Newly crowned UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov had a confrontation with SBG Ireland’s Artem Lobov as of late, where “The Eagle” allegedly slapped Conor McGregor’s friend and teammate. Unhappy with the incident, McGregor retaliated by showing up to the Barclays Center on April 5 with a large entourage.
The group allegedly attacked the bus Khabib Nurmagomedov and a collection of other fighters were in. Several were injured in the fracas, including Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg. Conor McGregor would ultimately turn himself in to authorities and has since faced charges of assault and criminal mischief.
Speaking to TMZ Sports, Michael Bisping explained that he believes McGregor was attempting to protect “his boys.”
“There are no gangs in MMA,” Bisping said. “There are gangs in England. There are gangs in Dublin. There’s gangs all over the world just like right here. There are no gangs in MMA. Conor is not trying to be a gangster. Conor is just trying to look after his boys, right? Which you got to applaud him for. He made a mistake. That’s all it is.”