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UFC fighter Connor McGregor acts out again

3-19-2019

Hudson Tran, Staff Writer

UFC superstar Connor McGregor is known for being violent inside the ring. His professional life seems to follow him outside of the ring in light of recent and past events.

Connor McGregor allegedly took a phone out of the hands of a fan and smashed it with his foot in Miami Florida on Monday morning. A video posted by TMZ shows a group of people, including McGregor, huddled around a phone on the ground. The video does not show McGregor stomping the phone, the camera was pointed in the wrong direction to see it, but the stomps are loud and can be heard. Immediately after the second stomp is heard the camera pans to McGregor lifting his foot away from the phone, then he picks it up, and the video ends.

Outside the Fountainbleau Miami Beach hotel at 5 am, 22 year-old Miami resident Ahmed Adbirzak tried to take a photo of McGregor. According to Adbirzak, McGregor reached out for a handshake but grabbed his phone instead and smashed it.

Abdirzak filed a lawsuit against McGregor accusing him of "battery, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress."

The suit also accuses him of taking the phone with him when he left the scene in an SUV. When the plaintive tried to get his phone back, McGregor laughed and said "F—k you" before leaving in the car.

The suit was served on Thursday, and Monday night he was arrested and charged with strong-arm robbery and criminal mischief. After he was released, he was spotted taking a late night jog. McGregor is still to appear in court at an un-set date.

This is not the first time the former UFC champ has displayed public violence outside the ring and been in trouble with the law for it. In April 2018, McGregor threw several objects a bus including a trash can and a dolly which shattered a window. On the bus were fighters competing at UFC 223, including Khabib Nurmagomedov. Through a plea agreement, McGregor served no jail time, completed an anger management course, and served five days of community service.

There had been tension between McGregor and Nurmagomedov prior to the bus incident. McGregor has been known to taunt his opponents. During a news conference, he offered Nurmagomedov a glass of his whiskey, knowing that he abstains from alcohol. Finally, when tensions were high, both fighters met at UFC 229. In a match to retain his lightweight title, Nurmagomedov fought McGregor but immediately following the win, jumped the cage and tried to attack McGregor's cornerman and teammate Dillon Danis. This was in reaction to racial slurs that McGregor directed towards Nurmagomedov and his team.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission put McGregor on a six-month suspension for the post-match brawl that ended a few days before the Fountainbleau incident which makes him eligible to fight again. It is uncertain if the NSAC will suspend him again, but the circumstances are different and must be considered. The altercation was not at a UFC event, and no one was hurt. During the bus incident, McGregor injured several fighters.