Conor McGregor Turns Himself In To NYPD Following Bus Fiasco

McGregor Is Facing Multiple Charges, Including Assault

UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor may not be fighting in the octagon Saturday night on UFC 223, but he is in New York City and instead of being locked in a cage, he may be locked up in jail.

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McGregor arrived at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY for UFC 223 and that’s when chaos took place.

According to multiple reports, McGregor and several of his teammates and coaches ran into the venue, throwing chairs, garbage cans and bike racks at a bus with fighters on it.  The videos, one from inside the bus and one from outside the bus, can be seen below via TMZSports’ YouTube Page.

Lightweight Michael Chiesa was scheduled to fight former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis Saturday night, was cut by the glass from the window that was shattered on the bus.  Now, Chiesa’s fight with Pettis has been cancelled.  Chiesa spoke about being pulled from the fight on his twitter.

The flyweight bout between Ray Borg and Brandon Moreno is also cancelled due to Borg getting glass in his eye.

McGregor’s actions take place after a heated confrontation between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Artem Lobov, a longtime training partner of McGregor.  Lobov was scheduled to fight Saturday night, but has since been pulled after it was reported he was apart of the crew who stormed the arena with McGregor.

Due to McGregor’s actions, three fights have been scraped for UFC 223.  It is unclear if the opponents of those who were pulled from the card will receive new opponents.  It is unlikely, with weigh-ins taking place Friday morning.

It’s unknown who McGregor was arguing with, but Nurmagomedov is fighting for McGregor’s title which he is expected to be stripped of at UFC 223 and was reportedly on the bus.  Nurmagomedov is fighting featherweight champion Max Halloway for the lightweight title which McGregor currently hold, but hasn’t defended the belt since winning it at UFC 205 in November 206.

McGregor turned himself into police Saturday evening and is expected to be charged.  The news of his arrest was first broke by NBC Sports.

UFC President Dana White sat down with ESPN and called McGregor’s action’s “the most disgusting thing that has ever happened in the history of our company”.  The interview can be see below via ESPN’s YouTube page.

 

 

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Greg LaFountain is from a small town in upstate New York called Peru. After graduating high school, Greg enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving his country for four years. After the Marines, Greg went to Pensacola State College where he got his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He then moved to Tampa and enrolled at the University of South Florida where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications. Since graduating from USF, Greg interned with Bucs Blitz, covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Greg joined Genesis in the fall of 2016, covering Florida State Football, the NFL and the UFC.