[UPDATE] April 7, 2018 5.15 a.m. EST: Conor McGregor could face multiple years in prison, following a violent altercation at the UFC 223 Press Day. The fighter was brought in front of a New York judge on Friday, where he was charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief.
Each assault charge could bring one year of jail time. McGregor has since been released on a $50,000 bail and will return to court June 14. Read the original story below.
Conor McGregor has been arrested in New York following a violent altercation at the UFC 223 Press Day, according to The Washington Post. In videos of the incident, McGregor was seen to attack a bus carrying UFC fighters, throwing a metal sack barrow and a guardrail toward the vehicle’s window.
Two UFC fighters on the bus were injured, Michael Chiesa, who received cuts to his face and body, and Ray Borg, who reportedly had glass fragments in his eye. Both athletes had scheduled fights which have now been canceled.
A warrant was issued for McGregor’s arrest before the fighter turned himself into the NYPD Thursday night. McGregor has been charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief.
The fighter appeared in front of a judge yesterday, Friday, April 6.
He is due to see a judge today, Friday, April 6.
The UFC President Dana White released a statement about the event. “What happened today was criminal, disgusting and makes me sick,” he said. “He’s going to be sued beyond belief and this is a very bad career move for him.”
While McGregor’s motivations are unclear, it’s widely speculated that the attack was aimed at his archenemy Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was on the bus at the time. McGregor had apparently taken issue with Nurmagomedov after he was filmed arguing with McGregor’s training partner Artem Lobov.
Nurmagomedov seemed unfazed by the attack, telling a reporter at MMA Fighting, “I am laughing inside.” The fighter continued, “You broke the window? Why? Come inside. You know the UFC don’t let you come inside. If you’re a real gangster why don’t you come inside?”
Watch videos of the attack below, and let us know what you think in the comment section.
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