UFC fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg have both been forced out of their UFC 223 fights on Saturday night as a result of injuries they sustained when Conor McGregor and his entourage attacked a bus they were in following a media day at the Barclays Center yesterday.
Chiesa suffered multiple lacerations to his face after being showered with glass when McGregor threw a steel dolly threw one of the bus windows near where he was sitting in the parking bay of the arena.
The fighter was taken to hospital afterwards, but had initially planned to still fight against Anthony Pettis on the main card of UFC 223. However, the New York State Athletic Commission later stepped in to rule him out of the bout due to the injuries he has suffered.
Meanwhile, Borg was left with vision problems after particles of shattered glass got into his eye a result of the same incident, leading to his preliminary card fight against Brandon Moreno also being pulled from the event.
A third fight between Artem Lobov and Alex Caceres on the prelims has also been scrapped due to Lobov’s alleged participation in the chaotic scenes in Brooklyn yesterday.
As a result of all this, UFC 223 now proceeds with just 10 fights on the card, with a featherweight fight between Zabit Magomedsharipov and Kyle Bochniak having been promoted to main card status to cover for the loss of Chiesa Vs Pettis.