MMA superstar Conor McGregor was led out of a New York City police station in handcuffs Friday morning after being charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief following an incident at UFC 223's media day.
Matt Davis of BBC Sport received confirmation of the charges from an NYPD spokesperson. WBZ-TV provided video of McGregor's exit from the police station:
McGregor crashed the press conference along with a large entourage two days before the April 7 pay-per-view, resulting in a backstage melee that left fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg injured and unable to compete, per Brett Okamoto of ESPN.
Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting reported the attack was aimed at Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was scheduled to face featherweight champion Max Holloway in the pay-per-view's main event. Nurmagomedov confronted McGregor's friend and teammate, Artem Lobov, earlier in the week, and crashing the press conference was considered "retaliation."
McGregor and others attacked the bus transporting Nurmagomedov, other fighters and UFC personnel away from the press conference, with McGregor captured on video throwing a barricade:
A window on the bus shattered after McGregor threw a dolly at it, causing the injuries to Chiesa and Borg.
Women's strawweight competitor Felice Herrig, who was on a different bus, told TMZ Sports he "put our lives in danger" (video contains profanity).
Sarah Wallace and Jonathan Dienst of NBC News 4 reported McGregor was "en route to face a judge" after he left the police station.
UFC President Dana White had earlier announced he would strip the fighter's lightweight title due to a lack of title defenses. The winner of Holloway-Nurmagomedov would be declared champion, but that fight has been canceled after the New York State Athletic Commission announced it had deemed Holloway medically unfit to compete.
McGregor won his belt in Nov. 2016 with a win over Eddie Alvarez but followed it up with a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather. He has yet to return to mixed martial arts. The 29-year-old has been one of the biggest stars in MMA over the past few years, totaling a 21-3 record in his career.