In the wake of a chaotic scene involving Conor McGregor, UFC president Dana White said he won’t help the embattled fighter, who is facing multiple charges in New York.
Following a confrontation between LW Championship contender Khabib Nurmagomedov and FW fighter Artem Lobov on Wednesday prior to UFC 223, Lobov’s training partner Conor McGregor took it upon himself to storm the Barclay’s Center on Thursday and make his presence felt.
McGregor, who is the former UFC Lightweight and Featherweight champion, was caught on video hurling bike racks and metal dollys at a tour bus which contained Khabib Nurmagomedov, Michael Chiesa, and Rose Namajunas, among others.
The attack is the first that we have seen of McGregor in/around the UFC following a dominant performance over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 to seize the Lightweight Championship. Since then, McGregor has been absent from the Octagon, spending most of 2017 preparing for a superfight against boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. Although McGregor was unsuccessful in toppling the boxing kingpin, he earned a 9 figure paycheck while cementing himself as a top name in the game of fight sports.
In McGregor’s absence, the UFC has attempted to push forward, crowning new Featherweight (Max Holloway) and Lightweight (Tony Ferguson) champions while Conor remained sidelined. Many fans eagerly anticipated McGregor’s return to square off against his awaiting adversaries.
Unfortunately, that return may have just been postponed. With a LW title fight between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson scheduled to headline UFC 223, it looked like we would have an opponent lined up for McGregor’s return. Then Conor showed up.
McGregor, who initially wasn’t expected to attend UFC 223, showed up with a crew of around 20 guys and stormed the Barclay’s Center, gaining access through a back door which was opened by credentialed “Mac Life” members. From there, McGregor and his crew proceeded to find an exiting tour bus which held competitors such as Women’s Champion Rose Namajunas, #1 LW contender Khabib Nurmagomedov, and LW Michael Chiesa.
McGregor and his crew would attempt to storm the bus, going so far as to throw bike racks and Dolly’s at the vehicle. The attack, which led to several windows on the bus being shattered, saw Chiesa ending up in the hospital, with other fighters being removed from the card all together.
The attack is widely expected to have originated due to a confrontation between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Artem Lobov at a Brooklyn hotel prior to the upcoming event. McGregor, who trains with Lobov, was not happy upon hearing about the confrontation.
UFC President Dana White has issued a statement that NY Police are seeking out McGregor for questioning following the incident, and that the UFC President himself has no interest in speaking with McGregor right now.
Following his bout with Floyd Mayweather last summer, Conor McGregor was one of the most talked about athletes in pro sports. Now, after months of inactivity and a date with NY law enforcement, it seems McGregor’s stock may have taken a hit. With his name now shrouded in infamy, it will be up to McGregor to right the ship which he has so blatantly wronged.
Following a 2017 in which McGregor made over $100 million dollars, it seemed that only the most lucrative of offers would draw Conor back inside the ring. Now, with a disgraced reputation, it looks like this incident may have spelled the beginning of the end for McGregor, who will be looking for any opportunity presented to him to get back inside the cage. With legal appearances still undetermined, the odds of that opportunity coming before the end of the year are slim to none.
Once a simultaneous two division champion in the UFC, McGregor has since seen his stock drop tremendously as he has vacated both UFC titles while also coming up short in his boxing venture against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Only time will tell if McGregor is able to recover from the tremendous hole which he has dug himself into.