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UFC releases statement after ‘UFC 223’ drama

Conor McGregor (Twitter /Thomas Duffy)

Conor McGregor (Twitter /Thomas Duffy)

On April 5, 2018, Conor McGregor shocked the global mixed martial arts community when he and his crew attacked a bus containing “UFC 223” red corner fighters at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) released a statement regarding the incident on the same day.

“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 statement read. “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.”

In the statement, the UFC said it is “working very closely” with the New York Athletic Commission (NYAC), Barclays Center security and law enforcement authorities. The promotion added that all parties are “working together to ensure the highest standard of proper safety precautions are implemented to protect the fans and athletes.”

The fighters inside the bus attacked by McGregor and his crew were Khabib Nurmagomedov, Rose Namajunas, Al Iaquinta, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa. Injured during the attack, both Borg and Chiesa had pulled out of “UFC 223.”

“The organization deems today’s disruption completely unacceptable and is currently working on the consequences that will follow,” the UFC said. “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.”

After the attack, Max Holloway was deemed medically unfit to fight during the weigh-in. “UFC 223” be headlined by Nurmagomedov and Iaquinta with Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk as co-headliners.

Watch an interview with UFC President Dana White about “UFC 223” here:

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