UFC megastar Conor McGregor threw a hand truck through the window of a UFC charter bus back on April 5. The attack was in retaliation to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s confrontation with McGregor’s teammate Artem Lobov from days earlier.
While Nurmagomedov was not harmed in the fracas, several individuals were injured as a result of the incident. Conor McGregor ultimately found himself inside a New York courtroom over the matter, where the Ireland native landed a plea deal that had all of his criminal charges dropped.
Speaking at the recent UFC 229 pre-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White offered some words concerning the incident. The UFC has been using footage of the bus attack in promotion for Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s UFC 229 main event fight on Oct. 6. White has since defended McGregor’s actions with the following statement.
“Anybody who thinks this is staged, it is the dumbest (expletive) thing I have ever heard. How did we stage this? How could we possibly have (expletive) staged this? This is real (expletive).”
“He loaded a G650 plane full of goons and flew over here to do what he did. That’s the way he is built. You attack my friend, we attack you. That’s some Dublin street (expletive) right there, that’s what that is. For guys who didn’t grow up that way, you can’t wrap your head around that. But for a guy like Conor where he comes from, that’s how you retaliate.”
“People say it definitely (helped the promotion) — yeah, because it all worked out. And yes, it is definitely part of the storyline. Every weekend we do a fight and there is a reason why two people are fighting. This reason is pretty (expletive) good.”
“I can’t tell you how much I like Conor McGregor. For a guy in my position he is a dream. As a fight fan, because I am a fight fan, he is it. He is the man. There hasn’t been anything like this since Muhammad Ali. People all over the world are McGregor fans. And the world is watching this fight.”