Conor McGregor

16 Jul, 2018
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Kavanagh hoping for year-end McGregor fight

Makes Statement

Kavanagh says McGreogr could fight two or three times in 2019.

If he so wished, if he was driven to do it and said, ‘I’ve got the other side of things on lockdown, I’m confident with that’…Let’s do another three-year stretch of fighting three times a year,’ he could easily do that from a physical point of view, as long as he found the motivation. You best believe I’d be behind it. I’d love it. It’s so much fun. The experience of training him and coming out [to Las Vegas] for a couple weeks. The lead-up and buildup, the fight. There’s just a different feel to a Conor McGregor fight.

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Putin, McGregor meet

After attending the World Cup, Putin and McGregor meet.

Today I was invited to the World Cup final as a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin. This man is one of the greatest leaders of our time and I was honored to attend such a landmark event alongside him. Today was an honor for me Mr. Putin. Thank you and congratulations on an amazing World Cup. Россия вперёд!

9 Jul, 2018
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McGregor’s Cadillac Escalade impounded

A Cadillac Escalade owned by McGregor is towed away from a street in central Dublin. It is understood to have either failed to have been taxed and/or insured. McGregor was not arrested or detained after the incident, but was cautioned as the owner of the vehicle to have his documentation in order. Source:

This isn’t the first time he has been warned to sort out documents for that car. He was partying with some of his pals in a nearby location while the vehicle was being guarded. A tow truck took the vehicles to an impound west of Dublin’s city centre.

8 Jul, 2018
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White: ‘We’re not talking about a McGregor fight right now’

Makes Statement

At a post-UFC 226 press conference at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, White says any talk of McGregor’s return to The Octagon must wait until the fighter clears his legal issues.

I’m not even thinking about Conor until – I’m serious. I know they’re saying there are talks, but we’re not talking about a fight right now. Conor has to get through July. Whatever’s going to happen to him in July, we’ll figure that out. I don’t know what’s going to happen…Is he going to get fined? Is he going to be on probation? Is he going to get this, that? When that’s over with, then we’ll start talking about him fighting.

10 Jul, 2018
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McGregor given sculpture for 30th birthday

Donation

McGregor is gifted a hyper-realistic sculpture of himself, valued at £50,000, by Lithuanian-born sculptor Aspencrow, who spent five months handcrafting the 100kg sculpture from photographs alone. The artist, who has not met McGregor in person, says he knows the fighter has accepted the gift through a mutual friend. The sculpture, entitled Atlas, will be unveiled at London’s JD Malat Gallery on 14 July, McGregor’s 30th birthday.

It is an honour Conor has accepted this as a gift from me. He is a phenomenon of our time – not just a smart athlete, but also a visionary…It’s up to you what you see in it. You can see him as a prisoner, or a God, or just as a person…I like Conor McGregor – he’s a great guy…I feel he’s my soulmate. Some of the decisions he makes might not be correct, but none of us are ideal.

Good Artist- Hungry Artist! 😄🤓👍 @thenotoriousmma 🎶 #zonderling

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5 Jul, 2018
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Dyzuba hints at McGregor-Nurmagomedov fight

Makes Statement

Zenit Saint Petersburg striker Dyzuba suggests the McGregor-Nurmagomedov fight is on.

Dear Khabib, we wish you the best of luck in the upcoming fight with the Irishman Conor McGregor. This will be the most important fight in your career. This is a gift from our entire team. khabI know that you love football, so here’s a T-shirt with the first number, because you are Number 1. Good luck in the UFC.

30 Jun, 2018
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Coach Roddy: I’d love to see McGregor-Khabib by end of year

Interview

Speaking at the opening of his new SBG Charlestown facility in Dublin, Ireland, coach Roddy talks about McGregor’s return and the potential of a bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

There’s been no specific training. But it’s brewing nicely…It seems to be what the fans want, the fight the fans are looking for now. Conor loves to fight. Khabib is potentially the No. 1 contender. I see flaws in his game that we could capitalise on. Id’ love to see the fight happen before the end of the year…I don’t know how far along it is. I don’t know if there’s negotiations. But I can feel it in the air…[Conor] is always in the gym…Nerves affect some people, but Conor embraces it. He’ll go in there and it’ll be like he never left.

Owen Roddy Talks Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov, ‘Emotional’ Ali Abdelaziz – MMA Fighting

26 Jun, 2018
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Nurmagomedov manager: McGregor ‘running out of money’

Makes Statement

Aziz says McGregor only wants to fight Nurmagomedov because he is running out of money.

The last time I talked to Dana, he seemed this is the fight he wants to do. This is the biggest fight in UFC history, the biggest money maker. Conor is running out of money; this is why he agreed to fight Khabib. It’s OK — we are going to contribute to him making some money, but at the end of the day, we owe him an ass whooping. We need to get this ass whooping for Khabib and get it out of the way…[Nurmagomedov] doesn’t like the guy. We don’t like the guy. We don’t like his team. We don’t like what they represent. We don’t like what Conor represents. I like some of the stuff he does, to be honest, but he thinks he’s a gangster — I don’t think he is. Gangsters, they end in jail or get beat up.

28 Jun, 2018
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Chiesa: McGregor bus attack cost UFC title shot

Makes Statement

Chiesa says McGregor’s bus attack cost him a shot to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov after Max Holloway had pulled out. Chiesa feels had he been healthy, he would have been the clear replacement.

I don’t really got a lot to say to the guy. I lost a title shot. I have proof. I was the highest-ranked guy on the card. I would have stepped in to fight Khabib at the drop of a dime. I’ve always loved the fight with Khabib. Bless his heart, he’s a cool ass guy. But this is a sport and I’ve always liked the way I matched up against him and I got f*cked out of that opportunity. I don’t really have too many kind things to say to [McGregor]. You work your whole life for those kinds of opportunities. Do I want mine on short order? No, I’d love a training camp. Like I said, if they walk in the door now and say, ‘Hey, do you want to fight for the title in the next 10 minutes?’ I’m out the door, I’m warming up, I’m ready to go…To lose the opportunity, that’s tough. You know how this sport works, guys. Opportunities like that don’t come along. I could strike along 15 wins in a row and still not get a title shot and I lost my opportunity and my dream. I hope that I’m gonna fight my ass off to earn it back starting on July 7 against Anthony Pettis. But yeah, tough pill to swallow.

Fired-Up Michael Chiesa Blasts Conor McGregor For Costing Him Title Shot at UFC 223 – MMA Fighting

20 Jun, 2018
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Nurmagomedov: I will ‘destroy’ McGregor

Makes Statement

Nurmgomedov says he will ‘destroy’ McGregor if they were to fight.

In what round will I be able to knock McGregor out? I do not know, and no one can know this. I’m going to destroy him…I do not yet know who my opponent will be…The fight will likely take place in Las Vegas. I want to fight McGregor; the fans are also waiting for this fight. I hope that Conor wants this fight…He talked a lot but for some reason, as soon as it came down to real negotiations about the fight, he fell silent.

25 Jun, 2018
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Nurmagomedov confirms McGregor negotiations

Makes Statement

Nurmagomedov says the UFC is working on his proposed bout with McGregor.

Very soon, I’m going to come to the USA to begin my training camp. When the UFC give me fight, I’m going to come to California and I’m going to stay there in AKA with my family nine weeks before fight. I’m going to defend my Inshallah (god willing) this year. This year, I want to defend my title…About opponents, I don’t know, to be honest. I don’t know. But the UFC is working on fight, me versus Conor…If they give (me) Conor, I’m going to fight…If they give me different opponents; ‘GSP’ or the winner of (Eddie) Alvarez versus (Dustin) Poirier. It doesn’t matter, let’s go.

26 Jun, 2018
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Nurmagomedov: ‘Just send me the contract’

Makes Statement

Nurmagomedov says he is ready to sign a contract to fight McGregor.

I do not need to negotiate with you, do not need to call and ask me.. Just send me the contract. Yes, negotiations are underway.. But you need to persuade him and not me. You need to explain to him ”he will not beat you hard” agree to fight.

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Kavanagh: I’d almost bet anything Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor happens before the end of the year

Makes Statement

McGregor team’s head coach, Kavanagh, lends further weight to fellow coach Roddy’s statement last week, that the negotiations for the title fight between Nurmagomedov and McGregor are “brewing up nicely”. Kavanagh expects the matchup to take place before the end of 2018.

It’s the obvious fight, as his coach and as a fan. As a fan of MMA, it’s the fight I want to see as well. I would almost bet anything — almost bet anything — that fight happens before the end of the year. I can’t imagine it not happening.

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Namajunas dismisses McGregor apology

Makes Statement

Namajunas, who said she was traumatised by McGregor’s ‘bus attack’ says his apology wasn’t up to scratch.

