me of nothing".

He previously told Reuters he made an eye-watering $US140 million ($A196 million) from last August's boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.

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