Twitter’s MMA community was sent into chaos as the UFC’s lightweight champion Conor McGregor ran away with the show at the UFC 223 media day.
If you thought that UFC 223’s fight-week peaked with the insane pull-out of Tony Ferguson from his headlining matchup with Khabib Nurmagomedov, then think again.
This has been one helluva a week for the sport but yesterday at the official media day for the show, things turned ugly very fast as Conor McGregor and a crew of his teammates stormed a bus containing some very prominent fighters scheduled to appear on UFC 223 this weekend.
We all know the backstory of what happened but with such an unexpected turn of events, Twitter’s MMA community went into a frenzy as more details about the incident emerged.
I love a big drama show as much as the next person. It's part and parcel of our sport but not at the expense of other people's safety. Conor McGregor is proving once again he can do whatever he wants. He runs the joint.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) April 5, 2018
Khabib's last 6 days:
-Tony Ferguson fight falls apart for the 4th time
-Main financial backer arrested on embezzlement charges
-Altercation with Lobov
-Van attacked by McGregor crew like pack of rabid apes
-Still has to make weight
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 5, 2018
Conor McGregor is the baddest on the planet. Dude felt disrespected so he rounded up his entire squad, hopped on the mf PJ, flew from Ireland to New York and walked up in the Barclays Center raising absolute hell. THAT is my spirit animal. The fucking GOAT.
— Haroon Javed (@Engr__haroon) April 5, 2018
I always wondered if I got rich and famous would I act a fool? I know when I was broke and desperate I would rob and commit crimes to get ahead. Where is the medium? Are we as humans this stupid? Or is money truly the root of all evil? #UFC223
— Jared Gordon (@JFlashGordonMMA) April 5, 2018
Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg, who were both pulled from their respective matchups due to injuries sustained during the skirmish had more reason than most to be outraged. Chiesa made a brief comment to his fans following his withdrawal.
A decision was made by the New York State Athletic Commission to pull me from UFC 223. I’m devastated to say the least. @Showtimepettis I hope to run this match up ASAP, June 9th in your backyard. That’s all I have to say for now. Much love.
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) April 6, 2018
We're about to find out exactly how untouchable Conor McGregor is, y'all. Buckle the hell up. #UFC223
— FloCombat (@FloCombat) April 5, 2018
And, of course, Malignaggi wasn’t too far away from getting in on the action.
The fact this shitbag has any fans says more about the state of today's society than anything else. Lost 2 of 3, beat Chad Mendez when the guy came in as late sub. Lost 2 Diaz on last sub n barely won rematch and on top of it is just a punk with no manners https://t.co/hjeAX0ZDJu
— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) April 5, 2018
One of the three men to actually defeat Conor in mixed martial arts competition took a moment to reflect on the damage this may do to the sport’s growing reputation back in Ireland, a point that is pretty valid considering how divisive McGregor is at home.
Dana hit the nail on the head what kind of example is this to any kid, especially with a country that is now so invested in the sport. What a disgrace https://t.co/OVnnnsBDaA
— Joe Duffy (@Duffy_MMA) April 5, 2018
Connor McGregor: arrest him, sue him, suspend him, ban him, fire him. Put him out of business.
Let’s not support or aid to someone acting like a five year old with absolutely zero discipline and guidance.
— Ｋｅｎｄａ Ｐｅｒｅｚ (@KendaPerez) April 5, 2018
— Sam Alvey (@smilensam) April 6, 2018
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) April 6, 2018
For someone talking about how much money he wants to fight again, showing up and trying to scrap for free seems like a poor business move. Especially if your license is revoked in the process… or is that a part of the plan? ??
— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) April 5, 2018
Can MMA have one week where it’s not a complete fucking circus?
— Mitch Clarke (@MitchClarkeMMA) April 6, 2018
Time to @ufc start promete good people, fighters that can be a example for kids and new generation and also that can be good for the image of the show.
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) April 5, 2018
Forget you dude! Innocent bystanders , and UFC officials and staff I personally know and work with were put in a real danger today and some sent to hospital with real injuries! All because some thug! Forget you ! and your dumbass justification for this kind of behavior! https://t.co/8eZa4PgGmd
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) April 6, 2018
I just spoke to @TeamKhabib. Story coming.
“I am laughing inside. You broke window? Why? Come inside. If you real gangster why don’t you come inside? This is big history gangster place. Brooklyn. You want to talk to me? Send me location. I am going to come. No problem.”
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 5, 2018
Finally, the light-heavyweight champion of the world comes through with a pretty hilarious idea for a punishment.
Take in custody….
Escort to arena on Saturday night to make him fight Khabib…..
That’s true punishment!
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 5, 2018
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