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Conor McGregor turned himself into police custody and is officially under arrest, as of 10:23 ET. He has multiple charges pending, per Ariel Helwani and NBC News.
Conor McGregor was taken into custody and officially arrested at 10:23 pm ET. Multiple charges pending. He is currently at the 78th precinct in Brooklyn.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 6, 2018
This follows his wild day of throwing a dolly through a bus window, injuring several, as he targeted one half of UFC 223’s main event, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Khabib had confronted his teammate Artem Lobov the day before over a video Lobov made in which he spoke ill of Khabib. McGregor flew in from Ireland, showing up unexpectedly on media day. He found his way to the bus with a cadre of followers, and, after picking up a barricade, hurled a dolly through the window of a bus on which Khabib, as well as several other fighters and managers were sitting. Michael Chiesa suffered multiple lacerations and his fight with Anthony Pettis was cancelled; Ray Borg had small pieces of glass in his eye and his fight with Brandon Moreno was also cancelled. Artem Lobov, who was with McGregor during the fracas, had his fight with Alex Caceres cancelled as well. The UFC issued a statement in which it stated McGregor would not be welcome at UFC 223. Dana White, with his typical hyperbole, referred to the event as the most disgusting thing to happen in UFC history.
Champion UFC fighter Conor McGregor is in custody and is at the NYPD's 78th precinct where he is expected to be charged with assault following an incident in Brooklyn, New York, according to two senior New York City law enforcement officials. pic.twitter.com/w1fpmZQ4oz— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 6, 2018
This isn’t the first aberrant behavior for the Irishman, who slapped an official and shoved a referee at a Bellator event last year, and allegedly got into a bar fight with the father of an Irish mobster, leading many to fear for his life. I posited back then we were seeing a familiar story, the descent of a superstar who has no higher mountains left to conquer. Graduating from monster cans and fines to dollies and jail time certainly supports that hypothesis.
Mug shots coming soon.
Stipe Miocic updated the official record:
McGregor’s escape didn’t last long.
This is no bueno. I feel bad for Ray Borg, and hope there is no permanent damage to his eyes.
Translation: Ray Borg is being taken to the hospital because he is having trouble opening his eyes as a result of what he believes is shrapnel that entered his eye as a result of the incident with Conor McGregor earlier today. https://t.co/oTem3oMJ8E— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) April 6, 2018
Nick Newell wants to step in and fight Anthony Pettis- why not?
Shitty situation for Chiesa & Pettis........ I only live an hour from the Barclays Center & I'm more than game— Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) April 6, 2018
Even Norm Kelly, a city councilor in Toronto, had a take.
I’m not condoning Conor McGregor’s actions, but find yourself a friend that will literally fly in from another continent to defend you.— Norm Kelly (@norm) April 5, 2018
Jim Miller wrote a ballad about McGregor and cocaine
Dana White is hyperbolic but he’s right that it’s serious.
Khabib wasn’t even close to phased.
I just spoke to @TeamKhabib. Story coming.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 5, 2018
“I am laughing inside. You broke window? Why? Come inside. If you real gangster why don’t you come inside? This is big history gangster place. Brooklyn. You want to talk to me? Send me location. I am going to come. No problem.”
So Khabib Nurmagomedov makes his first comment on this situation under our post on Instagram.— MMA History Today (@MMAHistoryToday) April 5, 2018
“Well done “ pic.twitter.com/oAa3HrcvSQ
We interrupt this McGregor stream to bring you Sage Northcutt’s day:
Look what I found on my front door pic.twitter.com/yGX8xTpM4W— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) April 5, 2018
And some good news amidst the destruction:
Michael Chiesa told me today - pre-melee - that Marc Ratner told him Mario Yamasaki wouldn't ref in the UFC ever again.— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) April 5, 2018
Nate Diaz sticking up for McGregor wasn’t what I expected, but he did brawl with Nurmagomedov himself after all.
I allready slapped and punked both these guys and they teams though so that's none of my buisness— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 5, 2018
Someone dug up this old picture, which is how the memes came rolling in.
Cormier clarifies that the Dagestani knuckle game cartel was not, in fact, present, or things would have gotten a lot worse.
