We wanted to know where Conor McGregor was.
Well we found him.
On April 5, UFC 223 media day, Conor McGregor (21-3) and his Straight Blast Gym associates retaliated against the new undisputed (yet still heavily disputed) UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0) for him and his camp’s actions against McGregor’s SBG teammate Artem Lobov (14-14).
But their retaliative actions went far past martial arts.
McGregor was caught on camera throwing a hand dolly through the window of the bus carrying Nurmagomedov and his team.
McGregor’s teammate Cian Cowley (0-1) was also recorded throwing a steel chair through the windshield.
Although they were the targets, Nurmagomedov and his team were not the only ones affected if they were affected at all.
As a result of these actions, three fights on the UFC 223 card were pulled due to either injuries or discipline.
Michael Chiesa (14-3) was pulled from his lightweight with Anthony Pettis (20-7) due to a facial laceration caused by the glass window breaking from the dolly McGregor threw.
Ray Borg (11-3) was pulled from his flyweight bout with Brandon Moreno (14-4) due to an eye injury caused also caused by the glass shattering from the dolly.
Lobov was pulled from his fight with Alex Caceres (13-11) for his involvement in the chaos.
But at least he didn’t go to jail.
The same evening of the media day siege McGregor and Cowley turned themselves into the 78th precinct in Brooklyn, New York.
McGregor was formally charged with three misdemeanor counts of assault and one felony count of criminal mischief.
The mainstream media frenzy has simmered ever since and McGregor and his chum Cowley have court dates set for June 14.
But now everyone wants to know, what will the UFC do to McGregor?
When Michelle Beadle asked about whether McGregor was cut from the UFC, company president Dana White had a funny response.
“This is bigger than ‘is Conor McGregor getting fired’,” White said. “It’s so bad, the guy had to turn himself in and he’s probably going to be a convicted felon when this is over.”
White managed to completely evade answering the question proposed because of course Conor McGregor is going to fight in the damn UFC again.
Mike Tyson boxed again, and he’s a convicted rapist.
I’m not trying to justify McGregor’s actions and I’m also not trying to compare the severity of his actions with the severity of someone else’s.
I’m just trying to be real.
McGregor is unarguably the biggest star in the history of the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.
You see all these massive media companies freaking out about this skirmish, but it’s a team of Irish MMA fighters and a team of Russian MMA fighters peaking their tension.
Obviously it’s not the best location to have this occur, but is that far fetched?
I don’t think so, and even if the New York State Athletic Commission floods him in fines, he’ll pay them.
Conor McGregor is untouchable, and even if he was touchable Dana White will find a way to get him back in the octagon.
Of course, we as fans, fighters and writers have to see how this situation plays out.
It’s impossible to ignore there are business decisions the UFC has to make about having McGregor fight. But they have to do all that after the brass makes their business decisions about McGregor fight-ing.
Fighters fight, Conor will be back soon.