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'You's'll Strip Me of Nothin': McGregor Ignites Mayhem at UFC 223 Media Day

The current lightweight champ, apparently infuriated over the prospect of being dethroned after UFC 223, allegedly attacked a bus containing Khabib Nurmagodenov.

Conor McGregor is Escorted Out of an NYC Precinct
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UPDATED: 1:00 p.m., April 6, 2018.

On top of the drama McGregor stirred up (check out the blow by blow account below), Nurmagomedov vs. Holloway will no longer headline UFC 223 on Saturday, as doctors reportedly feared for Holloway's safety due to the amount of weight he was attempting to cut ahead of Friday’s weigh-ins. Nurmagodemov was initially set to fight interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson. But, when Ferguson tore a ligament in his knee following "an accident on a studio set" during pre-fight obligations, Holloway, the current featherweight champion, agreed to take the fight with just six days' notice. Ferguson's freak injury marks the fourth time a bout between him and Nurmagodenov has fallen through, and now Holloway has been declared medically unfit to fight. At the moment, there is no confirmation on a new opponent for Nurmagodemov to face at UFC 223

Even though Holloway was moving up a weight class to go toe-to-toe with Nurmagodemov, the Hawaiian's decision meant undergoing an absolutely brutal weight cut at such late notice. He tweeted an apology to Nurmagomedov, saying that he wanted to push through but was forced to stop.


Stay tuned to Muscle & Fitness for updates on one of craziest weeks in UFC history.

(FYI: The post below includes some foul language.)

At a press conference on Wednesday ahead of UFC 223, UFC president Dana White clarified a topic he's largely evaded ever since he set the match between Khabib Nurmagodenov and Tony Ferguson, who was replaced by Max Holloway on Sunday due to a freak knee injury: Will Saturday's winner be the new lightweight champion, dethroning Conor McGregor and ending Ferguson's reign as interim champion?

"No interim champ—when this fight is over, one of these guys will be the champion, period,” White told MMAJunkie.

Unsurprisingly, McGregor was furious with the decision. Early Thursday, he posted a tweet expressing his disagreement with the UFC's decision to strip him of the title he earned in November 2016:


But McGregor was ready to escalate beyond a war of words. As Thursday's media day was winding down, McGregor and his crew stormed the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, reportedly looking for Nurmagomedov. They were too late to catch him in the building, but they still created mayhem and got into it with fighters about to depart on a bus, according to Ariel Helwani of MMAfighting.com.





Before reportedly fleeing the scene, McGregor and members of his team seemed to damage the bus. Lightweight fighter Michael Chiesa reportedly suffered a cut to the face due to broken glass, and flyweight fighter Ray Borg reportedlywere also on the damaged bus, although none of them were reportedly injured. Women's strawweight fighter Felice Herrig posted a video to her Instagram story that depicts McGregor allegedly "causing trouble."


A TMZ Sports video shot from a different angle appears to show McGregor throwing a hand dolly at the bus, shattering one of the windows.


As the dust settled, Dana White told ESPN's Brett Okamoto that there was a warrant out for McGregor's arrest and that he likely wouldn't be able to leave the state of New York until police sorted out the incident. "He's going to be sued beyond belief, and this was a real bad career move for him," White said in the video, which was posted on Okamoto's Twitter account. Los Angeles Times sports reporter Lance Pugmire, however, said that a New York Police Department spokesperson told him that there was no warrant out for McGregor's arrest:



White went on to call McGregor's stunt "disgusting" in Okamoto's video:


Helwani reported that McGregor's incursion was a response to a long-simmering feud between Nurmagomedov and Artem Lobov, one of McGregor's teammates:


McGregor was taken into custody late Thursday, along with Irish fighter Cian Cowley, a friend of McGregor’s who was part of the group that stormed Barclays Center. Both were charged with assault and criminal mischief, according to NBC 4 New York On Friday, journalist Anthony DiLorenzo posted a video on Twitter showing McGregor being escorted out of an NYC precinct in handcuffs.


McGregor’s antics directly impacted the UFC 223 card in the form of three scratched fights: Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis, Borg vs. Brandon Moreno, and Lobov vs. Alex Caceres. While Chiesa and Borg were pulled due to injuries sustained when the bus window shattered, Lobov was pulled due to his involvement in the McGregor situation.

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