Charges Filed Against Conor McGregor by Italian DJ Following Alleged Altercation

Conor McGregor, UFC 264 press conference
Conor McGregor, UFC 264 press conference Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

Conor McGregor is once again subject to legal woes.

The former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, the first man to hold two belts simultaneously in promotion history, is facing charges in Italy after an alleged altercation with an Italian DJ.

CNN was first to report the news, days after reports of the incident surfaced on social media. The cable network confirmed with Carabinieri police in Mariano Comasco, Como, Italy that charges had been pressed by Francesco Facchinetti.

41-year old Facchinetti rose to moderate fame in his native Italy in the early 2000s, though his career soon fizzled and he retired from the music industry in 2007. He later became a presenter on the Italian version of X Factor, and would return to music briefly in 2014 before continuing his reality TV career on The Voice of Italy as a coach.

In allegations that first appeared earlier this week, the DJ and reality TV performer claimed that McGregor had broken his nose in an unproved attack. CNN’s report differs slightly, with Facchinetti alleging he suffered a concussion after telling McGregor he would be leaving a party the fighter had invited him to at the St. Regis Rome hotel.

The hotel is reportedly cooperating with police, and provided a statement to CNN saying that “We continue to offer the police our full support in their investigation, and have shared all available CCTV with them.”

Facchinetti, meanwhile, told CNN that he decided to pursue charges against the professional fighter “because the world needs to know the fact that he is dangerous.”

The incident is the latest in a string of legal woes for the former UFC champ, who over the years has been investigated and occasionally charged in cases stemming from sexual assault allegations, a bar fight incident, and an altercation with a fan that resulted in a smashed cell phone.

Then there was the infamous UFC 223 bus attack, which also saw McGregor hauled before the courts after the fighter and his entourage stormed the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY in an attempt to exact revenge on Khabib Nurmagomedov, who had previously roughed up McGregor teammate Artem Lobov.