Conor McGregor’s court problems are not quite over just yet.
A complaint filed by former Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Chiesa states the fighter has suffered physical and mental damages from the attack led by McGregor this past April inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
McGregor, along with his entourage, stormed the building looking for Khabib Nurmagomedov, who just days before confronted McGregor’s teammate, Artem Lobov. Chiesa was among the many who were inside the vehicle that was damaged by McGregor.
Chiesa was scheduled to meet Anthony Pettis at UFC 223. McGregor returns to action next month to challenge Numragomedov at UFC 229.
Dmitriy Shakhnevich, a New York-based lawyer who has assisted FightLine on past legal advice, explains in further detail:
“The Complaint was commenced against McGregor, McGregor Sports and Entertainment, BSE Global and Barclays Center. Chiesa also sued “John Does,” which is what lawyers do when they want to sue somebody but don’t know the exact name/identity of that person. In this case, those folks would likely be the men with Conor when all of this happened.
“Interestingly, Chiesa did not sue the UFC, likely because they already had some sort of agreement worked out (or maybe he just didn’t want to sue his employer).
“As can be seen above, Chiesa sued McGregor’s entertainment company. That’s done by plaintiffs sometimes when they want to secure a potential wrongdoer with “deep pockets.” So instead of suing an individual who can become judgment proof, entities are sued. In this case, that’s obviously not true, because Conor has very “deep pockets.” Chiesa’s lawyers just decided to play it safe and sue everyone under the sun. It’s a smart move. They didn’t want to limit their potential recovery sources.
“The Complaint includes claims for Negligence, Negligent and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Assault, Battery and Negligent Hiring. Generally, there are basically two measures by which damages are assessed: pain and suffering and loss of earning capacity. From what I understand, Chiesa was stitched up and could not fight that night. Though I believe he has fought since then.
“Consequently, unless there is something unknown, then typically, a case like this would not exceed the low six figure range. But because this is such a high-profile matter, all bets are off. Chiesa’s lawyers did not allege a specific monetary sum in the actual Complaint. That’s smart because they don’t want to bind themselves to a figure. So now, the Complaint must be served upon all of the defendants and they will have several weeks to answer.
“Importantly though, as discussed earlier, McGregor did admit guilt to this in a criminal case, so there are really no defenses. It’s just a matter of how quickly Conor’s lawyers decide to settle this and how reasonable the demands of Chiesa’s lawyers will be.”