Agent says McGregor wants to fight again as UFC 223 begins

Agent says McGregor wants to fight again as UFC 223 begins
Ultimate fighting star Conor McGregor heads to a vehicle to leave Brooklyn Criminal Court, Friday, April 6, 2018 in New York. McGregor is facing criminal charges in the wake of a backstage melee he allegedly instigated that has forced the removal of three fights from UFC's biggest card of the year. Video footage appears to show the promotion's most bankable star throwing a hand truck at a bus full of fighters after a Thursday news conference for UFC 223 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) — Conor McGregor and his hotheaded posse were banned from UFC 223 in Brooklyn after his antics during a chaotic fight week led to three fights on the card getting scrapped.

But his agent, Audie Attar, said on Twitter Saturday night as the crumbled card began that the former two-division champ “looks forward to getting back to fighting as soon as possible.”

The comment comes after MMA’s biggest star crashed the New York party this week, chucking a hand cart and a guard rail at a bus carrying several fighters on Thursday and hurting two seriously enough that they had to be pulled from their bouts. A teammate of McGregor’s, Artem Lobov, was pulled by UFC from his featherweight bout for taking part in the scuffle in the bowels of Barclays Center.

The lightened pay-per-view includes Rose Namajunas defending her 115-pound strawweight title against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, plus budding Russian star Khabib Nurmagomedov fighting for the lightweight belt against replacement opponent Al Iaquinta.