New York police have charged Conor McGregor with assault and criminal mischief following an incident at a media event to promote UFC 223 on Thursday in Brooklyn.
The 29-year-old is alleged to have been part of a group of men that vandalised a coach containing rival fighters from the UFC.
McGregor handed himself in to police in Brooklyn after video footage emerged of him appearing to hurl a hand cart at a rear window of the bus as it went to leave the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
MMA fighter Conor McGregor who became the first UFC fighter to hold two world titles simultaneously, can be seen in a video footage as he entered with his entourage, then picked up a pushcart and hurled it at his rivals’ bus after UFC 223 media day at Barclays Center in New York City.
The bus is understood to have contained McGregor’s long-term lightweight rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is scheduled to fight Max Holloway this weekend for the lightweight title, which was formerly held by the Irishman.
New York Police confirmed on Friday morning that McGregor will face a judge at 12pm UK time.
The attack left two fighters injured. UFC lightweight Michael Chiesa suffered a laceration to his face and, as a result, was forced to pull from Saturday’s UFC 223. Flyweight Ray Borg suffered “multiple cornea abrasions” and will also not be taking part in his fight against Brandon Moreno.
Connor McGregor was scheduled to lose his UFC lightweight belt on Saturday to the winner of the title bout between Max Holloway and Khabib Nurmagomedov, the latter of whom appeared to be the target of McGregor’s attack.
Chiesa’s coach told ESPN Sport that Chiesa was being treated in hospital for “lots of small cuts”.
Chiesea tweeted: “A decision was made by the New York State Athletic Commission to pull me from UFC 223. I’m devastated to say the least. I hope to run this match up ASAP, June 9th in your backyard. That’s all I have to say for now. Much love.”
Rick Little, who coaches Chiesa, told the podcast MMA Junkie: “Conor went bananas and put a beating on the van that we were in looking for Khabib. A million security guards had to restrain him. Mike’s cut up now. He’s got marks on him, for sure. I don’t think it’s too serious. Everything happened so fast, it was just like we were jumped.”
“To be honest, I don’t want McGregor to go to jail,” Nurmagomedov told MMAFighting “We have to fight. If we have to fight, let’s fight. Send me location. Please, we have to fix this. Me and you. One-on-one. You want 10-on-10? OK.
“I give his whole team slap and no one say anything. He come with media, with cameras when I’m alone. Of course I want to go outside, but they don’t let me leave the bus. He knows this.
“They don’t do nothing. I’m here.”
Watch the video of the assault below.