Conor McGregor‘s Thursday afternoon rampage in Brooklyn, New York absolutely decimated the UFC 223 lineup. In one fell swoop, the crazed star and his cronies caused the cancellation of a whopping three scheduled bouts.
The first bout to go was Artem Lobov’s undercard scrap with Alex Caceres. Lobov was removed from the fight for his role in the chaos at the host venue, and no replacement opponent was sought for Caceres.
Next, we learned that Michael Chiesa had been forced out of his main card scrap with former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, having sustained several facial lacerations when McGregor broke the window of a fighter transport bus with a hand trolley.
Lastly, former UFC flyweight title challenger Ray Borg was forced out of his anticipated scrap with Brandon Moreno, as he began to have vision problems that are suspected to have been caused by glass debris in his eyes.
Early this morning, we learned that McGregor is facing a panoply of serious charges for inciting this riot. We also learned that the fighters who had bouts cancelled as the results of this ugly situation will be paid. This news comes from Damon Martin on Twitter, who spoke with UFC President Dana White.
Dana White says all the guys who had their fights cancelled as a result of Conor's rampage will be paid and then they will probably be paid again after a lawsuit. #UFC223
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) April 6, 2018
While White is reported to have assured the fighters in question will be paid, we have to assume that doesn’t include Lobov, who was right there beside McGregor as it all went down. It’s also unknown whether the fighters will receive their show and win money, just their show money, or worse still, a mere portion of their show money (this has been the case in the recent past). There’s also no word on whether they’ll receive their Reebok sponsorship dollars.
Stay tuned for more details on the fallout of Conor McGregor’s rampage in Brooklyn as they emerge, and make your opinions heard in the comments section below!
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/6/2018.