Conor McGregor involved in chaotic backstage melee ahead of UFC 223


A warrant for McGregor's arrest has been issued, according to Okamoto.

McGregor, who was beaten in a boxing match by Floyd Mayweather Jr in August 2017, the last time he fought, had been expected to have his crown taken from him for some time.

McGregor crashed a press conference Thursday at Barclays Center.

McGregor eventually found his way to a back part of the arena and a van that was hauling fighters away when a window was shattered on the vehicle, injuring Michael Chiesa and almost hitting strawweight champion Rose Namajunas, according to multiple reports. A week filled with outrageous incidents was too much for the UFC to stand behind.

There will be a new UFC lightweight champion following Saturday's UFC 223 bout between Max Holloway (19-3) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0).

According to reports, McGregor ended up injuring fighter Michael Chiesa during his wild attack on one of the buses.

NY police had issued a warrant for the arrest of McGregor, White added, accusing the Irish superstar and a group of around 20 men of "storming the building".

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Conor McGregor made a surprise appearance in NY on Thursday for UFC 223 fight week, and it didn't take long for things to get out of hand. His plane can not take off, he can not leave the state of NY with this warrant.

The ugly scenes were condemned by UFC president Dana White, a long-time advocate of McGregor's, who called the incident "one of the most disgusting things that's happened in the history of the company".

White confirmed UFC lightweight Michael Chiesa suffered multiple lacerations during the incident and was sent to the hospital.

Asked whether he wants to be in business with McGregor, White said "absolutely not". White said. "Do you want to chase this guy around for interviews and buy his fights?"

"You don't come into Barclays Centre, attack people that are in a bus that are fighting the next day".

OK, perhaps that's a bit extreme, but what else can you say about when we're talking about a fight that has fallen apart four separate times now?