Conor McGregor in police custody after violent altercation at UFC 223 press day

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Conor McGregor is in police custody Thursday night in New York, a spokesman for the New York Police Department confirmed with MMA Fighting.

McGregor turned himself in and there is a charge pending, the spokesperson said. He was wanted for questioning in a wild incident that happened Thursday afternoon at the UFC 223 media day at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

NBC New York and Newsday were the first to report the news of McGregor being in custody. But the NYPD spokesperson noted he has not been arrested, though it’s possible he will be.

“He turned himself in, and the investigation is ongoing,” the spokesperson said. “No charges.”

During the UFC media event, McGregor, his teammate Artem Lobov (who was slated to fight on the card) and other members of their team stormed the backstage area of Barclays Center and vandalized a UFC bus, which had fighters on it. McGregor was captured on video tossing a dolly at the bus, smashing a window on the bus.

UFC fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg were injured in the attack and have been removed from their fights on the UFC 223 card, which is scheduled for Saturday night at Barclays. Lobov has been yanked from his fight by the UFC as part of disciplinary action against him.

The UFC 223 main event is a lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway. McGregor’s rampage was a reported retaliation after Nurmagomedov and his team cornered Lobov in the fighter hotel Wednesday.

McGregor, the biggest star in the history of the UFC, has been the lightweight champion since November 2016, but was expected to be stripped of the belt, because he has yet to defend it.

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