Michael Chiesa’s Lawsuit Against Conor McGregor Revealed
The UFC 223 bus episode is not in the rear-view mirror only yet for Conor McGregor. The Irish celebrity was sued by Michael Chiesa after he had been injured in the dolly-throwing episode back at UFC 223, and now we have details of the litigation. TMZ has been the first to report the particulars of the litigation in a video which you can watch at the end of the article.
According to the TMZ report, Chiesa is claiming that the UFC 223 dolly incident was a publicity stunt on the part of McGregor, and now Chiesa desires all of McGregor’s gains from his mega fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. According to the litigation, the”Son of Sam” law in New York applies to this incident, where a person convicted of a crime can not use that offense to profit. According to the suit, Chiesa believes McGregor profited in the UFC 223 incident, partially because it drew more attention to him and the card, and also because the UFC used footage of the bus assault to promote the McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov struggle at UFC 229. Remember that the UFC 229 pay-per-view has been the biggest selling PPV that the UFC has done, therefore McGregor made countless dollars for that struggle, and Chiesa wants a piece of this pie.
Can Chiesa’s suit be successful? Who knows now, and it’s possible this is eventually settled out of court. But obviously Chiesa was granted legal advice to take this as much as he could go and he’ll attempt to make some money from it, also it is hard to blame him believing he had been legitimately injured in the bus attack. So far, fans and press have laughed off Chiesa’s suit. But everyone needs to remember Chiesa received facial cuts in the bus strike that forced him off the card. He fought UFC 226 and lost by submssion into Anthony Pettis, and he should feel like he got the raw end of the deal. Chiesa is next scheduled to face Carlos Condit at the year-end UFC 232 card, but with this lawsuit in mind you need to wonder whether it will change him.
In terms of McGregor, he’s still dealing with the Nevada Athletic Commission in relation to the UFC 229 episode where Nurmagomedov jumped through the fence. It’s been rumored McGregor intends to fight in MMA again in 2019, but till we see what kind of sanction he will get for UFC 229 it’s difficult to say precisely when he’ll compete again, and contrary to who. The bus attack obviously didn’t hurt McGregor’s inventory as far as it hurt some of the other fighters that day, including Rose Namajunas, who says the bus attack emotionally scarred her and who hasn’t fought since UFC 223. While McGregor has left millions since then, other fighters who afternoon including Ray Borg were badly affected by the incident, and it’s hard to blame those who were injured from the attack to try and sue McGregor and determine what happens in the courts.