Dana White admonishes Conor McGregor’s criminal behavior at UFC 223
New York police are seeking to question UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor after he and members of his entourage allegedly attacked a bus and left fighter Michael Chiesa injured, a police spokesman told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday.
No warrant has been issued for McGregor’s arrest – something that UFC President Dana White told reporters had taken place – after an incident occurred as McGregor made an unscheduled appearance as part of UFC 223 media day at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, according to Lt. Tarik Sheppard of New York Police Department’s Deputy Commissioner Public Information office.
“We don’t even have a report (filed) where we could obtain a warrant,” Sheppard told USA TODAY Sports.
White told reporters that there “is a warrant out for Conor McGregor’s arrest and they are looking for him right now.”
Chiesa, who is scheduled to fight Anthony Pettis, suffered cuts to his face when objects were tossed at a bus that was at Barclays to transport UFC 223 fighters back to the hotel, White said.
White said McGregor and “approximately 20 guys” were let through the door of the arena and went down to the loading dock where fighters were boarding the bus. White said trash cans, dollies and bike racks were tossed at the bus, one of the objects nearly hitting Rose Namajunas, UFC’s women’s strawweight champ who is slated to fight Joanna Jedrzejczyk on Saturday.
“This is the most disgusting thing that has happened in the history of the company,” White said.
Chiesa’s coach, Rick Little, told MMAjunkie that Chiesa was “cut up” from shattered glass. Little, who was on the bus, also described what happened.
“Conor went bananas and put a beating on the van that we were in looking for Khabib (Nurmagomedov),” Little said. “A million security guards had to restrain him. Mike’s cut up now. He’s got marks on him, for sure. I don’t think too serious. Everything happened so fast, it was just like we got jumped.”
Chiesa was taken to a hospital for treatment of his cuts, according to White, who also said he didn’t know if the fighter would be ready by Saturday.
McGregor fled the scene with his crew afterward.
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