I did get an Instagram message from him, but I don’t really know if that was really him. To me, that doesn’t seem like the type of, it just didn’t seem like a sincere apology from an actual person. To me, I didn’t really, I guess, consider it a real apology…It said, ‘I’m sorry for what happened,’ and then it was like, but then he immediately went on to like justifying what he did and stuff like that and the reasons why he did it…That to me was like, it really doesn’t matter. I don’t care what beef he’s got with who. That’s none of my business, I don’t need to know that information. Do you know what I mean? That doesn’t do anything for me. So there was an apology and I’m a pretty cool person and I always accept apologies, but to me, I’m like a personal person, I like face to face. That’s how I like to handle things. I feel like anything can be worked out, you just gotta talk through it as adults.

Asked if she had gotten over the incident:

No, man. When we got back home, we stayed upstairs, locked in our room because we were just paranoid about how crazy the week was. It was really tough…I’m still paranoid about everything. I have a therapist that I go see.

Rose Namajunas: I said 'f— that' to Conor McGregor's apology | Ariel Helwani's MMA Show | ESPN

14 Jun, 2018
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Attar: McGregor team focusing solely on legal matters

McGregor’s manager tells Helwani that McGregor’s team is solely working on his legal issues.

Today we’re here to focus on court, we’re not going to focus on any future plans until we handle this matter. Right now we’re in good negotiations with the district attorney, so we’re going to focus on that and we’ll focus on the future later.

Conor McGregor's Manager Audie Attar Discusses McGregor's UFC Future – MMA Fighting

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McGregor, Cowley negotiating plea deal

Plea hearing

McGregor and Cowley, who flew from Ireland on a private jet, appear in court for less than a minute regarding assault and criminal mischief charges stemming from a backstage melee in April. McGregor and Cowley’s team inform the court that they plan to negotiate a plea. The session is dismissed and the next hearing, where McGregor and Cowley’s team are expected to enter the actual plea, is announced for July 26. After the hearing  a member of the legal team read a statement from McGregor:

I regret my actions that led me here today; I understand the seriousness of this matter and I’m hopeful it gets resolved soon. Thank you, everyone.

Conor McGregor Appears at Brooklyn Courthouse, Releases Statement – MMA Fighting

6 Jun, 2018
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No.4 on Forbes Highest Paid Athletes list

Other Awards

Forbes magazine ranks McGregor as the 4th highest earning athlete in the world for 2018. McGregor earned $99 million, primarily from the $85 million he earned by boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2017. Mayweather tops the list with $285 million, with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo second and third.

Made it to number 4 on the Forbes list this year. If I had fought on the agreed May 12th bout in Rio de Janeiro, I would have surpassed Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi to take [second] place…Something came up however….Ah well, still under 30.

30 May, 2018
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The Mountain: I’d take down McGregor in 10 seconds

Makes Statement

Bjornsson, who enjoyed a slow-paced sparring session with McGregor in 2015, warns the Irishman that if they were to throw down for real, he could expect a similar fate.

Bring me shorts and put us in a cage, and I’ll fight him again. If I get a grab on him  it would be over in 10 seconds.

When asked how many McGregors it would take to beat him:

Maybe five. [In the sparring session] I knew I could take him down, but I just didn’t want to break him,. He felt really light. I had him a few times, but I just didn’t want to break him. He’s quick and slippery, so it’s hard to get a grip. There were moments where I could have just messed him [up]. There’s a huge size difference between me and him, but I’m not used to getting punched. I’m no fighter; I’m wearing jeans and shoes. I just took my shirt off, and we were joking.

The Mountain: I'd smash Conor McGregor in a UFC Octagon

28 May, 2018
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White to meet McGregor in Las Vegas

Appearance announcement

After he was not able to meet with McGregor in Liverpool, White says the meeting has been rescheduled to Las Vegas, and that he is planning for the Irishman to fight Nurmagomedov. He also says he has not seen McGregor since the incident in Brooklyn and that he is not involved in his legal defence in any way.

Conor and I are going to meet in Las Vegas,. I’m pretty confident [a lightweight title fight] is a fight that Conor wants, and I’m pretty confident that is a fight Khabib wants. So yeah, I could see that happening.

23 May, 2018
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Covington: McGregor a ‘coked up little leprechaun’

Makes Statement

Covington talks about McGregor’s attack on the UFC tour bus.

I was actually getting on a plane to New York as it happened — he’s a coked up little leprechaun…It’s funny how I put a tweet that King Colby the bounty hunter was coming after him, he turned himself in. He knows what would happen. I would dunk that nerd underwater and make him quit.

