After leading a rampage at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center yesterday, Conor McGregor has now handed himself into the police.
Here’s the latest of what we know so far following the melee:
McGregor has been charged by the NYPD
McGregor has been charged by the NYPD following the incident, which saw him throw a camera dolly through a window of one of the fighter’s buses. After handing himself in at the 78th precinct in Brooklyn, McGregor was charged with three counts of assault, as well as one count of criminal mischief. These reports have since been confirmed by the NYPD.
Here’s a photo of the 78th precinct. McGregor is inside. pic.twitter.com/dKZkNE35ps
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 6, 2018
UFC fighters and executives were injured in the attack
Fighter Michael Chiesa, Ray Borg and UFC Vice President Reed Harris were all taken to hospital with cuts and face injuries from the smashed glass.
During the incident, Ali Abdel-Aziz was heard saying hat he’s going to kill “that guy,” referring to Conor McGregor. Watch footage of the incident from inside the bus below
Yep like we figured Conor Mcgregor would be lookimg for beef after his boy got punked and he got stripped
— The 112 (@_THE112) April 5, 2018
Three fights have had to be cancelled from this weekend’s event
UFC223 will now have a different fight roster after the melee. The Caceres/Lobov, Chiesa/Pettis, Borg/Moreno have all been cancelled after the incident, which will now feature three new fights. The new fight card is below.
The new look #UFC223 fight card:
Holloway vs. Nurmagomedov
Namajunas vs. Jedrzejczyk
Kattar vs. Moicano
Felder vs. Iaquinta
Herrig vs. Kowalkiewicz
Gruetzemacher vs. Lauzon
Aubin-Mercier vs. Dunham
Bochniak vs. Magomedsharipov
Evans-Smith vs. Rawlings
Clark vs. Rodriguez
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) April 6, 2018
Dana White, the president of UFC, has said that the van attack was “the most disgusting thing that ever happened in the history” after stripping him of his 155lb championship belt earlier this week.
McGregor was reportedly motivated by revenge
The incident reportedly occurred due to McGregor being vexed by Khabib Nurmagomedov, who recently scuffled in a hotel with his teammate Artem Lobov earlier this week.
Conor then decided to fly halfway around the world from Ireland to New York to back up his friend.
While Conor’s actions have drawn criticism, he received support from an unlikely source in ex-rival Nate Diaz, who called out Khabib for acting like “a bully” and a “fukn rookie” in the inicdent that sparked off the resulting melee.
He shouldn't have been trying to punk his boy when he was alone, like a bully. Then he expects not to get rolled on fukn rookie..
And then stay on the bus
haha u guys got punked ….
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 5, 2018
He’s now made headlines worldwide for the UFC fight in a busy weekend of sport – with some conspiracy theorists suggesting this may have been an intentional ploy to shift the world’s focus onto the PPV fight this weekend. Watch footage of the initial hotel scuffle below.
— Denis Geyko (@DenisGeykoRT) April 3, 2018
The UFC have now released an official statement about the events
“During today’s media event at Barclays Center to promote UFC 223: Khabib vs. Holloway, Conor McGregor and Artem Lobov entered the building accompanied by over a dozen individuals.
The group, which included McGregor and Lobov, vandalized the vehicle that contained a number of athletes competing at the event taking place this weekend. NYPD was immediately alerted and is currently in the process of investigating the situation. UFC is working very closely with the New York Athletic Commission, Barclays Center security and law enforcement authorities. All parties are working together to ensure the highest standard of proper safety precautions are implemented to protect the fans and athletes.
The organization deems today’s disruption completely unacceptable and is currently working on the consequences that will follow. Immediately, Lobov has been removed from this weekend’s card and individuals involved in the incident are not welcome at tomorrow’s ceremonial weigh-in or Saturday’s event at Barclays Center.”
Watch footage of the incident below.
Conor McGregor is reportedly wanted by police after he and his entourage rampaged leaving the Barclays Center pic.twitter.com/hKjoHfgr0W
— VERSUS (@vsrsus) April 5, 2018