The Brooklyn bus assault. It sounds just like the title of a blockbuster motion crime film, and in a approach, it’s. When Conor McGregor confirmed up at Barclays Heart simply after the conclusion of a UFC 223 media day on April 5, trying to confront one in every of that weekend’s essential occasion fighters, we had the makings of a drama. When the Irishman threw a metal dolly by means of the window of a bus carrying the fighter he was focusing on, light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, in addition to a number of different fighters and UFC employees — a few of whom have been injured within the assault — there was the crime.
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Now McGregor and Nurmagomedov will take their beef inside the Octagon. How did the UFC get from Conor’s dolly vs. Khabib’s bus to a 155-pound title fight between the current champion and former titleholder?
The genesis of the notorious drama came when Artem Lobov, a friend and training partner of McGregor’s, spoke to reporters in his native Russia and was critical of Nurmagomedov. “Khabib pulled out six times already. He always pulls out of fights,” Lobov said in Russian, according to a translation on MMAimports.com. “If something hurts a little bit, his a– or whatever, he pulls out. He can’t even make weight. He doesn’t give a s— about his fans, that everyone flew from Russia — even getting a visa is a pain, and travel expenses — all in order to see him, and he doesn’t show up. And it’s not once, not two, three or four times.
“Who is chicken here? Who is afraid? Conor shows up every time no matter what. He’s a true fighter. He’s a true champion. Champion isn’t just a belt around your waist. It’s mentality, it’s your heart. Conor is a real champion, and Khabib is not even close. Did you see Conor pulling out of a fight even once? Everyone has injuries, everyone has problems making weight, but one is a champion and shows up no matter what, and the other one is a coward who pulls out every time.”
Triggered by multiple events over the past year, the rivalry between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov has intensified.
Nurmagomedov heard about that interview. On the Tuesday of fight week, with Lobov in New York to compete on Khabib’s undercard, the two happened to see each other at the fighter hotel. There was a verbal confrontation in Russian, captured and translated in an MMAfocus.com video.
Nurmagomedov: “Don’t say my name, you understand me? You got it or not? I’m asking you. Say it to my face. You said I’m a p—-? Did you?”
Lobov: “I didn’t say that.”
Nurmagomedov (his hand holding Lobov by the back of the neck): “How you didn’t say? Say it to my face. You said I’m a p—-, didn’t you?”
Lobov: “I didn’t say this.”
Nurmagomedov: “How you didn’t say? Don’t say such things anymore.” (Then Nurmagomedov appeared to slap Lobov on the back of his head before walking away.)
Word of this confrontation reached McGregor in Ireland and a group of friends jumped on a private plane headed to New York. They showed up at Barclays Center shortly after the UFC 223 media day ended. The arena doors were locked, but they were let in the building, allegedly, by employees of a McGregor-owned website.
Dana White, speaking to reporters immediate after the incident: “What happened here today is Conor and approximately 20 guys were apparently let in through the doors by the Mac Life guys, who were credentialed here. They opened the doors for them through an entrance, and they stormed the building. They got down to the loading docks, where the fighters were getting on the buses [to return to the fighter hotel], and they started to attack the buses.”
Dana White voices strong displeasure after an ugly incident at UFC 223 media day, in which Conor McGregor and his entourage attacked a bus, injuring several people at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Felice Herrig, UFC strawweight who was at Barclays to promote her fight with Karolina Kowalkiewicz, speaking to TMZ: “There’s two fighter buses taking us back from media day from the Barclays Center, and all I hear is ruckus and big bangs. It was like garbage cans being thrown and the railing thrown … and everyone’s like, ‘That’s Conor. That’s Conor. That’s Conor and his whole team.’ And they’re raiding the buses, throwing garbage cans, throwing railings at [the other bus]. And I don’t know why.”
Max Holloway, UFC featherweight champion who was scheduled to fight Nurmagomedov that weekend, speaking to Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour”: “We were on the other bus. I didn’t even know it was Conor. People were yelling, ‘It’s Conor! It’s Conor!’ And I was like, ‘I don’t see him.’ When we saw the video, the guy who was running around and stuff was Conor. I was watching him do the crazy stuff. I was like, ‘Oh, man, that’s pretty nuts.’ Imagine if they did show up to the media event. I think it would have been even more wild.”
Al Iaquinta, UFC lightweight who was on the bus with Nurmagomedov and ended up fighting him in the weekend’s main event after Holloway was pulled from the bout, speaking to Helwani on “The MMA Hour”: “Everyone was freaking out. That was insane. No one knew what was going on. Everyone was, ‘What the heck is this? What are we under attack from?’ And then we saw Conor running, and we were like, ‘Oh … all right.’ So I whipped out my phone, and I just started filming him.”
Dana White says he is disgusted with Conor McGregor after Thursday’s incident at a UFC 223 media event.
White, to reporters: “They broke one of the windows and cut Michael Chiesa really badly. He cut his head. He cut his face. Rose Namajunas was apparently almost hit. She’s super upset right now and basically left to walk back to the hotel.”
Namajunas, UFC strawweight champion who was preparing for her co-main event fight against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, speaking to the media: “The chair nearly came at my window. Thankfully to the bus driver, he was on point. He was backing up the bus as it came to my window, and it ended up hitting Michael Chiesa in the head instead, unfortunately. So thanks, Michael [laughs].”
Chiesa, who was cut on the head by shattered glass, speaking to the Los Angeles Times: “It was just crazy, man. It was just a crazy situation to be involuntarily involved in.”
Ray Borg, who was seated next to Chiesa and had glass go into his eye, speaking to Helwani on “The MMA Hour”: “I wiped my eyes, and the glass went right onto my face. My eye was a little irritated, but I didn’t really think much of it. And it wasn’t until later that day that the small shards and particles of glass that were on my cornea were what really caused the irritation.”
White: “They hurt one of our employees, broke one of our employee’s knuckles.”
Reed Harris, vice president of athlete development for the UFC who is seen in videos trying to stop the attack, via Twitter (post has since been deleted but was captured here): “At hospital with one of my coworkers. Possible broken hand due to attack by Conor and his gang of thugs. I got cut and showered with glass. We thought we were gonna die. … When the hand truck [entered through] window and hit Chiesa in the head and he started gushing blood, yes, I thought we were in big trouble. … I’ve been in dozens of scuffles in UFC. Never once was I scared. This time was different.”
Nurmagomedov, speaking this week to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto: “People who [were] with me in bus, like Chiesa, Iaquinta, girls like Namajunas and other girls like Kowalkiewicz, Ilir Latifi — I remember everybody — a lot of people with me in bus, and they know how quickly this happened and how many guys [were] between us, how many guys don’t let me go out. Everybody hold me. You can ask these guys what happened when [McGregor and his cohorts] come. I feel relaxed. I’m laughing.”
Holloway: “I don’t think he really meant to break the bus [window] with the dolly. I think that he was shocked that he broke it because when I was watching, he actually picked up a metal trashcan, and he put it down, and he grabbed a plastic trashcan, and he threw that instead. That was after he threw the dolly. He was running with the barricade — he knows he was going to get stopped with the barricade.”
Namajunas: “It shook me up because I didn’t know how far it was going to escalate. All the guys inside, they wanted to fight back, and they wanted to go jump out of the bus. But I don’t know if they’re going to open the door, all come in. They’re obviously not directly after me, but I’m just caught in this scenario.
“My imagination goes crazy. After all the things I’ve been through in the past, I know that anybody can have a knife or a gun. We don’t know. So I jumped to the negative pretty quickly. There were a lot of thoughts going into this fight, but I’m just grateful to be in one piece and to be happy, healthy and safe.”
Chiesa: “When the dust settled, I went back to the hotel, started cutting weight and going through the process to compete. And then they pulled the plug.”
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 ninth in your yard. That is all I’ve to say for now. A lot love.
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) April 6, 2018
Borg: “I personally did not even wish to get checked out by a health care provider, however as I used to be making an attempt to get on with my weight minimize, my eye simply began killing me, and I used to be suggested to go see a health care provider and get checked out. … He seems in my eye and tells me it seems like I’ve some corneal abrasions, possibly iritis, as a result of I used to be type of delicate to mild. In order I get to the hospital, they admit me, they usually did not simply take a look at my eye and say, ‘Oh, yeah, your eye seems somewhat tousled. You’ll be able to’t struggle.’ They ran a complete [gamut of tests]. They did it twice simply to double-check to ensure. I had them do it twice. They stated I had a number of corneal abrasions, which was inflicting the irritation and somewhat little bit of the blurriness that I used to be seeing.”
Chiesa’s struggle with Anthony Pettis and Borg’s bout with Brandon Moreno have been canceled due to their accidents, and the UFC scrapped Lobov’s struggle with Alex Caceres due to the Russian’s involvement within the incident. (Chiesa later filed a civil lawsuit in opposition to McGregor, alleging “severe private, financial and different damage.”)
Namajunas, requested if she thought-about pulling out of her struggle, talking to reporters after Saturday’s occasion: “Yeah, I did. However I feel a variety of occasions main as much as many fights, I feel that. I am going to doubt myself or I am going to query myself. However the voice was sturdy this time.”
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White, to reporters on the scene: “Clearly, everyone is shaken up. When 30 thugs storm a constructing when these guys have been all chopping weight and preparing for a struggle. That is probably the most disgusting factor that is occurred within the historical past of the corporate.”
McGregor and his crew fled the scene after the assault, however he and his SBG teammate Cian Cowley turned themselves in to police that evening. McGregor was charged with three counts of felony assault and one depend of prison mischief, and a court docket listening to was set for June 14.
McGregor, following his June 14 look in Kings County Prison Court docket, to reporters exterior the courthouse: “I remorse my actions that led me right here right now. I perceive the seriousness of this matter, and I am hopeful to get it resolved quickly.”
Namajunas, revealing that she acquired an apologetic Instagram message from McGregor, talking to ESPN’s Helwani: “I did not actually, I suppose, take into account it an actual apology. It stated, ‘I am sorry for what occurred’ … however then he instantly went on to justifying what he did and stuff like that and the the reason why he did it. … I do not care what beef he is received with who. That is none of my enterprise. … So there was an apology, and I am a fairly cool particular person, and I at all times settle for apologies, however to me, I am like a private particular person, I like head to head. That is how I prefer to deal with issues. … Yeah, I stated ‘F— that.’ I stated name Pat [Barry, her husband]. I simply put Pat’s cellphone quantity and stated, ‘F— that, to no matter your message is, and name him.'”
Rose Namajunas joins Ariel Helwani to speak concerning the message she acquired reportedly from Conor McGregor about April’s Barclays incident.
Chiesa, instructed that McGregor reached out to a different fighter impacted by the assault, talking to the Los Angeles Occasions: “I have never heard from him, so f— him. Brooklyn was a f—ing heartbreaker, to say the least. … I misplaced a title shot. I’ve proof. I used to be the highest-ranked man on the cardboard. I’d have stepped in to struggle Khabib on the drop of a dime [after Holloway was pulled from the main event]. I’ve at all times beloved the struggle with Khabib. Bless his coronary heart, he is a cool-ass man, however this can be a sport, and I’ve at all times appreciated the best way I matched up in opposition to him. And I received f—ed out of that chance. You’re employed your entire life for these sorts of alternatives.”
On July 26, McGregor agreed to a plea deal wherein all felony counts have been dismissed. He pled responsible to at least one depend of disorderly conduct and was compelled to place in 5 days of neighborhood service, endure an anger administration analysis and pay restitution for damages he inflicted.
McGregor, following the court docket look, talking exterior the courthouse: I simply wish to say I am grateful to the D.A. and the decide for permitting me to maneuver ahead. I wish to say to my associates, my household, my followers: Thanks for supporting me.”
Conor McGregor briefly addresses the media and crowd after agreeing to a plea deal in his assault case.
Then got here final week’s UFC 229 information convention at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor in New York.
McGregor, talking to the media: “If that bus door had opened, this man can be useless proper now. He can be in a field, and I’d be in a cell.”
Nurmagomedov, talking this week to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto: “I attempted to exit [from the bus], after which I perceive: He include 30 folks, with digital camera, you recognize? Should you come to struggle with somebody, why you want digital camera? For present?”
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– ESPN (@espn) September 21, 2018