Conor McGregor is once again making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) “champ-champ” was arrested earlier this morning (Mon., March 11, 2019) in Miami, Fla., after he allegedly had a run-in with an overzealous fan.
According to the Miami Herald, “Notorious” allegedly slapped a phone out of a fan’s hand who was trying to snap a picture of the him outside of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel at around 5 a.m. ET. Per the report, McGregor then stomped on the phone several times before picking it up and walking away with it.
McGregor was not arrested on scene, but was apprehended later in the day at a beach house once police officials investigated the incident. According to the victim, Ahmed Abdirzak, the damaged phone is valued at $1,000. Furthermore, there is said to be surveillance video evidence of the incident, which has yet to surface online.
Conor’s lawyer in Miami issued a statement saying:
“Conor 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.”
Interestingly enough, “Notorious” just recently competed his mandated community service in Brooklyn, N.Y., stemming from the now-infamous bus incident last year that saw the fiery Irishman throw a dolly at a bus full of fighters in an attempt to get at Khabib Nurmagomedov.
As a result, several innocent bystanders who were set to compete at UFC 223 were caught in the crossfire, suffering cuts because of the shattered glass that forced them out of the event. Six months later, “Notorious” was involved in an ugly post-fight brawl at UFC 229 after a couple of Khabib’s teammates jumped into the cage and attacked Conor shortly after “The Eagle” submitted him to retain the Lightweight title.
That incident, though, was sparked by Khabib after he jumped over the Octagon to attack Conor’s teammate, Dillon Danis. Both Nurmagomedov and McGregor were suspended by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), with “The Eagle” getting a nine-month suspension to Conor’s six.
UFC officials have yet to release a statement on this latest incident.