After a series of plot twists befitting a Broadway theatre, the UFC had hoped to bring clarity to its chaotic lightweight division with Saturday's UFC 223 fight card in Brooklyn, but it will be overshadowed by the one man not on it - Conor McGregor.
The victor of today's UFC 223 main event at Barclays Centre was set to take the belt, but that bout was scratched when one contender failed to make weigh-in, and three preliminary fights were cancelled over the fall-out from McGregor's rampage during the media day.
Ahead of the court appearance, McGregor and Cowley were seen separately being escorted out of the NYPD's 78th precinct building and into cars, with their hands apparently restrained behind their backs. Walden said McGregor is "the most visible face on the planet" and has no criminal history.
Some might say that McGregor's antics ultimately are good for the UFC, as bad press sometimes is good press in the combat sports world. "They threw a chair through the window of our bus and we're stuck at Barclays arena".
Due to the injuries, three fights were taken off the card for UFC 223.
McGregor has been allowed to return to Ireland, but will return to court on June 14 and is facing a maximum jail sentence of seven years.
"This is bigger than Conor McGregor getting fired, he's probably going to be a convicted felon when this is over". The dolly struck one of the fighters and also shattered a window, spraying others with glass.
McGregor was charged with felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor counts of assault, attempted assault, menacing and reckless endangerment.Читайте также: Patrick J. Adams planning to buy Meghan Markle a healthy wedding gift
Bail for Cian Cowley, also involved in the alleged incident, was set at $25,000.
Lobov was confronted by Nurmagomedov earlier during the week, which is what is said to have angered McGregor to the point of him causing this chaos.
Straight after the bus incident, Nurmagomedov called out McGregor and seemed to challenge him to an unregulated fight.
And while Dana White does seem to be upset about his actions, there's no way they don't capitalize on this.
So, what does the future hold for McGregor? Fighter Max Holloway tweeted Friday that he'd been forced to withdraw from his top-billed match against Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title, which UFC is stripping from McGregor because of his long absence from UFC fights.
Nurmagomedov knows exactly who he wants to fight if he wins UFC gold this weekend.
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