Rose Namajunas is not the only Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter still trying to process and recover from Conor McGregor’s wild bus attack at UFC 223 earlier this year in Brooklyn, N.Y., which sent two fighters to the hospital and essentially sabotaged the pay-per-view (PPV) event.
Michael Chiesa was among the innocent victims who was riding in the bus when McGregor decided to throw a metal dolly through the window, causing multiple facial lacerations that ultimately forced “Maverick” off the card. In theory, it also cost Chiesa a 155-pound title shot because he was the highest-ranked Lightweight at the event when Featherweight kingpin, Max Holloway, was ruled medically unfit to fight. But, with Chiesa sitting in a hospital, UFC scrambled and offered the opportunity to Al Iaquinta, who wound up dropping a unanimous decision to “The Eagle.”
Five months later, Chiesa now wants payback, filing a lawsuit in New York state court, “suing McGregor for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress,” according to TMZ.com. In addition, Chiesa is claiming that he suffered “severe emotional distress, mental trauma and/or bodily harm.” McGregor is not alone in the lawsuit, with Chiesa alleging that Barclays Center — the scene of the attack — is negligent for failing “to engage in proper security measures to protect the plaintiff and other patrons.”
McGregor was able to avoid jail time after reaching a plea deal with Brooklyn prosecutors last month, paying restitution and attending anger management classes, as well as performing community service (details). He issued a statement shortly after the hearing, stating that he was “thankful for being able to move forward,” but didn’t offer any words or apologies to his unintended victims.
Sounds more like one step forward, two steps back.
McGregor is currently scheduled to fight 155-pound champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Oct. 6, 2018. Company President, Dana White, has already gone on record that the blockbuster PPV event will be the “biggest fight in company history.”