Michael Chiesa’s Lawsuit Against Conor McGregor Revealed
The UFC 223 bus incident is not in the rear-view mirror just yet for Conor McGregor. The Irish superstar was sued by Michael Chiesa after he was injured in the dolly-throwing incident back at UFC 223, and now we have details of the lawsuit. TMZ was the first to report the details of the lawsuit in a video which you can watch at the end of this article.
According to the TMZ report, Chiesa is asserting that the UFC 223 dolly incident was a publicity stunt on the part of McGregor, and now Chiesa wants all of McGregor’s profits from his mega fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. According to the lawsuit, the “Son of Sam” law in New York applies to this incident, where someone convicted of a crime can’t use that crime to profit. According to the lawsuit, Chiesa believes McGregor profited from the UFC 223 incident, partly because it drew more attention to him and the card, and also because the UFC used footage of the bus attack to promote the McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov fight at UFC 229. Keep in mind the UFC 229 pay-per-view was the biggest selling PPV the UFC has ever done, so McGregor made millions of dollars for that fight, and Chiesa wants a piece of the pie.
Will Chiesa’s lawsuit be successful? Who knows at this point, and it’s possible this is eventually settled out of court. But clearly Chiesa was given legal advice to take this as far as he can go and he will try and make some money off of it, and it’s hard to blame him considering he was legitimately injured in the bus attack. So far, fans and media have laughed off Chiesa’s lawsuit. But everyone needs to remember Chiesa received facial cuts in the bus attack that forced him off the card. He later fought at UFC 226 and lost by submssion to Anthony Pettis, and he must 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 have to wonder if it will affect him.
As for McGregor, he is still dealing with the Nevada Athletic Commission in regards to the UFC 229 incident where Nurmagomedov jumped over the fence. It’s been rumored McGregor plans to fight in MMA again in 2019, but until we see what kind of sanction he’ll get for UFC 229 it’s hard to say exactly when he will compete again, and against who. The bus attack clearly didn’t hurt McGregor’s stock as much as it hurt some of the other fighters that day, including Rose Namajunas, who says the bus attack mentally scarred her and who hasn’t fought since UFC 223. While McGregor has made millions since then, other fighters that day including Ray Borg were badly affected by the incident, and it’s hard to blame those who were injured in the attack to try and sue McGregor and see what happens in the courts.
Check out the video TMZ posted below about Chiesa’s lawsuit against McGregor.