The Notorious Conor McGregor is facing three counts of assault and one of criminal mischief following a Barclay’s Center melee in which the fighter hurled a metal dolley through the window of a team bus occupied by Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Cian Cowley, a fighter who trains with McGregor in Dublin, Ireland, also was charged with one count of assault and one count of criminal mischief.
McGregor will be arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court Friday after turning himself in late Thursday night to police custody at the 78th precinct.
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Three fights scheduled for UFC 223 on Saturday were cancelled due to the incident.
Michael Chiesa who was scheduled to fight Anthony Pettis, was cut in the face and deemed unfit to fight by the New York State Athletic Commission and the UFC medical team. Ray Borg who was scheduled to battle Brandon Moreno, also was deemed unfit to fight after suffering corneal abrasions. Artem Lobov, a McGregor teammate and friend who was part of the incident was pulled from the card as well.
Max Halloway, who was scheduled to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight belt, was declared medically unfit to fight by the athletic commission before Friday’s weigh-in. According to MMA Junkie, Anthony Pettis — who had been scheduled to fight Chiesa — has been called upon to fight Nurmagomedov, although reports indicated other fighters might still be chosen.
Here is video of the incident:
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UFC president Dana White appeared on FS1 and ESPN on Friday morning, discussing heis text messages with McGregor before he turned himself in to police.
“He was apologetic about the people he wasn’t trying to hurt,” White said on ESPN, “but he felt like the Khabib thing had to be done.”
According to Newsday, Lobov was shown on video two days ago in a verbal altercation with Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was scheduled to fight in Saturday’s main event against Max Holloway for the lightweight title. It is believed McGregor’s antics Thursday were in response to that, and not news of him being stripped of his lightweight title after Nurmagomedov and Holloway fight.
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