MMA star Conor McGregor has been arrested after an attack at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York following UFC 223 media day. The fighter turned himself in to police after being labeled a person of interest earlier in the day. He has been charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief. The incident left at least two athletes injured and unable to fight in Saturday night's UFC 223. Lightweight fighter Michael Chiesa suffered head and facial cuts from broken glass, while Flyweight Ray Borg is also unfit to fight due to multiple corneal abrasions.
Video of the melee, which can be seen below, shows members of Conor’s camp, including McGregor himself, Alex Caceres and Cian Cowley, who was also charged with one count of assault and one count of criminal mischief, throwing things like chairs, trash cans, metal barricades and a two-wheeled dolly at a bus carrying other UFC fighters. McGregor and Cowley appeared in court the following day after leaving the police station in cuffs. But why did this happen? Apparently, the UFC decided to strip McGregor of his lightweight title leading up to the event because of his long absence from their fights.
When Conor and his roughly 20-person entourage were let into the arena, they went down to the loading dock where the fighters, specifically Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was to be involved in the fight for the former-champ's title, were getting on buses. There was also a minor scuffle earlier in the week at a hotel between one of McGregor’s teammates and Nurmagomedov, which many believe was the reason for the media day attack. UFC president Dana White said, "This is the most disgusting thing that has ever happened in the history of the company. This was a real bad career move for him.”