Pros React to the Conor McGregor Debacle at UFC 223 Media Day

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Conor McGregor. Credit: Mike Sloan/

News that Conor McGregor was in New York for the upcoming UFC 223 card was met with excitement. Most figured he’d be cage side come Saturday, and perhaps even face off with the winner of the main event. Few expected what came next.

Conor McGregor sure knows how to make news, if you believe all press is good press, anyway. McGregor’s apparent rampage at the Barclay’s Center on Thursday, ahead of UFC 223, was not lost of his fellow fighters. Many of whom made comment on his antics — including current women’s featherweight champ Cris Cyborg, and former strawweight champion Carla Esparza, among others.

Condemnation of the stunt was nearly unanimous, as it should be. And by both attacking and injuring fellow fighters, ‘Mystic Mac’ has certainly not made himself any friends. Worse, he’s likely pushed his return date out even further, as untangling the legal mess he’s likely to find himself in could take months.

Check out some of the pointed reactions from the pros below!


UFC 223 takes place this Saturday, April 7 at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. Khabib Nurmagomedov faces Max Holloway in the main event. Artem Lobov, who was part of the fracas at the Barclay’s Center on Thursday, has been pulled from the card. Also per President Dana White, McGregor will not be at the show.

McGregor himself has been silent since tweeting in response to his lightweight title being stripped: