Nearly a month removed from Conor McGregor’s UFC 223 Media Day meltdown in Brooklyn, N.Y., and there is still little clarity on what will happen with mixed martial arts’ biggest star or when he will fight next.
McGregor and a dozen or so other individuals entered Barclays Center on April 5, made their way to the loading dock area, and attacked a bus which was loaded with UFC 223 fighters waiting to be transported back to their hotel.
McGregor launched a hand truck through the van’s window, injuring Michael Chiesa, Ray Borg, and at least one UFC employee. Afterward, Chiesa and Borg were deemed medically unfit to fight and their UFC 223 bouts were canceled. The Irishman eventually surrendered to police, but was allowed to post bail and fly back home to Ireland.
McGregor and his team have insisted that he wants to return to the Octagon soon, but his antics in Brooklyn have certainly muddied the immediate direction of his career. HE is due back in court in June and still must face the legal consequences for his actions, but the UFC officials have yet to offer much on how they intend to handle the incident.
“He’s gotta be punished by the law first. Let’s see what happens in New York,” UFC president Dana White told TMZ Sports on Monday when asked about how the UFC would handle McGregor’s transgressions, adding that McGregor has to go through the legal process before they can schedule him for a return to the Octagon.
Who Does Conor McGregor Fight If He Returns?
There are certainly numerous fights on deck for McGregor if and when he does return. The Irishman was stripped of the UFC lightweight title after having sat on the sidelines for so long. Khabib Nurmagomedov now holds the belt after defeating Al Iaquinta at UFC 223.
Nurmagomedov is the man that McGregor was trying to find and confront at the UFC 223 Media Day, wanting to retaliate for a confrontation Dagistani fighter had with McGregor’s teammate Artem Lobov.
It would certainly be a massive fight, especially considering all of the fallout surrounding the Nurmagomedov-Lobov confrontation and McGregor’s now-famous rampage, but it won’t happen in Russia when the UFC finally opens the door there, reportedly later this year.
“If you do a fight that big, you’ve got to do it in Vegas,” White said. “Khabib will fight in Russia at some point, but it won’t be that fight. It’s too big.”
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