On April 5, 2018, Conor McGregor made a surprise appearance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for “UFC 223” with his team. They vandalized a bus carrying fighters including Khabib Nurmagomedov and Michael Chiesa before fleeing the scene.
The bus was set to transport Nurmagomedov, Chiesa and other fighters to the host hotel when McGregor and his team arrived. They threw chairs and other things that were not pinned down and rushed into an elevator.
As a result of the chaos, Chiesa was injured on his forehead by a shattered glass. He is set to fight Anthony Pettis at “UFC 223” on April 7, 2018.
“Conor went bananas and put a beating on the van that we were in looking for Khabib,” Chiesa’s coach Rick Little told MMA Junkie. “A million security guards had to restrain him. Mike’s cut up now. He’s got marks on him, for sure. I don’t think (it is) too serious. Everything happened so fast, it was just like we got jumped.”
UFC President Dana White reportedly said warrant is out for McGregor’s arrest. This will not allow his plane to leave New York.
During the “UFC 223” media day on April 4, 2018, White confirmed that Tony Ferguson will not be stripped of his Interim UFC Lightweight Champion belt. The UFC President clarified that McGregor would be losing his belt as the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion.
According to White, whoever wins between Nurmagomedov and reigning UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway at “UFC 223” will be the new UFC Lightweight Champion. Meanwhile, here is a clip showing how McGregor and his team caused trouble at Barclays Center: