UFC fighter Conor McGregor has been charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of felony criminal mischief for his role in an incident at the Barclays Center on Thursday.
McGregor surrendered to police after attacking a bus full of UFC fighters and employees, shattering a window and causing injuries to those on board. Video footage appears to show him throwing a hand truck and trash cans at the bus during his unannounced appearance in New York.
The incident left two fighters unable to compete Saturday night for UFC 223. The promotion canceled those fights, along with a third bout involving Artem Lobov, who is said to have participated in the fracas.
Cian Cowley, another UFC fighter, was also charged with assault and criminal mischief.
UFC president Dana White called the Irishman’s actions “despicable.”
“It was probably the worst conversation we ever had,” White told FS1’s “First Things First” on Friday morning. “We talked yesterday before he turned himself in.
“It’s not that I don’t think he understood what happened. He justified it. It was justified to him.”
White said McGregor said he was sorry about the fighters who were injured, but, “this had to be done.”
As for the UFC, they issued the following statement:
“The organization deems today’s disruption completely unacceptable and is currently working on the consequences that will follow. Individuals involved in the incident are not welcome at tomorrow’s ceremonial weigh-in or Saturday’s event at Barclays Center.”
McGregor hasn’t fought for the UFC since November 2016 and was stripped this week of his lightweight championship which he never defended. McGregor responded on Twitter and wrote, “You’ll strip me of nothing.”
Just this week Dana White said that McGregor would fight again for UFC this year, but now his actions may have put any future fights in doubt.