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UFC fighter Conor McGregor arrested in Florida for stealing

Conor “The Notorious” McGregor, 30, of Dublin, Ireland has been arrested once again. The former UFC Lightweight Champion was charged with strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief.

Shortly after 5 a.m. on March 11, 2019, McGregor was leaving the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Florida, United States when a man, 22, tried to take a picture of the UFC fighter. Infuriated, the former UFC champ slapped the phone out of the man’s hand, repeatedly stamped on it, grabbed it and left the area, according to a Miami Beach police report.

Later, police found McGregor at a house in Miami Beach. He was being held on $12,500 bail.

“Last evening Conor McGregor was involved in a minor altercation involving a cell phone that resulted in a call to law enforcement,” McGregor’s lawyer said in a statement obtained by The Guardian. “Mr. McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation.”

This is almost two months after the announcement of McGregor’s UFC suspension. On April 5, 2018, he and his friends, including Cian “The Warrior” Cowley, 25, of Dublin attacked a bus carrying reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 30, of Dagestan, Russia, along with Rose “Thug Rose” Namajunas, 26, Denver, Colorado, USA, Al “Raging Al” Iaquinta, 31, of Garden City, New York, USA, Karolina “Polish Princess” Kowalkiewicz, 33, of Łódź, Poland, Ray “The Tazmexican Devil” Borg, 25, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA and Michael Chiesa, 31, of Spokane Valley, Washington, USA, among others, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

On July 26, 2018, McGregor pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. He was made to perform five days of community service.

On October 6, 2018, McGregor lost to Nurmagomedov at “UFC 229” at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, USA. After the bout, the Irish fighter engaged in a brawl with his Dagestani opponent’s cousin Abubakar Nurmagomedov, 29, of Dagestan and cornermen Esed Emiragaev, 45, and Zubaira “Warrior” Tukhugov, 28, of Grozny, Chechnya, Russia.

On January 29, 2019, the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced that McGregor was suspended for six months, which was retroactive to October 6, 2018, and fined $50,000.

Prior to McGregor’s recent arrest in Florida, he was in Brooklyn doing his community service. He mopped floors in churches with a seven-strong entourage, according to Irish Mirror.

Learn more about McGregor’s arrest here:

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