Conor McGregor turned himself in to police at the department’s 78th Precinct, after the attack on a bus transporting the red corner fighters at UFC 223 media day at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Friday (Thursday in the US). According to reports the incident involved “The Notorious” McGregor alongside Artem Lobov and several other individuals, vandalizing and throwing equipment at the vehicle. The incident reportedly followed the confrontation between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Lobov earlier this week.
“This is the most disgusting thing that has happened in the history of the company,” said UFC President Dana White.
“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,” says UFC statement.
As a result of the attack two fighters were injured, including Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg who were forced to withdraw from the event on Sunday. In addition, Lobov also pulled off the the card.
“Lightweight Michael Chiesa, who received several facial cuts, was deemed unfit to fight by the New York State Athletic Commission and the UFC medical team, and he was removed from his bout against Anthony Pettis. Flyweight Ray Borg, who was scheduled to face Brandon Moreno, was deemed unfit to fight as well due to multiple corneal abrasions. Also removed from the card was the featherweight bout between Artem Lobov and Alex Caceres due to Lobov’s involvement in the incident.”
UFC 223 proceeds with ten bouts, with the featherweight bout between Zabit Magomedsharipov and Kyle Bochniak moved to the Pay-Per-View card. The event features two championship bouts with the lightweight title contest between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway on the top of the bill. The co-main event features Rose Namajunas who defends her strawweight title against Joanna Jedrzejczyk. The updated lineup can be found below.
UFC 223 fight card
Lightweight Max Holloway vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Women’s Strawweight Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Featherweight Renato Moicano vs. Calvin Kattar
Featherweight Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Kyle Bochniak
Lightweight Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder
Women’s Strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Felice Herrig
Lightweight Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
Women’s Flyweight Bec Rawlings vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Lightweight Evan Dunham vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Light Heavyweight Devin Clark vs. Mike Rodriguez