Bodycam video shows Miami Beach police arresting Conor McGregor
Prosecutors have released new footage of star fighter Conor McGregor getting arrested at a Miami Beach home on accusations of smashing and stealing a fan’s phone outside the Fontainebleau hotel.
The footage was released Thursday more than one week after Miami-Dade prosecutors announced they had formally charged the colorful mixed martial artist with robbery by sudden snatching and criminal mischief. McGregor has pleaded not guilty.
The video shows Miami Beach officers explaining to two of McGregor’s associates that the fighter was going down to the police station.
“He took property from somebody, without a weapon. By force,” says the officer, who explains he does not need a warrant to arrest McGregor.
The 30-year-old fighter was arrested on March 11 after the dust-up with fan Ahmed Abdirzak, who along with other onlookers tried taking video of McGregor outside the iconic hotel. McGregor walked up to him, extended his left hand as if to shake his hand and then angrily “punched” the phone out of the man’s hand, according to a lawsuit later filed by the fan.
The phone fell on the ground and McGregor stomped on it repeatedly, the suit said. “The defendant then picked up the smashed phone and slipped it into his pocket before strutting to a waiting SUV,” the lawsuit said.
Abdirzak later dropped his lawsuit after reaching an out-of-court settlement with McGregor.
It is unclear whether Abdirzak, who hails from London and was on vacation in Miami during the incident, will now cooperate in a case against the fighter. If he declines to cooperate, prosecutors will likely have to drop the charges against McGregor.
McGregor is a former two-division Ultimate Fighting Championship title holder who famously fought and lost to boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in August 2017. He was planning a comeback, but then retired the same day the New York Times reported he was under investigation in Ireland on allegations of sexual assault.