Michael Chiesa Sues Conor McGregor, Barclays Center For UFC 223 Bus Attack

Although the criminal portion of Conor McGregor’s legal troubles were resolved in July, the civil portion is just getting started.

UFC lightweight Michael Chiesa on Monday filed suit against McGregor, alleging the former two-division champion and several unnamed persons attacked him, causing “serious personal, economic, and other injury,” according to the complaint filed in Kings County (N.Y.) Civil Court. TMZ.com first reported the suit, which can be viewed here.

Chiesa, via his attorney Joseph W. Murray, levies a half-dozen claims against McGregor and co-defendants Barclays Center, parent company BSE Global, and the unnamed persons: negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent hiring, retention and supervision, and respondeat superior.

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Chiesa, 30, was in a bus carrying UFC 223 fighters at Barclays Center in Brooklyn when McGregor and his teammates attacked. McGregor was caught on camera throwing a hand truck through the bus window. According to footage shot inside the bus, Chiesa appeared to be cut by flying glass; he was subsequently pulled from a fight with Anthony Pettis on the April 7 card.

Chiesa wasn’t the only fighter affected. UFC flyweight Ray Borg was pulled from a fight with Brandon Moreno when his eye was injured by flying glass shards, and women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas was badly shaken up. Borg declined to file charges against McGregor.

Footage from the incident, which UFC President Dana White once called “the most disgusting thing that has ever happened” in UFC history, is now part of the promotional material for McGregor’s return at UFC 229 against lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was the intended target of the attack.

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Chiesa claims as a result of the incident, he has “been rendered sick, sore, lame and disabled,” and has “experienced pain, suffering and a loss of enjoyment of life and will experience the same in the future.” Additionally, he claims it has cost him opportunities and caused economic damages.

In June, Chiesa said McGregor’s actions cost him a shot at the title. Nurmagomedov was left without an opponent at UFC 223 when featherweight champ Max Holloway was not medically cleared to fight; in his place went Al Iaquinta, who was ranked lower than Chiesa.

“I lost a title shot,” Chiesa said. “I have proof. I was the highest ranked guy on the card. I would have stepped in to fight Khabib at the drop of a dime. But this is a sport, and I’ve always liked the way I matched up against him, and I got (expletive) out of that opportunity.”

As for damages, Chiesa asks for “an amount that exceeds the jurisdictional limits of all lower courts,” as well as court costs and any other relief the court decides.


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In an interview this past week with MMAjunkie, Chiesa said pyschological effects linger from the incident, and the UFC’s promotional materials exacerbate the situation.

“There’s definitely some residual damage, and that’s not me trying to sound like a (expletive),” Chiesa said. “I tell people to walk in my shoes before you say anything.”

Chiesa also said he relates to recent statements made on behalf of Namajunas, whose coach told ESPN.com she’s afraid to leave her house.

“We all grieve and deal with things in our own way, but it’s definitely something. I can’t get away from it,” Chiesa said. “I feel the same as her, but in a different fashion.”

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Chiesa resumed his career in July at UFC 226 and was submitted by Pettis. Chiesa missed weight for the bout and swore off the lightweight division before he stepped into the cage. It was the first time he came in heavy for a fight.

Chiesa said that while the physical and emotional parts of his case are important, lost opportunity is one of the main reasons he decided to pursue McGregor.

“My court case is about losing a title fight,” Chiesa said. “I literally had a golden opportunity ripped out from me because of (McGregor).”

McGregor, 30, struck a plea deal with New York prosecutors for his role in the alleged incident. He was given five days of community service, anger management classes, and ordered to stay away from his alleged victims, in addition to other requirements.

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Source : https://mmajunkie.com/2018/09/michael-chiesa-sues-conor-mcgregor-for-ufc-223-bus-attack

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