A video has emerged appearing to show the moment Conor McGregor clashed with a fan before his arrest in Miami.
McGregor, 30, was released on bail after the incident and has been charged with ‘strong-arm robbery and criminal mischief’ after he allegedly slapped a £750 iPhone 8 out of a fan’s hand and stamped on it.
British man Ahmed Abdirzak said he feared for his life during his exchange with McGregor, which occurred outside the Fontainbleau Hotel on 11 March. TMZ have now released footage of the melee, where McGregor is shown wearing white pants and a blue top.
A phone appears to be on the ground, with several people surrounding McGregor. After being arrested on Monday evening, McGregor was released a few hours later after paying his £9,500 ($12,500) bail.
The UFC star’s lawyer said ‘Mr McGregor appreciated the response of law enforcement and pleads his full co-operation.’ McGregor himself released a short statement in the aftermath, saying: ‘Patience in this world is a virtue I continue to work on.
The arrest is McGregor’s second in America in the last year after the Irishman accepted a plea deal when he attacked a bus full of UFC fighters last April. McGregor, a two-time UFC champion, is currently serving a suspension from fighting after a post-fight brawl at UFC 229 in Las Vegas last October.
The fighter is free to return to fighting in April and is expected to fight either in the UFC’s summer schedule or in September.