While Conor McGregor wasn’t set to compete on Saturday night’s UFC 223, the lightweight champion became the star of the show on Thursday after a violent incident outside a pre-fight media event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
According to BBC Sport’s Matt Davis, he is facing four counts of criminal charges from the New York Police Department: three counts of assault and one of criminal mischief.
Per NYPD: Conor McGregor has been charged with:
1 felony count of criminal mischief
3 misdemeanor counts of assault.
He will be arraigned Friday at Brooklyn Criminal Court some time in the morning.
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Longtime McGregor teammate and training partner Artem Lobov, who was set to compete on the UFC 223 undercard, told RT.com in February that it was possible the Irishman would be in his corner.
According to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, things took a turn after video surfaced of a dust-up between Lobov and a group led by the event’s headliner, Khabib Nurmagomedov. That reportedly led to McGregor crashing the UFC 223 media day with Nurmagomedov in attendance.
McGregor and his crew were eventually spotted in the parking area, where Nurmagomedov and his manager were about to depart on a bus alongside several other fighters and members of the UFC staff. Words were exchanged, which was followed by McGregor hurling a hand truck through one of the bus’ windows. Another object was thrown by someone else in the melee and cracked the windshield.
The fracas ultimately resulted in the cancellation of three UFC 223 fights. Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa both suffered injuries due to the broken glass, while Lobov was pulled due to his involvement. McGregor surrendered to police a few hours later. According to SiriusXM’s Michael Stets, his arraignment will take place at Brooklyn Criminal Court.
It had earlier been speculated McGregor was upset about Dana White’s announcement earlier in the day that will be stripped of his lightweight title, but it appears that was not the case.
It is unclear as of this writing what punishments McGregor could face from the state of New York, the New York Athletic Commission or the UFC.