UFC Exec: 'We Thought We Were Going to Die' During Conor McGregor Bus Attack

Steven Rondina@srondinaFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2018

Fighter Conor McGregor, second from right, holds up a chair as UFC president Dana White, center, tries to stop him while Eddie Alvarez, left, looks on during a news conference ahead of the UFC 205 mixed martial arts fights, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at Madison Square Garden in New York. McGregor and Alvarez will fight each other on Saturday. Also seen is fighter Stephen Thompson, far right. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Things got a little scary on Thursday afternoon as an entourage led by former UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor crashed a UFC 223 press event.

Videos were snapped of McGregor breaking the windshield and side window of a bus carrying some of the event's fighters, an act that could get him into serious trouble with the New York State Athletic Commission, or maybe even the New York Police Department.

While it was a strange thing to behold for folks on the outside, it was quite jarring for those on the inside, according to UFC vice president of athlete development Reed Harris.

"At hospital with one of my coworkers. Possible broken hand due to attack by Conor and his gang of thugs," he said in a now-deleted tweet (which has been preserved by MMAjunkie). "I got cut and showered with glass. We thought we were gonna die."

Reed Harris, who was president of WEC before joining UFC, has been in the fight business for a long time.
Reed Harris, who was president of WEC before joining UFC, has been in the fight business for a long time.Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

In addition to Harris' account, UFC lightweight Michael Chiesa (who was slated to compete Saturday night) was reportedly taken to the hospital to receive treatment. UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas was "shaken up" but ultimately fine and will remain on the card.

While many questioned whether Harris' account was exaggerated, footage shot inside the bus by fighters shows a scary scene before the vehicle left the venue (warning, NSFW language):

There are no reports of any serious injuries to this point, but three fights have been cancelled as a result of the incident. ESPN's Brett Okamoto reported that Chiesa and Ray Borg were off the card due to respective cuts and eye issues suffered due to the broken bus window. Additionally Artem Lobov, a McGregor teammate who was a part of the dust-up, is also off the card.

This is an important chapter in the developing story about McGregor's return. What punishment he receives and what sort of legal issues follow could have a huge impact in his ongoing contract negotiations.

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