Ultimate Fighting Championship ring announcer Bruce Buffer has been in the Octagon to introduce some of Conor McGregor’s biggest bouts over the years, but he can’t condone the Irishman’s actions last week.
“As a whole everybody’s got their own personal reaction, but I think it’s total disgust.” Buffer told TMZ Sports of the general feeling in the MMA community. “I could say a lot of words personally, but we’ll see how it all pans out. There’s no excuse for it. It’s an insult, it’s disgusting, I mean that’s not what we’re about.
“All I can say is don’t look at the UFC, don’t look at the great fighters of mixed martial arts, any of us involved with the UFC and mixed martial arts, because this was something that occurred with one individual. It’s separate from who we are.”
McGregor and his entourage entered the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., last Thursday and attacked a bus transporting UFC fighters and employees, including Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor threw a dolly at a bus window, shattering glass and injuring fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg, both of whom were forced to withdraw from UFC 223 as a result. McGregor faces multiple charges from the incident and is due back in New York for a hearing on June 14.
The attack is believed to have been triggered by an altercation between Nurmagomedov and McGregor’s SBG Ireland teammate, Artem Lobov, at the fighter hotel earlier in the week. Lobov was also pulled from UFC 223 for his involvement in the melee.
“I don’t care who they are, anybody that justifies that has a problem,” Buffer said. “I could say something else right now, and I want to say it, but I’m telling you they have a problem. I’m being very polite.”
Buffer believes McGregor displayed total disregard for everyone involved with the UFC brand by his actions ahead of one of the Las Vegas-based promotion’s biggest events of the year.
“Shocked. Horrified. Never think anything like this would ever happen,” Buffer said. “In my 22-plus years of being in the UFC and doing everything I can in my life to build this great brand and to support this fantastic sport from my own little niche that I do, it’s like you s—t on all of us with that one move.”