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New York State Athletic Commission admonishes Conor McGregor’s ‘unacceptable’ UFC 223 behavior

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The New York State Athletic Commission is not happy with Conor McGregor.
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The New York State Athletic Commission has spoken on Conor McGregor’s shocking behavior.

Earlier today, the Irish superstar stormed the Barclays Center in Brooklyn following UFC 223’s media day. McGregor and his entourage, which was composed of 15 to 20 people according to several reports, attacked a bus in the garage of the Barclays Center that carried multiple UFC 223 fighters, including top lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Videos of the altercation show McGregor and his group throwing metal barriers, chairs, and trashcans to the bus, breaking several of its windows and cutting UFC lightweight Michael Chiesa in the process.

Below is a statement from the New York State Athletic Commission released to MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi:

“The incident that occurred today at the Barclay’s Center was unacceptable and has no place in New York State sports.

Multiple published reports, including photos and video, evidently show Mr. McGregor and members of his entourage engaged in destructive, abhorrent and illegal behavior and endangered the safety of those around them. It is our understanding that local law enforcement is involved and is actively responding to the matter.

At least one fighter scheduled to fight on Saturday was purportedly injured in the incident. Medical staff will assess any injured fighters to determine whether they are fit to compete as scheduled.

The Commission has commenced a dialogue with the UFC and Barclay’s Center management in response to the incident. All parties are working together to ensure that appropriate protocols are in place for the protection of the fighters and the fans at UFC 223 and at tomorrow’s weigh-in. The Commission is also conferring with the associated security staffs to ensure that heightened safeguards are implemented prior to the weigh-in and the event.

Mr. McGregor is not licensed by the New York State Athletic Commission.”