Police seek to question Conor McGregor for going on a rampage and attacking UFC bus
The former two-weight champion, who was stripped of his lightweight championship title this week, violently crashed a media event ahead of this Saturday’s UFC 223
Trouble is drizzling on the professional mixed martial artist and boxer, Conor McGregor, as he has provoked the New York police to question him after he and members of his entourage allegedly attacked a bus and left fighter Michael Chiesa injured.
The alleged incident occurred when the UFC lightweight champion McGregor made an unscheduled appearance as part of UFC 223 media day at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, according to Lt. Tarik Sheppard of New York Police Department's Deputy Commissioner Public Information office.
UFC president Dana White told reporters that an arrest warrant has been issued against McGregor, but according to the police, there's only questioning as of now.
Chiesa, who is scheduled to fight Anthony Pettis, suffered cuts to his face when objects were tossed at a bus that was at Barclays to transport UFC 223 fighters back to the hotel, White said. He went on to say that that there "is a warrant out for Conor McGregor's arrest and they are looking for him right now."
"We don't even have a report (filed) where we could obtain a warrant," Sheppard told USA TODAY Sports.
White narrated the story as to what had allegedly happened; McGregor and approximately 20 guys were let through the door of the arena and went down to the loading dock where fighters were boarding the bus. White said trash cans, dollies and bike racks were tossed at the bus, one of the objects nearly hitting Rose Namajunas, UFC's women's strawweight champ who is slated to fight Joanna Jedrzejczyk on Saturday.
"This is the most disgusting thing that has happened in the history of the company," White said.
Chiesa’s coach, Rick Little, who was also on the bus, stated that Chiesa was “cut up” from shattered glass. He went on o describe the scene; "Conor went bananas and put a beating on the van that we were in looking for Khabib (Nurmagomedov),” Little said. “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.”
Chiesa was taken to a hospital for treatment of his cuts, according to White, who also said he didn't know if the fighter would be ready by Saturday and McGregor fled the scene with his crew afterward. MMA Fighting announced that Michael Chiesa will compete at UFC 223 despite multiple cuts from Conor McGregor incident.