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Two fighters pulled from UFC 223 due to injuries suffered in McGregor rampage

Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg have been pulled on medical grounds, also leaving their opponents without a fight or purse.

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TWO UFC COMPETITORS have been pulled from their respective UFC 223 fights on medical grounds after suffering injuries during Conor McGregor’s attack on a fighter bus on Thursday.

Lightweight Michael Chiesa was cut to the face and head by shattered glass during McGregor’s rampage, and though he was deemed not to require stitches in hospital, was subsequently withdrawn from his fight with Anthony Pettis after medical assessment by the New York State Athletic Commission.

Ray Borg has also been withdrawn on medical grounds: the number three-ranked flyweight was sat alongside Chiesa on the bus, and reported to hospital hours later with an eye problem believed also to have been inflicted by a flying shard of glass.

Chiesa and Borg, along with respective opponents Anthony Pettis and Brandon Moreno, will go without a fight or paycheck this weekend as it stands – this despite having completed full training camps.

The same fate has befallen Alex Caceres in slightly different circumstances: his fight with McGregor’s SBG gym-mate, Artem Lobov, was cancelled due to Lobov’s role in Thursday’s fracas.

UFC 223 was scheduled to have 12 fights – a figure which has now been reduced to nine with the weigh-in still to come.

The NYPD are investigating the incident at Barclays Center along with McGregor’s role in it, and wish to speak with the UFC lightweight champion. No warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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