Yesterday Michael Chiesa was injured after an incident involving Conor McGregor, Artem Lobov, Charlie Ward, and other members of the Irishman’s entourage. The incident happened underneath the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and culminated in a bus window being smashed, which reportedly caused multiple lacerations on Michael Chiesa’s face.
As a result of his injuries, which required hospitalization, and the interruptions to his weight cutting, Chiesa was pulled from his UFC 223 match-up with former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.
TMZ Sports reports that Chiesa has filed a police report against Conor McGregor (who is reportedly being charged with three counts of assault).
That outlet stated the following:
Our sources say Michael Chiesa -- who was hospitalized with facial lacerations -- spoke with cops at the arena after the incident on Thursday ... and again when they visited his hotel later that night.
TMZ further stated that, according to their sources, one of three counts of assault reportedly levied against McGregor corresponds to Chiesa’s report.
The fight against Pettis would have been Chiesa’s first fight in almost a year. His last bout was the headliner, against Kevin Lee, at UFC Fight Night 112 in June 2017. He lost that fight via a controversial submission.
Prior to that fight Chiesa had a bout with former UFC 223 headliner Tony Ferguson canceled. Chiesa is a veteran of The Ultimate Fighter: Live, a show he won in 2012 (in a match-up with UFC 223’s Al Iaquinta). Since then Chiesa has gone 6-3 in the UFC with wins over Francisco Trinaldo, Mitch Clarke, and Beneil Dariush.
Other fighters reportedly affected by the incident involving Conor McGregor include Ray Borg (who was removed from his fight with Brandon Moreno due to alleged shrapnel in his eye) and UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas (who remains on in UFC 223 co-main event). It is unclear if these fighters have also filed police reports against McGregor.