Police in the US are hunting for mixed martial artist star Conor McGregor after he crashed a UFC 223 press conference in New York and injured a fighter during his attack.
Conor McGregor was stripped of his lightweight championship title this week
Dana White says an arrest warrant has been issued for Conor McGregor after the Irishman appeared to attack a coach carrying numerous UFC fighters at the Barclays Centre in New York.
MMA Fighting reported McGregor’s team attacked a van filled with fighters just as it was departing the arena, banging on the vehicle and throwing chairs through a window.
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He still had time though to kick off in front of the fighters as they attempted to leave the venue to return to their nearby hotel.
CLOSER view of the McGregor mayhem at UFC 223 media day pic.twitter.com/k35XKGE41X
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In the wake of the incident, White said a warrant for McGregor’s arrest had subsequently been issued.
“What happened today was criminal, disgusting and makes me sick,” he said.
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“There is a warrant out for McGregor’s arrest. They’re looking for him right now and his plane is grounded. I assume if they don’t catch him he will turn himself in. He’s going to be sued beyond belief and this is a very bad career move for him.”
The ugly scenes followed White’s announcement that this weekend’s headline bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway at UFC 223 will be for McGregor’s lightweight championship. McGregor has been absent from mixed martial arts since his victory over Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.
Chiesa’s coach Rick Little told MMAJunkie:
“Conor went bananas and put a beating on the van that we were in looking for Khabib. 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.”
Conor was stripped of his lightweight championship title this week, Dana White earlier announced that this weekend’s headline bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway at UFC 223 will be for McGregor’s lightweight championship, with the Dubliner absent from mixed martial arts since his victory over Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.
White said during a press conference on Wednesday while pointing towards both Nurmagomedov and Holloway.
“No interim champ. When this fight is over, champion, One of these guys will be the champion.”
But McGregor issued a response on Thursday that left little to the imagination about how he feels over White’s decision, with the two-time UFC champion reacting in a similar way to the last time he was stripped of a belt.
“You’s’ll [sic] strip me of nothing you’s do nothing c***s,” McGregor wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning.