While a slew of fighters will be unable to compete tomorrow night (Sat., April 7, 2018) at UFC 223 from inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, at least they’ll be getting paid.
Following an unexpected attack on a bus by UFC superstar Conor McGregor yesterday (Thurs., April 5, 2018) during UFC 223’s media day, enough injuries surfaced to force a couple of fighters out of this weekend’s festivities. Not only was Michael Chiesa forced out of his lightweight tilt with Anthony Pettis after sustaining lacerations to his face from McGregor throwing a dolly through a glass window, but Ray Borg had to pull out of his flyweight matchup with Brandon Moreno after reportedly having trouble seeing.
McGregor’s actions were absolutely disgusting and has been taken care of by the NYPD, but where does all of this leave the fighters who were forced out of UFC 223 at the hands of a mad man?
Luckily, UFC president Dana White revealed earlier today (h/t Damon Martin) that each and every fighter removed from UFC 223 due to McGregor’s insane actions will be paid. Of course, that list doesn’t include Artem Lobov, who was expected to fight Alex Caceres on the Fight Pass undercard before voluntarily partaking in McGregor’s criminal attack.
Dana White says all the guys who had their fights cancelled as a result of Conor's rampage will be paid and then they will probably be paid again after a lawsuit. #UFC223— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) April 6, 2018
Here are the fighters slated to be paid their show money:
- Michael Chiesa
- Anthony Pettis
- Paul Felder (“Irish Dragon” will receive his show money after opponent Al Iaquinta was moved into UFC 223’s main event opposite Khabib Nurmagomedov)
- Ray Borg
- Brandon Moreno
- Alex Caceres
Considering the unpredictability of something like this actually happening, UFC more or less had to pay the fighters that were negatively affected by McGregor’s stunt. Those fighters were simply going through the motions of fight week before enduring shattered glass and physical threats by a group of nearly 20 men.
This was one crazy week for the world of combat sports, but at least UFC is paying it forward when it matters most.
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