UFC 225's Colby Covington talks Rafael Dos Anjos, Spoiling Infinity Wars & Talks With WWE

3 Jun, 2018
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Calls Tennessee whiskey ageing process ‘a crime’

Makes Statement

McGregor discusses the merits of Tennessee whiskey with a fan on social media.

Thank you for this message. I recognise and respect Tennessee as solid whiskey distillers. Your methods of aging whiskey over 2 years, and in charred brand new barrels however, is a crime where I come from…Using corn, rye or wheat over grain is another conversation altogether. However, forgetting your choice of ingredients, whatever they are, you must let those ingredients age sufficiently. Allow the ingredients the correct time to age and allow them to age in barrels as old as Whiskey itself. They deserve time to reach their maximum flavor potential. We do not even know what American whiskey truly tastes like, because to gage a correct and fair opinion of it, it needs to be given the correct and fair time to age…Thank you for this message however, I appreciate it and it motivates me to continue. I respect your state, and your land, and I will be in Tennessee in the very near future. Along with all of the other major states of the United States of America. I will be there with my own Irish made Whiskey for you all.

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UFC wanted Khabib-McGregor, GSP-Diaz lightweight tournament

Appearance announcement

The UFC reportedly wanted a lightweight tournament with Nurmagomedov fighting McGregor in the fall and St-Pierre vs Diaz in August, with the two winners facing off at the end of the year. The GSP-Diaz bought was cancelled due to GSP’s illness. St-Pierre:

I’m not ready to fight yet. I need to wait until all the symptoms of my ulcer stop. It’s much better than it was but it’s not 100 percent yet. If I try to return for a training camp for a fight it will amplify and go back to what it was in the beginning. I need to get over this first for my own health and safety.

The Nurmagomedov-McGregor bout is impacted by McGregor’s legal issues. However, Nurmagomedov’s camp has also been pushing for a match up with St-Pierre instead, which they call a “legacy” bout.

20 May, 2018
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Johnson compliments McGregor

Tribute

Johnson compliments McGregor on Instagram.

McGregor responds:

Thank you Rock! Your work ethic is inspiring to me and I appreciate these words very much! Big respect my Uce.

23 May, 2018
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White, McGregor to meet in Liverpool

Appearance announcement

White says he and McGregor will meet in Liverpool in the coming weekend to discuss the fighter’s future.

We’re going to sit down and talk about his future and what’s next…Obviously, he has to deal with [his legal situation] in June. I’m flying to Liverpool this weekend for a fight there, and he and I are going to meet in Liverpool.

19 May, 2018
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Gallagher wants McGregor for next music video

Makes Statement

Gallagher says he wants McGregor to star in his next music video. He took to Twitter to praise McGregor’s documentary Notorious, which details the boxer’s early life and rise to multiple UFC winner. Gallagher posted:

I’ve just watched your film Conor McGregor biblical I want you to be in my new music video as you were LG x

17 May, 2018
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Buys £1.3m villa in Marbella

Home purchase/sale

McGregor buys £1.3m luxury villa in Marbella complete with customised gym, outdoor pool and LED driveway. The luxury home is one of 11 bespoke villas which sit on the La Resina country club estate. It has uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean Sea and the coastline of Africa, floor to ceiling windows, and even the bathrooms have views of the sea. The villa comes with all the latest smart home technology and boasts a wine cellar and an elevator.

13 May, 2018
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McGregor, O’Connell meet

Meeting

After O’Connell gave a big shout out to McGregor on The Late Late Show, the two meet, by chance, the following night, at the BAMMA 35 event in Dublin’s Three Arena.

9 May, 2018
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Namajunas rejects McGregor’s apology after UFC 223 bus incident

Makes Statement

One of the multiple fighters affected by McGregor‘s actions during UFC 223’s fight week was the strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas. Although Namajunas didn’t suffer any injuries like Chiesa or Borg, she was still shaken up by the incident as she was very close to the window that McGregor attacked. When McGregor contacted her to try to apologize, her response was short and simple, as her longtime boyfriend and former UFC heavyweight, Pat Barry told Isaac Feldman of the Outside the Cage podcast:

20 Apr, 2018
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Nurmagomedov confirms McGregor fight talks

Makes Statement

Nurmagomedov confirms his team are in negotiations with the UFC for his next fight to be with McGregor. He says he is willing to wait to face McGregor, but not for long.

