McGregor’s antics in Brooklyn on Thursday have created further consequences than we recently thought.
Reported earlier by MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani on social media, the UFC announced Thursday evening that the pay per view main card bout between former Lightweight champion and Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Chiesa has been scrapped from the UFC 223 card.
Michael Chiesa vs Anthony Pettis is canceled, sources say.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 6, 2018
On Thursday early afternoon at the Barclay’s Center, following a press conference, Conor McGregor and his entourage attacked a truck van full of UFC 223 competitors. McGregor himself can be seen vandalizing the vehicle with trashcans and guardrails. McGregor also threw a dolly at one of the windows of the vehicle that completely smashed it in.
It was also reported that Ray Borg had suffered eye irritation, possibly from glass shards of the broken window getting into his eyes.
Per sources, Chiesa/Pettis and Borg/Moreno are both off. Chiesa’s facial cuts, and his weight cut was thrown off. Borg started to experience problems with his eye, from the particles of glass.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 6, 2018
Chiesa was inside the vehicle and unfortunately suffered lacerations as a result of the broken window and sent to the hospital following the incident. Chiesa’s health was immediately put into question, along with the status of which he could still compete on the card or not.
Borg was also inside the vehicle and did not realize he had glass shards in his eyes until shortly after exiting the vehicle at the hotel. He was quickly transported to the hospital as well.
As of press time, McGregor has yet to still speak on his actions from Thursday evening but with Chiesa now removed from this fight, it is possible that Chiesa, Borg, Moreno and Pettis have a suitable case for a lawsuit against McGregor.
UFC 223 takes place this Saturday at the Barclays Center and will stream live on pay per view.