Irish boxer Conor McGregor arrest fiasco

09 April, 2018, 01:35 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Dana White said Conor McGregor's rampage Thursday at Barclays Center was the worst thing to ever happen to UFC

Irish Mixed Martial Arts superstar Conor McGregor was taken to court in NY in handcuffs on Friday, charged with assault and criminal mischief over an extraordinary attack on a bus carrying rival fighters that injured two athletes.

UFC fighter Conor McGregor was released from police custody on Friday after being arraigned on charges from Thursday's bus attack.

McGregor and co-defendant Cian Cowley are due back in court June 14.

During a press conference Friday, White said fighters forced off the card due to the incident, in which McGregor and a group of men were caught on video attacking and damaging a bus carrying several fighters on Saturday's card, would still receive their show money. At one point, video from inside the bus shows a hand truck smashing through the bus windows, cutting UFC fighter Mike Chiesa's face. "No, you don't get my help on this one".

"UFC is working very closely with the New York Athletic Commission, Barclays Centre security and law enforcement authorities".

Before Thursday's incident, he was stripped of his UFC lightweight title for being inactive, with the victor of Nurmagomedov-Holloway taking the belt.

Conor McGregor has defended his actions in Friday's melee at the UFC 223 media day, to the promotion's president Dana White.

UFC pulled three fights from its Saturday's pay-per-view lineup, directly connected to an incident Thursday involving Conor McGregor.

Chiesa's coach, Rick Little, describes the rampage saying he felt as if "they got jumped". Flyweight Ray Borg suffered multiple cornea abrasions in the wake of the McGregor attack and his fight against Brandon Moreno was also scratched.

"Obviously the big question everybody's been asking me, 'are you firing Conor McGregor?'".

Footage purportedly showing McGregor throwing objects at the vehicle appeared on social media and the NYPD later confirmed he turned himself in for questioning. "You's'll strip me of nothing", he tweeted, invoking an expletive. He's awesome. Conor McGregor is a f***ing unicorn.

The Mayweather bout last August was his last professional fight and McGregor and his girlfriend also had a son a year ago. McGregor was instructed by the judge to stay away from both fighters.

He previously told Reuters he made an eye-watering US$140 million from last August's boxing match with Floyd Mayweather but has not fought in the Octagon since the win over Alvarez.

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