Conor McGregor Arrested in Miami Beach After Altercation, UFC Star Charged With Two Felonies
Posted on: March 12, 2019, 06:52h.
Last updated on: March 12, 2019, 06:52h.
Conor McGregor was arrested early Monday morning in Miami Beach after he grabbed the cell phone of an onlooker taking a photo and smashed the device.
The UFC star – who crossed over to professional boxing in August 2017 to fight Floyd Mayweather, perhaps the greatest boxer in the history of the sport – last fought in the Octagon in October 2018 against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor was the underdog entering the bout at +145. The line was right, as Conor lost in Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena by submission (neck crank). A post-fight brawl, however, marred the competition and led to the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) issuing temporary suspensions for both mixed martial arts fighters.
On Monday, Miami Beach police allege that the 30-year-old grabbed the phone of a 22-year-old man outside the Fontainebleau around 5 am. McGregor is said to have stomped on the phone several times with his foot, and then left with the broken device.
McGregor has been charged with strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief, which are both felonies.
Attorneys representing the UFC fighter have been busy in recent years.
In November of 2017, McGregor jumped into the cage after his Ireland teammate Charlie Ward won in his debut against John Redmond. McGregor wasn’t authorized as a cornerman and therefore wasn’t allowed inside the fighting space. When stopped by a commissioner, McGregor slapped the official in the face and continued celebrating.
Last April, McGregor charged at a bus inside the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn that was transporting Nurmagomedov. McGregor hurled a dolly at the bus and shattered a window. He later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, performed five days of community service, and attended anger management classes.
As for this week, his lawyers say the story is being blown out of proportion.
Conor McGregor was involved in a minor altercation involving a cell phone that resulted in a call to law enforcement. Mr. McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation,” the statement read.
McGregor went to Instagram to address the situation. He captioned a photo, “Patience in this world is a virtue I continue to work on. I love my fans dearly. Thank you all.”
McGregor posted $12,500 bail late Monday and was released.
McGregor’s temporary ban issued by the NAC is scheduled to be expire on April 5. There are already rumblings in the MMA world that McGregor wants a rematch with “The Eagle.”
Nurmagomedov’s manager Javier Mendez says nothing is set in stone. He added that until McGregor can prove he’s serious about getting back to his earlier form, his fighter won’t be entertaining a rematch.
“Khabib is not about the money, I am. Khabib goes, ‘No coach. He doesn’t deserve it (a rematch),'” Mendez told BJPenn.com recently.
Conor could get a chance to prove his worthiness by way of Donald Cerrone. Though the fight hasn’t been confirmed, it’s been speculated for months.
Should McGregor and Nurmagomedov get back in the ring, as of now Conor would again be the heavy underdog. Odds on the hypothetical match have Khabib at 1/4, or implied odds of 80 percent. McGregor is at 3/1.
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