With a professional record of 21 wins and 3 losses, Conor McGregor is about to be stripped of his UFC Lightweight Champion belt. He was arraigned in a courtroom in Brooklyn, New York on April 6, 2018 on charges related to an attack on a bus at Barclays Center.
McGregor was charged of two felony counts for criminal mischief and 19 counts of misdemeanor. The misdemeanor charges are 13 counts of menacing, four counts of assault that recklessly caused a physical injury to another person, one count of reckless endangerment and one count of attempted assault with intent to cause physical injury.
“Those felony criminal mischief counts are the highest-value charges and the easiest to prove,” former Assistant U.S. Attorney David S. Weinstein told USA Today. “A criminal mischief charge doesn’t require anything more than an intent to damage property. Until there is a plea, they will keep several of the assault and menacing charges.”
For the two felony charges, the Irish mixed martial artist could face up to 11 years in prison. His bail was set by a Brooklyn Criminal Court judge at $50,000 and scheduled his next court date for June 14, 2018.
The “UFC 223” drama started when Khabib Nurmagomedov had a minor altercation with Artem Lobov, who was set to fight Alex Caceres at “UFC 223,” at the lobby of their host hotel on April 3, 2018. The latter is a close friend of McGregor.
When McGregor learned about what Nurmagomedov did to Lobov, the Irish MMA fighter flew from Dublin to New York via a private jet. On April 5, 2018, McGregor, Lobov and others attacked a bus carrying “UFC 223” red corner fighters.
Irish MMA fighter Cian Cowley was among McGregor and Lobov’s companions who attacked the bus. Among the fighters on the bus were Nurmagomedov, Rose Namajunas, Al Iaquinta, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa.
Borg and Chiesa were injured due to the attack so their respective “UFC 223” bouts were cancelled. Lobov’s bout against Caceres was also cancelled.
After the attack, McGregor turned himself in to police. In an interview with the Fox Sports 1 show “First Things First,” UFC President Dana White revealed the details of the conversation he had with McGregor through text messages after the attack.
“It was the worst conversation we ever had,” White said. “We talked before he turned himself in. I don’t believe he (understood the gravity of the attack) but he justified it. It was justified to him.”
“UFC 223” will now be headlined by Nurmagomedov and Al Iaquinta and co-headlined by Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Here is White talking about the “UFC 223” drama: