Conor McGregor’s legal team has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit by Michael Chiesa.
Chiesa is suing McGregor for his attack on the bus carrying numerous UFC fighters and employees at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., two days ahead of UFC 223 this past April. The Irishman hurled a dolly through the window of the bus shattering glass and leaving Chiesa unable to compete at the event. TMZ Sports first reported the news.
In the lawsuit, Chiesa claims that he suffered “severe emotional distress, mental trauma and/or bodily harm” as a result of “assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.”
McGregor’s legal team has countered by arguing that Chiesa was not the target of the attack, so the injuries he suffered were not intentional. McGregor was focused on Khabib Nurmagomedov, who had confronted SBG Ireland member Artem Lobov at the fighter hotel earlier in the week. As a result McGregor’s attorney, James M. Catterson, wrote in the motion that Chiesa can only claim battery and assault, not negligence or infliction of emotional distress, according to report from MMAFighting.com.
The motion also admits that while McGregor’s actions were “unquestionably inappropriate,” they should not be considered outrageous. Additionally, Catterson writes that Chiesa did not offer any specific claims of emotional distress, while also referencing his background as a “seasoned combat sports fighter.”
McGregor was arrested following his attack on the bus. He reached a plea agreement in July to avoid jail time and a criminal record. The “Notorious” pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct and was sentenced to five days of community service and one to three days of anger management evaluation.
McGregor went on to face Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title at UFC 229, where he lost via fourth-round submission. After the bout, Nurmagomedov hopped out of the Octagon to attack McGregor cornerman Dillon Danis, sparking a brawl that spilled back into the cage. In the aftermath, the UFC’s decision to use video of the bus attack as a promotional tool for the fight came under scrutiny. Both Nurmagomedov and McGregor are scheduled to appear before the Nevada Athletic Commission this month.