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Miami, Florida (March 12, 2019)– UFC star fighter Conor McGregor was arrested Monday evening after police said he smashed a fan’s phone outside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel.

McGregor, 30, was charged with felony strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief, according to Miami Beach police.

According to an arrest report, McGregor and the fan were walking out of the resort, home to the LIV nightclub, just past 5 a.m. When the fan tried taking a photo with his cell, McGregor “slapped” the phone out of his hand, then stomped on it several times, the report said.

McGregor picked up the phone, valued at $1,000, and walked away with it, police said.

The incident was captured on surveillance video. McGregor was not arrested at the scene, but detectives spent the day investigating and later found him at a Miami Beach home on North Venetian Drive.

McGregor, a former two-division Ultimate Fighting Championship title holder who famously fought and lost to boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in August 2017, was booked into a Miami-Dade jail on Monday night. He posted bond and was released from Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center just after 10 p.m.

His Miami defense lawyer, Samuel Rabin, said in a statement that his client “was involved in a minor altercation involving a cell phone that resulted in a call to law enforcement. Mr. McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation.”

The colorful Irish fighter has been in South Florida on vacation as he prepares for his UFC comeback. A few days ago, he shared Instagram photos of a night out at the Versace Mansion on South Beach, where he celebrated his mother’s 60th birthday.

McGregor was arrested nearly one year ago in New York City after police said he attacked a charter bus carrying several UFC fighters, throwing a dolly through the window. The attack happened after a media day for UFC 223.

He was initially charged with two felonies, but ended up pleading guilty to a disorderly conduct charge. His sentence: three days of anger management courses, and five days of community service.

Conor McGregor’s Post Arrest Statement


Patience in this world is a virtue I continue to work on.
I love my fans dearly. Thank you all ❤️

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Patience in this world is a virtue I continue to work on. I love my fans dearly. Thank you all ❤️

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Released on Bond: The Rise and Fall of Conor McGregor

By Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media MMA Correspondent

UFC star Conor McGregor has been released by the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center of the Miami-Dade County Department of Corrections after posting a $12,500 bond on Monday evening, March 11, 2019.

After getting arrested in Miami Beach, Florida on two felonies for strong arm robbery and criminal mischief, Conor McGregor, one of the UFC’s finest fighters ever, has anger management issues which appear unsolved. This is not the first felony arrest for McGregor, and it may have serious implications for his career. McGregor, a 155 pound lightweight, career UFC record of 21-4 with 18 knockouts.

At 5 A.M. emerging from the Fountainbleau Hotel in Miami, McGregor allegedly slapped away a cellphone valued at $1000 from a fan trying to take a picture, stomped on it, then walked away with the phone. He was arrested later yesterday, and spent four hours in jail. The incident, captured on surveillance video, led to a $7500 robbery bond, and a $5000 criminal mischief bond, which McGregor posted.

McGregor was in Miami to celebrate his mother’s birthday at a party at the Versace Mansion with his girlfriend Dee Devlin and son Conor Jr.

The alleged cellphone incident happened only days after McGregor had finished an anger management class, along with five days of community service in New York as part of a plea bargain over a dolly-throwing incident in Brooklyn after a UFC media event in April 2018, which led to a felony charge, later plea bargained down to criminal mischief. McGregor threw a moving dolly at a bus full of UFC fighters at Barclays Center. The entire scene was caught on surveillance tape. McGregor may not be so lucky to escape the charges this time.

McGregor earned worldwide attention two years ago when he crossed over into boxing to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. McGregor’s greatest issue stems from losing to himself. His entire MMA career may be put on hold unless he can straighten out his new charges, and his life. McGregor’s career and life has been a precipitous rise and fall, now in freefall.


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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at