Conor McGregor’s rough week got even rougher on Saturday night, Just days after spending Thursday in jail following an incident at the UFC 223 media day, the Irish striker was stripped of his UFC lightweight title.
The news was announced by UFC President Dana White at the UFC 223 post-fight press conference, who flatly stated that Khabib Nurmagomedov is now the undisputed lightweight champion.
McGregor stunned the MMA world on Thursday when he arrived in New York with an entourage, went to a scheduled UFC 223 press event and proceeded to throw a hand truck through the window of a bus carrying a number of fighters set to compete at the event.
Two were left injured from broken glass and McGregor now faces charges of “felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor counts of assault, attempted assault, menacing and reckless endangerment,” per the New York Post.
Officially, the move doesn’t have anything to do with Thursday’s fracas.
White suggested last month McGregor’s reign as lightweight champion was set to end following UFC 223 due to inactivity. While that was a disingenuous stance for White to take—McGregor is currently embroiled in a contract dispute with the promotion and faced Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match that the UFC had a hand in promoting in November—there is no question his continued absence from the cage stalls the lightweight division at a time when it is overflowing with contenders.
Still, if there was any hope of McGregor retaining his title, it likely died the second he was cuffed.
So, what does the future hold for McGregor? According to White, the UFC was targeting a September return for the now-former champion, but with McGregor’s legal status up in the air, he is now completely uncertain.
McGregor is currently scheduled to return to court in New York on June 14. Don’t expect any specific details on his return to the Octagon until then.