Michael Chiesa doesn’t have the option of facing Conor McGregor in the octagon, like Khabib Nurmagomedov. So instead, he’s attacking him legally.
Over four months after Conor McGregor and several cohorts stormed the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY and attacked a bus carrying a number of UFC fighters, lightweight Michael Chiesa has filed a lawsuit against the star and the venue itself. Chiesa (who will soon be heading to welterweight) was one of the fighters on said bus, housing Khabib Nurmagomedov. He suffered cuts to the face from broken glass after McGregor hurled a dolly into one of the vehicle’s windows.
TMZ was first to break news of the lawsuit. Chiesa had been scheduled to fight Anthony Pettis at UFC 223 shortly after the incident, but was forced off the card due to his injuries. He would later face Pettis at UFC 225, where he missed weight, and was submitted via arm-bar. Afterward, Chiesa announced his intention to move to welterweight.
Per TMZ, the lawsuit alleges that Chiesa suffered “severe emotional distress, mental trauma and/or bodily harm” as a result of the incident. Hence he’s suing McGregor for “assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.” The Barclay’s Center, meanwhile, is targeted due to an alleged failure “to engage in proper security measures to protect the plaintiff and other patrons.”
McGregor was charged with a felony (criminal mischief) and three counts of misdemeanor assault following the incident. However, the UFC’s biggest star secured a plea deal that saw him plead guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. All other counts were dropped.
Chiesa currently has no fight scheduled. McGregor is set to face Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in Las Vegas on October 6.