UFC Superstar McGregor Arrested, Arraigned For Assault

Irish mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Conor McGregor has been arraigned assault and criminal mischief by New York City Police Department after an incident at an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event.

The former UFC champion, 29, was one of several men alleged to have vandalised a bus containing rival fighters, the UFC said.

McGregor turned himself up at the police custody at 9pm local time on Thursday, the BBC reported.

NYPD have told BBC Sport that McGregor will see a judge after 7am (12pm Nigerian time).

“McGregor has been charged with three counts of assault and one of criminal mischief,” said a spokesperson.

The incident occurred at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, where the UFC had gathered to promote Saturday’s show, headlined by Khabib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway.

McGregor, who has been stripped of his UFC lightweight title, was with fellow fighter Artem Lobov, who was due to fight featherweight Alex Caceres, according to reports.

The UFC claimed McGregor and Lobov – accompanied by more than a “dozen individuals” – attacked the bus.

Video footage shows McGregor throwing a trolley at the bus – smashing a window – followed by further altercations.

UFC says two fighters were injured and have been withdrawn from Saturday’s undercard.

Lightweight Michael Chiesa received several facial cuts, while flyweight Ray Borg suffered an eye injury.

Lobov has also been removed from the bill, due to his alleged involvement.

“The organisation deems today’s disruption completely unacceptable and is currently working on the consequences that will follow,” the UFC said.

McGregor was beaten by Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match in August 2017.

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I Have Had My Last Fight- Mayweather Says As McGregor Blames Referee For Defeat

Winner of the much touted boxing match, Floyd Mayweather said he is not going to fight again after winning his 50th professional match against Conor McGregor in Las Vegas Saturday night.

After stopping the Irishman in the 10th round, Mayweather said “This was my last fight. I chose the right dance partner’, he said after stopping the Irishman in the 10th round. He is a tough competitor and we gave them what the fans wanted to see – I owed them for the Manny Pacquiao fight.

“He [McGregor] was a lot better than I thought. He was a tough competitor, but I was the better man. Our game plan was to take our time, let him shoot his heavy shots and take him out at the end.

“In the MMA, he fights 25 minutes really hard, and after 25 minutes he starts to slow down. I guaranteed everybody this would not go the distance. Boxing’s reputation was on the line. This was my last fight tonight, for sure. I chose the right dance partner. Conor McGregor, you are a hell of a champion.”

Meanwhile, McGregor has blamed the referee for stopping the match in the 10th round saying that he could have lasted longer. He said “I’ve been strangled on live TV and came back, so I would have liked him to have let it go. It was some buzz. I thought we were close. It was fatigue. The referee could have let it keep going, let the man put me down. “No one is taking these kind of risks. I’ll take it on the chin, it’s another day for me.”

In deference to Mayweather, McGregor said “Fair play to him, what a career he’s had. I thought it was a little early with the stoppage. I would have liked to have hit the floor, he (the referee) should have let me keep going. I was just a little fatigued. He was a lot more composed under the shots – that’s what 50 professional fights will give you”.

Mayweather Ready For Serious Business

A stony-faced Floyd Mayweather issued a warning to Conor McGregor on Wednesday as the two fighters faced off just three days ahead of their money-spinning boxing duel.

In stark contrast to their lurid, trash-talking global press tour last month, a subdued McGregor and a stern-looking Mayweather spoke respectfully as they prepared for Saturday’s 12-round boxing contest at the T-Mobile Arena.

Mayweather, who bombarded McGregor with expletives and homophobic slurs during last month’s frenzied publicity blitz, did not swear once during Wednesday’s news conference.

McGregor, the massive underdog for this weekend’s bout, restricted himself to verbally abusing a heckler in the audience who predicted he would be knocked out.

McGregor faces his first ever professional boxing contest against Mayweather, the undefeated former welterweight king who has come out of a two-year retirement to take on the Irish mixed martial arts star.

However, McGregor, the 29-year-old two-time UFC world champion from Dublin, insisted he was ready to stun the world of combat sports by upsetting Mayweather.

“Been to a lot of these crazy press conferences,” said McGregor. “This is a lot more subdued. More business-like, the way I like it.”

“We are prepared for 12 three-minute rounds of non-stop pace. We are prepared, I will put pressure on him and break this old man. Trust me on that.

“I don’t see him lasting two rounds. I feel I have the decision to end it inside one.”

‘I’ll die a fighter’

Mayweather, 40, looked relaxed throughout, even taking time to quietly admonish members of his entourage who had shouted at McGregor.

And rather than the abuse of last month, Mayweather praised McGregor as a “helluva fighter, a stand-up guy, and a tough competitor.”

“It’s not going to be an easy fight,” Mayweather said. “It’s going to be blood sweat and tears. “He’s the best at what he does, I’m the best at what I do. It comes down to the two competitors going out there and displaying our skills.”

But Mayweather’s words came with a warning for McGregor.

“After 21 years I’ve been hit with everything and I’m still right here,” Mayweather said.

“And if you give it, you must be able to take it. There have been plenty of guys who talked a lot of trash, but when it’s all said and done, I came out victorious.

“I’ve said it’s not going the distance and you can mark my words.

“Anything and everything in boxing that can be done, I’ve done it. I was born a fighter, I will die a fighter.”

McGregor is hoping his punching power can catch Mayweather out on Saturday. But the American veteran warned he had faced plenty of hard hitters before.

“Manny Pacquiao got bombs, Canelo (Alvarez) got bombs, Shane Mosley got bombs. But remember this — I got a great chin. And the same way you give it, you’ve got to be able to take it.”

McGregor meanwhile laughed off suggestions from his opponent earlier this week that he may struggle to make the 154-pound limit at Friday’s weigh-in.

“I’ve never missed weight in my life and it won’t be happening this time,” McGregor said. “I’ve had my nutritionist practically living with me throughout camp.”

The showdown between Mayweather and McGregor was confirmed in June after a protracted guessing game about whether the two fighters from different sports would ever meet.

Saturday’s bout could become the most lucrative fight in history according to Showtime Sports television executive Stephen Espinoza.

Mayweather could add another $200 million to his career earnings depending on pay-per-view sales while McGregor, who only four years ago was a struggling former plumber’s apprentice living on welfare, could collect $100 million.

This will be the most widely distributed pay per view in history,” Espinoza said.

“That’s not hyperbole, that’s fact. We are well on the way to a record-setting event.”