An Irish UFC fighter who hails from the same neighborhood as Bono is facing charges of affray in New York City alongside Conor McGregor. Cian Cowley, 25, is understood to have handed himself in alongside McGregor to the 78th precinct in Brooklyn late on April 5. Earlier that day, Cowley is believed to have been with McGregor when the Notorious MMA was shown on videos attacking a bus carrying UFC fighters in the depths of the Barclays Center. The clips show McGregor shattering a window of the bus with a dolly.
Cowley is facing charged of misdemeanor assault and one count of criminal mischief. Both MMA fighters are due to appear in court in Brooklyn on April 6. The UFC have addressed the controversy in a statement saying:
During today’s media event at Barclays Center to promote UFC 223: Khabib vs. Holloway, Conor McGregor and Artem Lobov entered the building accompanied by over a dozen individuals. The group, which included McGregor and Lobov, vandalized the vehicle that contained a number of athletes competing at the event taking place this weekend.
NYPD was immediately alerted and is currently in the process of investigating the situation. UFC is working very closely with the New York Athletic Commission, Barclays Center security and law enforcement authorities. All parties are working together to ensure the highest standard of proper safety precautions are implemented to protect the fans and athletes.
The organization deems today’s disruption completely unacceptable and is currently working on the consequences that will follow. Immediately, Lobov has been removed from this weekend’s card and individuals involved in the incident are not welcome at tomorrow’s ceremonial weigh-in or Saturday’s event at Barclays Center.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Cowley Has Previously Been Touted as the Future of Irish MMA
Prior to joining the ranks of MMA, Cowley was an established Thai boxers in Ireland, winning a national title. At the time of his switch in 2015, Pundit Arena interviewed Cowley and called him, “The Future of Irish MMA.” Cowley told the website that within 2 to 3 years he would “make it to the UFC.” Cowley talked about the wrestling side of MMA saying, “I’m working on it – I’m looking up stuff, and really concentrating on it. I’ll take the hidings and I’ll keep going.”
The decision to move to the sport was largely motivated by money. Cowley said, “Even the best Thai boxers in the world still don’t have a pot to piss in… I don’t want to look back on my career in twenty years time and have only medals to show for it. I don’t see my life being any other way than having a load of money, and a bit of fame as well.” In the article, Cowley mentioned that he had signed to MMA trainer John Kavanagh’s Straight Blast Gym.
2. Cowley Has a Small Child With Make-Up Artist Clara Kearney
According to social media posts, Cowley has a young son with Dublin-based make-up artist Clara Kearney. On his Facebook page, Cowley says that the couple have been together since 2006.
3. Cowley’s Influence on McGregor Has Been Considered Key in the Notorious MMA’s Victory Over Nate Diaz
A Vice feature that was published shortly after McGregor defeated Nate Diaz at UFC 202 credited the role played by Cowley in training camp. Cowley told the magazine, “When Conor started putting his camp together for the Diaz rematch he started to look for specific body types and skill sets that could prepare him for it. As soon as the Diaz fight was announced, I was put into Conor’s group straightaway. I was blessed to get an opportunity like that and you only have to look at how far I’ve come since then.”
4. Cowley Owns His Own Gym in Dublin
Cowley owns and trains out of his own gym, Warrior’s Gym, in the Dublin suburb of Dun Laoghaire.
5. As a Result of the Incident, Max Holloway Was Declared Medically Unfit to Fight at UFC 223
On the same morning that McGregor appeared in court, Max Holloway was pulled from the UFC 223 main event against Khabib Nurmagomedov, reports ESPN.
Source: Heavy Sports