Conor McGregor was arrested in Miami Beach on Monday after a fan said the Irish mixed martial arts fighter smashed his phone and then walked off, police records show.
McGregor, 30, was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional on Monday. McGregor is due back in court on April 10, five days after time runs out on a six-month suspension issued by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his role in a melee at UFC 229.
Conor McGregor may faces up to 15 years in prison in the US after allegedly smashing a fan’s phone in Miami.
Police charged the MMA fighter after the incident outside the Fontainebleau Hotel on Monday night.
According to the police report, the incident occurred while McGregor and the complainant were exiting the hotel and the fan tried to take a photo with him.
Abdirzak, a London resident, told TMZ that McGregor pulled a fast one on him and took the phone he’d pulled out for a photo when he saw the UFC star early Monday morning at Fountainebleau in Miami.
“He came to shake my hand, and as soon as he came to shake my hand, he pulled me in and grabbed my phone and started smashing it,” Abdirzak said.
Abdirzak, who works at his father’s restaurant, claims McGregor then picked his phone up and put it in his pocket while laughing. Then McGregor sped off, and a hotel manager approached.
Hours later, McGregor, 30, was under arrest, under charges which carry maximum jail sentences of 15 years and 5 years, respectively. McGregor bonded out of jail with $12,500 and gave a statement pledging cooperation through his attorney.
The father of the man whose cellphone allegedly was smashed by Conor McGregor wasn’t really a fan of the Irish star before Monday.
But now the man, Mahamad Abdirzak, is convinced McGregor is a not a good man and has given a shoutout to the man who made beat him at UFC 229.
“What McGregor did is exactly in his character,” Mahamad Abdirzak told the Daily Mail. “He’s an angry man. I’m not a fan of his at all. I prefer Khabib. He’s the fighter I like to watch, not McGregor.”
McGregor was charged in April 2018 following an attack on a bus in New York carrying UFC fighters.
He later pleaded guilty to a reduced disorderly conduct charge and turned himself into US police.
(With inputs from Reuters and AFP)