Conor McGregor took the Mixed Martial Arts world by storm last day when he showed up unannounced in New York last day and caused chaos.
McGregor, who was seen throwing various objects at the UFC bus and also smashed the front window of the bus. Michael Chiesa, who was in the bus suffered cuts on his face and according to various reports, his fight with Anthony Pettis has been cancelled from the UFC 223 pay-per-view. Chiesa was transported to the hospital after the incident.
A decision was made by the New York State Athletic Commission to pull me from UFC 223. I’m devastated to say the least. @Showtimepettis I hope to run this match up ASAP, June 9th in your backyard. That’s all I have to say for now. Much love.
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) April 6, 2018
Meanwhile, another fighter that suffered due to McGregor was Ray Borg. Borg was also taken to the hospital in Brooklyn after a shard of glass entered his right eye while being on the bus which McGregor and his teammates attacked.
Per sources, Chiesa/Pettis and Borg/Moreno are both off. Chiesa’s facial cuts, and his weight cut was thrown off. Borg started to experience problems with his eye, from the particles of glass.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 6, 2018
Borg was sitting near Chiesa when the incident happened and his fight with Brandon Moreno has been cancelled due to the same.
Artem Lobov off the card
Meanwhile, the third fight that fell off the card was Artem Lobov vs. Alex Caceres. Dana White announced that the fight was off as Lobov was in the group that attacked the UFC bus.
“Artem’s off the card. Artem’s not fighting.” Dana noted.
Lobov was confronted by Khabib Nurmagomedov a couple of days back at a hotel in Brooklyn and this is believed to be the incident that led to the string of events involving McGregor.
According to reports, Caceres will not be getting a last minute opponent.
UFC has released a statement regarding the issue and they have mentioned that anyone involved in the incident will not be permitted inside the arena for UFC 223.
“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 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. UFC is working very closely with the New York Athletic Commission, Barclays Center security and law enforcement authorities. All parties are working together to ensure the highest standard of proper safety precautions are implemented to protect the fans and athletes.
The organization deems today’s disruption completely unacceptable and is currently working on the consequences that will follow. 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.”
Further actions are yet to be taken against the group and stay tuned to MMAIndia.com for all the latest updates.