I keep hearing @TeamKhabib whole team was on this bus. I know for a fact that it was only Khabib and Ali on this bus with the rest of the red corner fighters. It would have been much , much worse if his whole team was on the bus.— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 5, 2018
Ground plane.....— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 5, 2018
Take in custody....
Escort to arena on Saturday night to make him fight Khabib.....
That’s true punishment!
This was the clip that sealed it.
yoooooo... first time seeing this one. Conor has legit lost his mind. pic.twitter.com/XcLFd2FIMo— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 5, 2018
Another aside: Mike Perry wants to fight Emil Meek. Platinum vs. Valhalla.
Let’s fucking gooooooo ⚔️— Emil Valhalla Meek (@emilvalhalla) April 5, 2018
Battle of the year!
Eventually it became true.
Despite Dana White’s comments about an arrest warrant on McGregor, ABC News reports NYPD is currently investigating the incident and has not issued a warrant yet.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 5, 2018
Justin Gaethje’s take is succinct.
Fortunately McGregor turned himself in and didn’t climb a tower.
A side note on Ali Abelaziz, who was in the bus with Khabib. He’s among MMA’s shadiest characters.
Got a slew of new Ali Abdelaziz court/police docs this week for my upcoming serial podcast. Two quick notes: his name is actually Alaa'eldin Ragb Fekry Abd Al Aziz Ahmed and one of his fake identities was a female one. First name Lillian. Sex on the docs/cards was changed to "M."— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) April 5, 2018
Gotta admit this made me laugh.
they're gonna shoot Conor...from the waist down— Tom Feely (@omgitsfeely) April 5, 2018
View from inside the bus:
Indeed a strange day.
Khabib is active on his Instagram account as we speak. Makes no mention of McGregor but came to the defence of the arrested oligarch who financed his career. Says he plans to appeal to Putin to take the case under his consideration via online petition.— Karim Zidan (@ZidanSports) April 5, 2018
What a strange day. pic.twitter.com/mwvxxOaPqV
Mike Jackson finally got his fight with CM Punk, which means Punk is headed for his second L.
Before it all went down:
Conor McGregor invadiu a Barclays Center correndo com mais umas dez pessoas à procura de Khabib e Holloway. Os dois já tinha saído do media day. Conor e sei staff subiram pelo elevador. Irlandês chegou de surpresa!!!! Dia promete! #feedmma pic.twitter.com/gEBn4xKmmJ— Zeca Azevedo (@zeca_geraldo) April 5, 2018
Felice Herrig’s video of the incident:
Felice Herrig captured part of the ruckus caused behind the scenes when Conor McGregor and his team arrived. This is from her Instagram account pic.twitter.com/9R6T2eNNTs— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) April 5, 2018
Hawaii Tourism Authority “shutting down” a UFC event in Hawaii wasn’t exactly true- they just wanted a cut of the money.
Per Hawaii News, UFC wanted Hawaii Tourism Authority to pay the promotion a $6 million sponsorship fee in order to host a pay-per-view fight card at Aloha Stadium this summerhttps://t.co/xj2SN4c6hA— Jason Floyd (@Jason_Floyd) April 5, 2018
This is awesome artwork of Rose Namajunas
She’s got the Run The Jewels stamp of approval.
#UFC223 Open Workouts: @rosenamajunas working out to "Get It" by @runjewels, who play at @barclayscenter tonight, the same building that she will fight in this Saturday. @KillerMike @therealelp— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) April 4, 2018
Let’s hope after all this that Khabib does make weight.
Nope, Velcro is definitely worse pic.twitter.com/5eutfMsBDN— Patrick Cummins (@OfficialDurkin) April 5, 2018
Podcasts and Video
AJ, Andrew Richardson, Case Harts, and I talked the madness in Brooklyn, previewed the actual fights, and recapped Andrew Richardson’s pro debut win. Follow MMA Mania on Youtube!
Top three UFC 223 fights:
Billionaires, always such good wholesome kind folks.
Sumner Redstone, the 94-year-old who controls Viacom and CBS, communicates with an iPad preloaded with clips of his voice saying ‘Yes’, ‘No’ and ‘Fuck You’.— Quite Interesting (@qikipedia) April 5, 2018