Conor Mcgregor has been arrested in Miami after he slapped the phone out of a fan’s hand who tried to take pictures of him on Monday morning. The 30-year old UFC fighter was leaving the Fontainnebleau Miami Beach shortly after 5 am when a 22-year old man tried to capture his pictures.
Later, the Irish fighter stomped on the phone several times, picked it up and walked away. Police later found Mcgregor at his local address and charged him with strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief. The fighter was let off on USD 12,500 bail.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter is already facing a 6-month suspension and was fined USD 50,000 for his October post-fight brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov and his team.
Whereas, Khabib faced a suspension for nine months and was fined USD 500,000, Nurmagomedov managed to maintain his unbeaten 27-0 record. The Notorious is eligible to return in the octagon on April 6.
The controversial Irish fighter has been in South Florida on vacation as he prepares to return to the ring following a suspension from the sport.
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and lightweight champion was fined $50,000 and was suspended for six months for his involvement in a chaotic mass brawl after his loss to Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov in October.
In April 2018, McGregor was charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief after police said he attacked a charter bus in New York carrying UFC fighters, throwing a moving dolly through a window and injuring other fighters.
He later pleaded guilty to a reduced disorderly conduct charge. According to a Miami Beach police report, before being released on Monday night after posting a $12,500 bond.
"Last evening, Conor McGregor was involved in a minor altercation involving a cellphone that resulted in a call to law enforcement," Samuel J Rabin Jr, a Miami-based lawyer representing McGregor, confirmed in a statement.
"Mr McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation."
McGregor was leaving the Fontainebleau hotel shortly after 5am local time (09:00 GMT) on Monday when a 22-year-old man attempted to take a photo of the Irishman with his phone, the police report said.
Police said McGregor slapped the phone out of the man's hand, causing it to fall to the floor, before stomping on it several times.
McGregor returned to UFC last fall after a hiatus during which he made his boxing debut with a loss to Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.