Though details emerged slowly at various points throughout the hectic week leading up to UFC 223, a clear story now seems apparent regarding the infamous attack on a bus full of fighters and UFC personnel.
The incident occurred during UFC 223 Media Day where fighters from the card gave interviews and met with members of the press. As a group of them prepared to leave the Barclays Center in a bus, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor stormed the parking lot with what looked to be over a dozen people.
The group began pounding on the bus, and McGregor can clearly be seen on video throwing a hand dolly through one of the windows. He also attempted to throw a guardrail, and one of the men with him seemed to consider throwing a trash bin.
It was over quickly, as security confronted the group and they made a hasty getaway. One UFC employee’s knuckle was reportedly broken during the attack, and glass from the shattered window injured fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg, causing each to miss their scheduled bouts on the UFC 223 card.
Artem Lobov, a teammate of McGregor, was also allegedly involved and was pulled from the card as well, meaning the incident led to a total of three fights being shelved.
McGregor’s relationship with Lobov may provide clues as to what sparked the chaotic showing. Though some said McGregor’s actions were motivated by the fact he’ll be stripped of his title due to inactivity once the first punch is thrown in the UFC 223 headliner, others have implied the issues are more personal.
Unbeaten lightweight title contender Khabib Nurmagomedov seems to have history with Lobov, dating back to when Lobov supposedly talked trash about Nurmagomedov on a podcast. Nurmagomedov and his team confronted Lobov in a hotel earlier in the week, and Lobov reportedly had to switch hotels to get away from them.
McGregor and his men’s attack on the bus could be seen as an act of retaliation – but while Nurmagomedov and some of his team were on board, the bus also contained fighters who had nothing to do with the incident as well as non-fighting UFC personnel.
An arrest warrant was issued for McGregor shortly after the attack and he turned himself in to the New York City Police Department. He was ordered to avoid future contact with those involved in the incident and was released on $50,000 bail with a follow-up hearing scheduled in June.
McGregor faces a dozen criminal charges including two felony counts of criminal mischief. The max sentence for both offenses combined could see McGregor behind bars for over a decade, though his status as a first-time offender means this scenario is somewhat unlikely.
He also faces ten misdemeanor charges related to menacing, attempted assault, and reckless endangerment. McGregor’s status as a citizen of Ireland could also mean his legal troubles may impact his ability to spend time in the U.S. following the incident.