The UFC has released a formal statement announcing that it will be imposing its own ‘consequences’ for Conor McGregor after the news emerged that the Irish fighter has been charged with assault and criminal mischief following an incident at a UFC event in New York.
The incident has now seen three fights pulled from the UFC 223 card. Artem Lobov vs Alex Caceres has been pulled by the promotion after Lobov’s involvement in the ugly scenes at the Barclays Centre while Ray Borg vs Brandon Moreno and Michael Chiesa vs Anthony Pettis have also been cancelled due to injuries suffered during the assault on the bus.
Speaking after the deplorable incident, Dana White was scathing in his comments regarding the UFC’s biggest star labelling the attack as ‘the most despicable’ thing in the company’s history.
Was just with Dana White. Called it the most despicable thing in UFC history. I asked him if he wants to be in business with Conor McGregor anymore, he said, would you?
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 5, 2018
The UFC have since released a formal statement regarding the events and have clearly stated their intent to sanction the ‘Notorious’ Irish fighter.
“During today’s media event at Barclays Center to promote ‘UFC 223: Khabib vs. Holloway,’ Conor McGregor and Artem Lobov entered the building accompanied by over a dozen individuals.
“The group, which included McGregor and Lobov, vandalized the vehicle that contained a number of athletes competing at the event taking place this weekend. NYPD was immediately alerted and is currently in the process of investigating the situation. UFC is working very closely with the New York Athletic Commission, Barclays Center security and law enforcement authorities. All parties are working together to ensure the highest standard of proper safety precautions are implemented to protect the fans and athletes.
“The organization deems today’s disruption completely unacceptable and is currently working on the consequences that will follow. Immediately, Lobov has been removed from this weekend’s card and individuals involved in the incident are not welcome at tomorrow’s ceremonial weigh-in or Saturday’s event at Barclays Center.”