Conor McGregor hasn’t had to fight in a ring for a good while now but his latest appearance in New York led to a serious scuffle which is now being investigated by police.
At a UFC press event on Thursday afternoon, the famous MMA fighter was caught on video picking up a guard rail and hurling it into a van which was chaperoning his long time rival, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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The incident occurred at Brooklyn’s Barclays Centre and was apparently spurred on by comments made by Nurmagomedov’s coach, Ali Abdelaziz. According to an ESPN report, Abdelaziz publicly claimed that McGregor “only fights when he knows he can win.”
And in true UFC form, he also added fuel to the fire by claiming that Nurmagomedov was McGregor’s “daddy”.
“This motherfucker is so afraid of his daddy,” Abdelaziz said in a video to TMZ Sport. “It’s a shame. All Irish people I know [are] tough. He’s the only soft Irish I know.”
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Whilst taunting has always been a big part of the UFC circus, the latest incident appears to have been taken too far. UFC President Dana White told ESPN that fellow MMA fighter Michael Chiesa had to be taken to the hospital due to a laceration to his forehead from being amidst the scuffle.
The outburst from McGregor meanwhile was attributed to news that the UFC could strip him of his 2016 lightweight championship title, a title which he hasn’t defended since his last UFC bout against Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.
White was again the instigator here, saying in an earlier Wednesday press conference that there would be “no interim champ” when Khabib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway step into fight on Saturday for the the lightweight championship.
“One of these guys will be the champion.”
McGregor was prompt to state his position on White’s crowning of a new lightweight champion via Twitter.
You’s’ll strip me of nothing you’s do nothing cunts.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 5, 2018