McGregor Attack Leads To Three UFC 223 Fight Changes
While Conor McGregor’s being questioned by the NYPD for his crew attacking a bus full of fighters on Thursday, the UFC 223 card now has a litany of question marks.
First and foremost is McGregor’s teammate, and initial cause of McGregor’s rampage, Artem Lobov. Lobov and Khabib Nurmagomedov had a verbal confrontation earlier this week at the UFC’s hotel. Lobov was in the crew of over 20 people with McGregor at Barclays Center on Thursday, and is now pulled from his fight with Alex Caceres, and per this statement from the UFC has been barred from April 6th’s weigh-in and from attending the event on April 7th.
“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.”
Another fight now postponed is Michael Chiesa and Anthony Pettis, as the New York State Athletic Commission has decided to not let the fight go forward due to injuries Chiesa suffered from the attack.
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
Chiesa was inside the bus at the time of the attack and was severely lacerated from the exploding glass of the bus window. Ray Borg, who was sitting next to Chiesa will also be pulled from UFC 223, as he was taken to a local medical facility due to issues with glass landing in his eye.