There were many innocent bystanders who were affected by Conor McGregor’s careless act earlier today (Thurs., April 5, 2018) in Brooklyn, N.Y., which saw “Notorious” and Co. smash the windows of a van transporting many fighters from their media obligations.
See the melee here.
Among those injured was an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) employee, who apparently suffered a broken hand. And UFC VP of Athlete Development, Reed Harris, who was cut from flying glass. According to Harris, the wild and chaotic scene literally had them fearing for their lives.
At hospital with one of my coworkers. Possible broken hand due to attack by Conor and his gang of thugs. I got cut and showered with glass. We thought we were gonna die.— Reed Harris (@reedharrisufc) April 5, 2018
At hospital with one of my coworkers. Possible broken hand due to attack by Conor and his gang of thugs. I got cut and showered with glass. We thought we were gonna die.
— Reed Harris (@reedharrisufc) April 5, 2018
Of course, there were plenty of naysayers who bashed the UFC exec for “overreacting,” to which he replied by saying it was worse than what video evidence shows when you’re caught in the middle of the storm.
When the hand truck enemy threw window and hit Chiesa in the head and he started gushing blood. Yes. I thought we were in big trouble.— Reed Harris (@reedharrisufc) April 5, 2018
I’ve been in dozens of scuffles in UFC. Never once was I scared. This time was different.— Reed Harris (@reedharrisufc) April 5, 2018
Michael Chiesa — who will be fighting Anthony Pettis at UFC 223 — was also caught in the crossfire, and suffered multiple lacerations to his face which resulted in a trip to the hospital. “Maverick,” though fully intends to compete against “Showtime” in just three days.
According to Dana White, event co-headliner and women’s Strawweight champion Rose Namajunas, was shaken up by the event, but will still compete against Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Khabib Nurmagomedov -- who was the target of McGregor’s rampage — is still set to compete against Max Holloway for Conor’s Lightweight strap.
Local police are still trying to make contact with “Notorious,” who will undoubtedly be taken into custody once he either turns himself in or is found by Johny Law. As far as his relationship with UFC, that seems to have taken a major downward shift on the heels of his latest actions.
As for Artem Lobov, he was taken off the card due to his involvement in the scuffle.