While “Notorious” has not competed inside the octagon since 2016, UFC megastar Conor McGregor has been making headlines all the while. In 2017, McGregor leaped over the cage at Bellator 187 and smacked a commissioner in the face.
This year, the fighter is now facing both misdemeanor and felony charges for a fracas that went down on April 5. With all of that in mind, UFC President Dana White appears to have no plans to cut McGregor from the UFC roster. However, there are two other fighters that were given quite so much leniency with the promotion in the past.
Conor McGregor and a large entourage allegedly attacked a bus filled with UFC fighters on Thursday from inside a loading dock in Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center. UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov was on the bus at the time and is believed to have been the target of the attack.
The undefeated fighter slapped McGregor’s teammate Artem Lobov in a hotel room just days before. Multiple individuals were injured in the fracas, including Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg.
McGregor would later turn himself in to local police and is now facing misdemeanor charges of assault and a felony charge of criminal mischief. After being arraigned, McGregor made his $50,000 bail and is now permitted to travel internationally until his court date on June 14.
Three days after the incident, UFC President Dana White went on to explain that things were better between him and McGregor. The UFC head stated, “It’s good. I think that there is a mutual respect between us.”
Dana White then revealed that plans were being put in motion to get McGregor back inside the octagon before the incident unfolded. When asked if those plans may still come to fruition, White revealed he was uncertain.
With all of that in mind, there are two UFC competitors that were booted from the promotion’s roster with seemingly much less consideration.
“The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest” finalist Jesse Taylor was booted from the show and out of competition shortly after an incident in Las Vegas, Nev. back in 2008. Having a night out on the Las Vegas strip, a video of the fighter kicking out a limousine window while allegedly intoxicated quickly made its way onto the internet.
The mixed martial artist was also seen allegedly “terrorizing female guests” at the Palace Station Casino, which is operated by former UFC owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta. Shortly after the incident went public, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced that Taylor had been removed from the TUF season and was no longer on the UFC roster.
Back in 2009, Junie Browning went through a fracas of his own. The fighter was rushed to St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, Nev shortly after allegedly taking 16 pills of Klonopin in an attempt to harm himself.
The “The Ultimate Fighter 8” cast member then assault three nurses, leading to three counts of battery on a health care provider. Police later reported that the fighter told nurses “Do you know who I am? I will kill you and rape your family” during the incident.
Browning was swiftly removed from the UFC roster following the intense incident. With all of that in mind, it would appear that Conor McGregor is still possibly in good standing with the UFC president following his recent fracas.