Conor McGregor has been arrested and charged in Miami following altercation with a fan
It seems that Conor McGregor is never too far from controversy.
The Miami Herald News has reported that the MMA star was arrested and charged after an over-zealous fan attempted to take a picture of the former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion.
According to the arrest report, both McGregor and the fan were walking out of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach resort - home to the LIV nightclub - at 5:00 am on Monday morning when the fan tried to take a photo with his cell phone. McGregor then “slapped” the phone out of his hand and proceeded to repeatedly stomp on it.
McGregor, 30, then picked up the phone - which the victim has stated was worth $1,000 - and walked off with it.
Yes, despite not winning a professional fight in nearly three years, McGregor has finally picked up a convincing victory over a smartphone.
After the victim reported the incident to the Miami Beach police, McGregor was then located and arrested later in the day. The former UFC fighter was then transported to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, where he was charged with strong-armed robbery and misdemeanor criminal mischief, according to the Mirror.
McGregor exits the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center:
In a statement, McGregor's lawyer said: "[My client] was involved in a minor altercation involving a cell phone that resulted in a call to law enforcement. Mr. McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation."
Many of you will remember that McGregor's outlandish actions made headlines last year when he was recorded throwing a steel trolly at a tour bus carrying the current UFC Lightweight Champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
My thoughts echo that of Twitter user Nathan William, who tweeted: "If his intention was to avoid his image being captured on film I think it massively backfired". You're not wrong Nathan:
McGregor is currently serving a six-month suspension from the UFC as a result of the riot that ensued following his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov back in October of last year.
This is the all-out brawl that occurred that saw both fighters slapped with a six-month suspension:
It is believed that McGregor's return opponent will be Donald Cerrone, after the two agreed to a match over a series of tweets. However, speaking to TMZ last month, Dana White stated that the contracts for the match are "not even close to being done", so we'll just have to wait and see if this latest incident will have any impact on White's decision to let McGregor return to the octagon.