Conor McGregor arrested for allegedly smashing, stealing cell phone

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Conor McGregor has been arrested in Florida.

The former UFC two-division champion is being charged on two counts for allegedly smashing a fan’s phone early Monday outside a famous Miami Beach hotel, the Miami Beach Police Department confirmed with MMA Fighting.

McGregor was arrested at 5:56 p.m. local time Monday on charges of strong-armed robbery, a second-degree felony, and criminal mischief, a third-degree felony, per the arrest affidavit obtained by MMA Fighting. McGregor is being held at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on a total of $12,500 bond.

(Update: As of 10:54 p.m. local time in Miami, McGregor was out on bond.)

Per the arrest affidavit, McGregor and the alleged victim, Ahmed Abdirzak of England, were both exiting the Fountainebleu Hotel at around 5:20 a.m. Monday when Abdirzak attempted to take a photo of McGregor with his phone. McGregor allegedly slapped the phone out of Abdirzak’s hand to the floor, then stomped on it several times, damaging it. McGregor then allegedly picked the phone up and walked away with it.

Abdirzak told police that the phone was valued at $1,000. Fountainebleu is the home of famous Miami nightclub Liv.

McGregor’s attorney Samuel Rabin, of Rabin and Lopez PA, issued the following statement on the incident to MMA Fighting via spokesperson Karen Kessler:

“Last evening Conor McGregor was involved in a minor altercation over a cell phone that resulted in a call to law enforcement. Mr McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation.”

McGregor, 30, is no stranger to run-ins with the law. Last year, he was arrested on two felony counts in Brooklyn after throwing a dolly through a bus window following a UFC media day. The Dublin, Ireland native ended up accepting a deal, pleading guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct to avoid jail time in July 2018.

Per multiple reports, McGregor just recently completed his 25 hours of community service in relation to that offense at two Brooklyn churches.

McGregor last fought at UFC 229, a fourth-round submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight title fight. After that bout, Nurmagomedov jumped out of the Octagon and attacked McGregor’s cornermen, igniting a wild melee. McGregor was suspended six months and fined $50,000 by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) for his role. Nurmagomedov was suspended nine months (which can be reduced to six if he films a public-service announcement) and fined $500,000.

Both suspensions are retroactive to October 2018 when the bout took place.

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