Back on April 5 2018 after the UFC 223 match, champion MMA fighter Conor McGregor infamously threw a dolly at a bus windshield. The broken glass cut Michael Chiesa who was on the bus and injured him. This forced Michael Chiesa to withdraw from the match scheduled against Anthony Pettis on April 7 2018.
Chiesa argued that not only did the attack injure him physically, but it also damaged his immediate bouts as well as his career. As a win against Anthony Pettis could have put him in the line for the contention for the title.
Michael Chiesa initially sued Conor McGregor for negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress and assault and battery with other claims. McGregor’s attorney made the argument that the attack against Chiesa was not intentional and couldn’t be held liable.
A judge found these claims valid and trimmed the potential claims against Conor McGregor. But this past month, another judge was appalled by the dismissal of claims of emotional distress by Michael Chiesa.
Although the criminal aspects of the cases were concluded, the case was still carried on in the civil court between the two representing attorneys. The ex-UFC champ struck a plea deal after briefly being sent to jail.
Effects the lawsuit had on both parties – Conor McGregor And Michael Chiesa
Now attorneys of both parties have come to the conclusion not to file any more claims. As well as to not reopen the lawsuit again.
Michael Chiesa claimed to have been a subject of online harassment when the news of the lawsuit became public. Conor McGregor pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in his criminal case and performed five days of jail time. He also had to attend anger management classes as a part of his plea arrangement.
Michael Chiesa went on to fight Anthony Pettis in UFC 226 after rescheduling and lost via second-round submission. He then moved to the welterweight division where he went on four win streak but two consecutive losses broke his momentum and derailed his career. Now he is a regular at the UFC commentary table and is still unbooked for his next fight.
Conor McGregor on the other hand remains on the sidelines after suffering a severe leg injury in a trilogy with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. He recently drew attention and headlines by pulling out of the USADA testing pool.
McGregor also faced a separate civil lawsuit from his longtime friend and training partner, Artem Lobov. Lobov claims he is entitled to 5 percent of the ex-champ’s multimillion deal for the right to his Proper 12 whiskey. Conor McGregor even challenged Lobov to a gym fight over the same matter.
Currently, Conor McGregor is back in rehab as a part of his injury and is planning to return to the octagon by mid-2023. But pulling out of the U.S. Anti-Doping Association testing pool which is mandatory if returning to the ring after this long of a period.