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UFC releases statement concerning Conor McGregor’s actions at Barclays Center

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Esther Lin, Showtime Sports

Dana White and the New York State Athletic Commission have voiced their displeasure concerning Conor McGregor’s disruptive appearance at the Barclays Center and now UFC officials have issued a statement.

A press release from the promotion names both McGregor and Artem Lobov as the offending parties in Thursday’s incident at a media event promoting UFC 223 in Brooklyn. The incident in question saw McGregor, Lobov, and associates involved in an altercation in which objects were thrown at a bus taking fighters back to the host hotel.

At one point, McGregor threw a dolly that smashed the window of a bus carrying Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is scheduled to fight Max Holloway for the UFC lightweight title on Saturday. Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg suffered cuts from the broken glass and they have been removed from their respective bouts at UFC 223 on Saturday.

“The organization deems today’s disruption completely unacceptable and is currently working on the consequences that will follow,” the official statement reads.

Lobov has also been removed from from his scheduled fight vs. Alex Caceres.

See the full release from the UFC below:

During today’s media event at Barclays Center to promote UFC 223: Khabib vs. Holloway, Conor McGregor and Artem Lobov entered the building accompanied by over a dozen individuals.

The group, which included McGregor and Lobov, vandalized the vehicle that contained a number of athletes competing at the event taking place this weekend. NYPD was immediately alerted and is currently in the process of investigating the situation. UFC is working very closely with the New York Athletic Commission, Barclays Center security and law enforcement authorities. All parties are working together to ensure the highest standard of proper safety precautions are implemented to protect the fans and athletes.

The organization deems today’s disruption completely unacceptable and is currently working on the consequences that will follow. Immediately, Lobov has been removed from this weekend’s card and individuals involved in the incident are not welcome at tomorrow’s ceremonial weigh-in or Saturday’s event at Barclays Center.

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