While he has stayed out of the spotlight since losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2017, Conor McGregor has suddenly resurfaced. The UFC Lightweight champion handed himself over to police custody after attacking a bus full of UFC fighters last weekend. McGregor has since been charged with three counts of assault. He could face up to 11 years in prison for combined charges.
What’s more, he may soon be sued for assaulting the fighters inside the bus. McGregor was caught on film after he threw a handcart at the bus’s window. He was accompanied by twenty other people in the loading area of the Barclays Center in New York. Video footage later showed McGregor trying to throw a metal barricade at the bus.
Conor McGregor Injures Fighters
Several UFC fighters inside the bus were seriously injured and have had to withdraw from scheduled fights. These fighters are expected to open lawsuits against the former UFC champion. After the incident, Dana White, the UFC President, called McGregor’s behaviour ‘disgusting.’ He also claimed that this was a ‘bad move’ for McGregor’s career, since he’s facing jail time. White had previously encouraged McGregor to take part in the boxing match against Mayweather.
According to reports, McGregor’s attack is because of a disagreement with the UFC. He is set to lose his champion title after refusing to defend it in the octagon. This means that he will no longer be the Featherweight or Lightweight champion. However, these reports have not been confirmed by the Irishman.
Mixed Martial Arts Scandal
Added to his possible jail sentence is the fact that McGregor may never have the chance to best Mayweather in a Mixed Martial Arts rematch. While it appears unlikely that a boxing champion would choose to face off in the octagon, McGregor’s assault charges might mean that he won’t be able to take part for a decade.