We’re talking, but if it takes too long, I don’t want to do that. We won’t wait long. I want to fight Conor and if he can fight, I will fight him. If he wants to fight this year, then we can fight. Otherwise, I don’t know.

16 Apr, 2018
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Mayweather: Next fight could be in the octagon with McGregor

Makes Statement

Mayweather admits McGregor UFC fight is possible as he reveals desire to come out of retirement.

Retirement has been great but as everybody knows, I go to retirement, I come back. Is it possible I’ll come back? Yes, but if I do, it has to be in the octagon…I spoke with my team. Al Hayman says no, but I spoke with Showtime and CBS. If we can get together with Dana White and the UFC to make a mega-fight happen, one fight, it could be against Conor McGregor, we don’t know…Or we could do a multi-fight deal. But Showtime and CBS have to be involved if I do a multi-fight MMA deal…When I do go to the octagon I look forward to going to probably around 145 (lbs), if that’s a weight class. But right now I’ve got my promoter hat on…We don’t know (if we’re going to do it). (Do I want to?) Absolutely. Only if the money is right. Of course the numbers are going to be crazy…I can contradict myself. I can change my mind. I can do whatever I want to do, I’m Floyd Mayweather. I would not box again.

16 Apr, 2018
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McGregor ‘wants Nurmagomedov fight no matter what it takes’

Rumor/unconfirmed

The Irish Sun reports a source close to McGregor’s camp saying McGregor is desperate to fight Nurmagomedov. The source also says McGregor is ready to pass up on a potential UFC record payday and is willing to do all it takes to make up with UFC boss White, after his Brooklyn arrest. Source:

Conor is trying to do everything he possibly can to get back into the cage and wants Khabib no matter what it takes. He has never wanted a fight so much. He doesn’t care about the money for once, he just wants to get this guy one on one as he feels this whole situation was caused by him and he wants to make him pay. He would take this fight on for peanuts, he wants to make it happen.

8 Apr, 2018
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Nurmagomedov wants McGregor fight

Makes Statement

After Nurmagomedov’s win over Iaquinta strips McGregor of his UFC lightweight title, the Russian fighter says he wants to face McGregor in the octagon.

We have to finish this beef. Beef, chicken, or something like this. He have to stop eat Burger Kings and — you want to fight? Come. I told you guys, we’re gonna make him humble. I told you guys, I’m gonna change this game. Now, only one champion. No more fake champions. No more champion who never defend his title, or something like this. Now, UFC have champion, and this champion want to defend his title. You want to fight? Come here…Inside the cage, come. Outside the cage, let me know without camera, without all this media. Like men. He come when a lot of security here, outside the bus, inside the bus, security here, don’t let me go out. Like, he try to, ‘Hey, come out,’ like this. Why you need this show up? Let me know and that’s it, any time…He have to fight with me. Now, no more this all fake champions. You guys remember when he put tweet, ‘Beg me.’ Please, beg me…We have to finish this. It’s going to be very big fight. It’s going to be very big fight, I think. Let’s go. I am ready for this. November, September in Moscow, November in New York. Any time. Let’s go. Let’s fight in Africa or somewhere. I am here.

6 Apr, 2018
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Released on bail

Bail hearing

McGregor and Cowley appear in court, where they are charged with assault and criminal mischief. McGregor is released under $50,000 bail. He will be allowed to fly home to Ireland after the authorities decided not to seize his passport. He will return to New York on June 14 for his next court hearing, along with Cowley.

Conor McGregor's FULL court appearance

5 Apr, 2018
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Charged with assault, criminal mischief

Charged

After turning himself in to police, McGregor is charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief following a rampage at a UFC press event in Brooklyn. Police:

He’s still in custody, still at the police precinct until he’s removed to court this morning.

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McGregor attacks UFC bus, injures Chiesa

Fight

McGregor crashes UFC 222 Media Day, held at Barclays Center in New York City, an event intended to promote the upcoming lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway. McGregor, along with a group of men, chases after a coach carrying a number of UFC fighters, including Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor takes a dolly from the side of the garage and throws it at the coach, breaking a window. Chiesa suffers cuts from broken glass. Chiesa’s coach:

Conor went bananas and put a beating on the van that we were in looking for Khabib. A million security guards had to restrain him. Mike’s cut up now. He’s got marks on him, for sure. I don’t think it’s too serious.

Insane Alternate Angle of Conor McGregor Bus Attack | TMZ Sports