It was only a matter of time before Conor McGregor would get sued for his antics prior to UFC 223 this past April.
TMZ first reported on Monday and Sporting News has confirmed after obtaining a copy of the complaint that UFC lightweight Michael Chiesa filed a lawsuit Monday in New York against the former two-division world champion. The complaint states that “Chiesa is accusing McGregor of negligence, emotional distress, assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent hiring, retention and supervision and respondeat superior.” However, the complaint doesn’t specify how much Chiesa is seeking from McGregor.
Chiesa, who was scheduled to face Anthony Pettis at the show, suffered cuts to his body and face after McGregor and his entourage stormed into the loading dock area of the Barclays Center, where he was looking for lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor proceeded to throw a dolly through the window of a bus, which was carrying several UFC fighters. He injured Chiesa and flyweight fighter Ray Borg as a result of the wild attack. Due to the incident, Chiesa was forced to be pulled from the event.
The complaint also states that Chiesa is suffering from “severe emotional distress, mental trauma and/or bodily harm.”
Chiesa is also accusing the arena of negligence, saying they didn’t protect him and the other fighters properly when McGregor went on his tirade.
In July, McGregor pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct as part of a plea deal with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. McGregor was sentenced to five days of community service and ordered to attend one to three days of anger management training. In addition, UFC employee Jason Ledbetter, Chiesa and Borg, were granted orders of protection against McGregor.
After nearly a two-year hiatus, the Irishman is set to make his return to the Octagon to challenge Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.