Conor McGregor has been charged with three counts of assault following an incident at UFC 223’s media day in New York on Thursday.
The now-former UFC lightweight champion turned himself in to the police late on Thursday night, after chaotic scenes at the Barclays Centre in which the Dubliner and his entourage disrupted events and began flinging objects at a shuttle bus with some of Saturday night’s fighters inside.
He has since been charged with three counts of assault and one of criminal mischief, and is due in court on Friday to hear the charges against him.
Conor McGregor charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief – due in court in New York later today
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Fellow Dublin native MMA fighter Cian Cowley, meanwhile, has been charged with one count of assault and one of criminal mischief.
McGregor and his allies entered the venue on Thursday afternoon, where mayhem soon ensued. Projectiles, including a hand trolley, were hurled in the direction of the shuttle bus causing damage to the vehicle itself and reportedly injuring some of the fighters inside.
UFC president Dana White has been quick to show his disgust for McGregor’s behaviour, calling it “the most disgusting thing that has ever happened in the history of the company.” It occurred less than 24 hours after White confirmed that McGregor had been stripped of his lightweight title, which will now be the prize on offer in the fight between Max Holloway and Khabib Nurmagomedov this Saturday.