Heading into the UFC 223 Media Day at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn yesterday afternoon, there were 13 fights on the card. After Conor McGregor unexpectedly showed up and went on a guardrail-throwing rampage, the card has been reduced to 10 fights.
According to the UFC, lightweight fighter Michael Chiesa has been deemed unfit to fight by the New York State Athletic Commission and the UFC medical team, due to several facial cuts he sustained as a result McGregor’s actions. Chiesa had been scheduled to fight Anthony Pettis.
Additionally, the UFC announced that flyweight Ray Borg, who was scheduled to face Brandon Moreno, has been deemed unfit to fight as well due to multiple corneal abrasions. Borg began experiencing eye issues after particles glass got lodged in there when McGregor threw an object at one the windows on the bus.
Lastly, the featherweight bout between Artem Lobov and Alex Caceres was called f because Lobov’s involvement in the incident. Lobov was with McGregor and his entourage when they stormed the loading dock at the Barclay’s Center in search Khabib Nurmagomedov. According to reports, Nurmagomedov and Lobov, one McGregor’s teammates, were involved in an altercation in Brooklyn earlier in the week, which prompted the Irish superstar to hop on a flight to NY.
As a result everything that unfolded at Media Day, UFC 223 will proceed as scheduled on Saturday, April 7 with 10 bouts. The featherweight fight between Zabit Magomedsharipov and Kyle Bochniak will move to the PPV main card.