Pretty much the entire MMA world bore witness to what happened last Thursday during UFC 223’s media day.
Former UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, along with teammate and UFC featherweight Artem Lobov and a few hooligans from Dublin stormed the Barclays centre to wreak havoc.
McGregor ended up throwing a dolly at a fighters’ bus window which ended up injuring both Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg.
To make things worse, both fighters were forced out of their respective fights.
One of those who saw it all happen is UFC strawweight fighter Michelle Waterson, who also happens to be a teammate of Borg.
For one thing, “The Karate Hottie” is not at all pleased with what happened, especially with how it affected Borg, who was deprived of his show and possible win money.
“We are in the sport that, if you have personal beef, you can deal with it and get paid for it, instead of trying to go behind the scenes and wreak havoc among people that have nothing to do with your drama, and affect not only the fighters, the coaches, the fighters’ families, the employees of the UFC, the employees of the arena — and list goes on and on, right?” Waterson said during the UFC on FOX 29 media day on Thursday. “We just got into New York, and I’m sure the commission is shaking their heads right now, thinking why did we let these fighters come in?”
McGregor is facing three counts of assault, along with one count of criminal mischief, which he had posted bail amounting to $50,000.
Initially, UFC president Dana White described the incident to be “criminal, disgusting, and despicable”, but later changed his tune after having a talk with McGregor.
The non-action that will be imposed on McGregor is one of Waterson’s primary concerns at the moment regarding the incident since she feels it could be the precedent to other fighters behaving the same way.
“What concerns me is if nothing happens to him so that he does change his ways, that a lot of the fighters will assume that that’s what they have to do in order to gain popularity, in order to gain fame, in order to gain financial stability. And I’m sure a lot of the fighters will have no problem reverting to those ways,” Waterson said.
Waterson will be fighting Cortney Casey this weekend at UFC on FOX 29 in Glendale, Arizona.