Conor McGregor hasn’t fought a day in the UFC since 2016, but did you think that’d stop him from stealing the show at media day for UFC 223? Hell to the no. Conor does as Conor wants. And yesterday, Conor allegedly wanted to throw a dolly through a bus window, injure multiple fighters, and get himself charged with assault and criminal mischief.
The 29-year-old handed himself in to police in Brooklyn after video footage emerged of him hurling a hand truck at a bus full of fighters on Thursday at the Barclay’s Center. On the bus was McGregor’s long-time lightweight rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was scheduled to fight Max Holloway this weekend for the lightweight title, which was formerly held by the Irishman.
Apparently, McGregor had sour grapes over the UFC’s decision to strip him of his crown on Wednesday.
You’s’ll strip me of nothing you’s do nothing cunts.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 5, 2018
As a result of the confrontation, multiple fighters on the bus were injured. Michael Chiesa sustained facial lacerations, causing him to exit a main card bout with Anthony Pettis, and Ray Borg suffered a corneal abrasion, forcing him to withdraw from his scheduled fight with Brandon Moreno. Meanwhile, McGregor’s SBG Ireland teammate, Artem Lobov, was pulled from his fight against Alex Caceres due to his alleged involvement in the incident.
McGregor was seen being escorted out of a New York Police station in handcuffs on Friday. Police confirmed he has been charged and will be awaiting a court appearance.
Conor McGregor walks out of a NYC police station in handcuffs after being charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of felony criminal mischief. pic.twitter.com/EkPRogWjht
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 6, 2018
In case you’re curious, here’s his mugshot.
— Ryan S (@RyanStockton17) April 6, 2018
UFC president Dana White said Friday he spoke to McGregor via text, and that the Notorious One said the incident was something that “had to be done.”
“It was probably the worst conversation we ever had,” White told Fox’s First Things First. “We talked yesterday before he turned himself in.
“It’s not that I don’t think he understood what happened. He justified it. It was justified to him.”
In another interview, White said McGregor can forget about any kind of figurative bailout from him.
“Normally, yes – I would dive right in and do everything in my power to help one of my guys,” White told ESPN’s Get Up morning news show. “But not in this situation. He came into the Barclays Center, attacked our fighters, and attacked my staff with a bunch of guys – no. You don’t get my help on this one.”
White added that McGregor now faces an unknown future with the UFC, and that prior to Thursday’s confrontation, the promotion was working on a new contract for him. Of course, the Irishman is the UFC’s most bankable star, well, ever, so we’ll see just how dire the consequences are for him.
But handcuffs are certainly a bad, bad, not good look. As is letting your temper get the best of you. While McGregor likes to carry himself like an untouchable river of hot lava, as that old saying goes, no one is above the law. Not even you, Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb.