Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Conor McGregor involved in chaotic backstage melee ahead of UFC 223

Conor McGregor involved in chaotic backstage melee ahead of UFC 223

Irish Mixed Martial Arts superstar Conor McGregor was taken to court in NY in handcuffs on Friday, charged with assault and criminal mischief over an extraordinary attack on a bus carrying rival fighters that injured two athletes.

The UFC star appeared in court alongside fellow fighter Cian Cowley, who was released on a 25,000 dollar bail for the same offence.

The judge also granted a request to allow to the Irish-born McGregor to travel outside the United States before his next court appearance on June 14.

White said McGregor had "some sort of beef" with Nurmagomedov, who was on the bus and is fighting Saturday for the lightweight title McGregor is vacating. He was initially stopped from throwing anything, but managed to run to the other side and shatter one of the bus windows by throwing a moving dolly.

UFC president Dana White has said the van attack was "the most disgusting thing that ever happened in the history" of the UFC. "No, you don't get my help on this one", White said on ESPN yesterday.

White said that he spoke with McGregor and that McGregor apologized for hurting fighters not involved in the feud but was not sorry for his actions, saying he believed they were necessary. They snuck into the Barclays Center and attacked a bus containing a number of UFC fighters and employees.

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The UFC released two different videos of McGregor heaving items, including a metal barrier and a hand truck, at a packed bus full of fighters. He was taken into custody in Brooklyn after turning himself in to the police.

In the episode, lightweight champion Conor McGregor unexpectedly arrives, causing a disruption on the loading dock. Can't see him being able to beat @TheNotoriousMMA in fact I think he gets knocked clean out.

However, ABC News reported on Thursday that NY police are still investigating the incident and have not issued a warrant yet.

McGregor profanely responded on Twitter and wrote, "You'll strip me of nothing".

He took time off to await the birth of his son, Conor Jack, and lost to Floyd Mayweather his professional boxing debut last August.

By the time Russia's Nurmagomedov and Iaquinta face off across the Octagon in Brooklyn, 511 days will have passed since McGregor won the title from Eddie Alvarez across the bridge at the Madison Square Garden in Manhattan in November 2016.

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