Michael Chiesa, Conor McGregor settle bus attack lawsuit from UFC 223


Four years after Conor McGregor threw a dolly through the windshield of a bus carrying Michael Chiesa, the UFC fighters have settled their lawsuit.

Attorneys for McGregor and Chiesa on Friday filed a stipulation of discontinuance with prejudice, meaning they have agreed to not to proceed with the lawsuit – and it cannot be refiled later. Due to the sensitive nature of this matter, a person who is familiar with the case confirmed that MMA Fighting reached a settlement. The terms were not disclosed. Reps for Chiesa or McGregor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Chiesa in September 2018 filed suit against McGregor, McGregor Sports and Entertainment, the corporate parent of Madison Square Garden and others following the infamous UFC 223 bus attack; the ex-UFC champ struck a plea deal after briefly landing in jail. The criminal case was closed. However, McGregor and Chiesa fought for four years more in civil court until they reached an agreement.

Chiesa initially sued McGregor for negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault and battery, among other claims. McGregor’s attorney argued the Irish star didn’t intentionally target Chiesa and couldn’t be held liable. Initial proceedings against McGregor were dismissed by a judge who agreed to reduce the possible claims. But this past month, an appellate judge revived several of the original lawsuit’s claims, ruling that Chiesa’s claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress had improperly been dismissed, and that it was proper to name MSG as a party to the lawsuit.

Chiesa was cut by flying glass when McGregor threw the dolly through the bus window, forcing him to withdraw from a fight with Anthony Pettis on the April 7, 2018, fight card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. McGregor threw the dolly through the bus window, cutting Chiesa’s head. He claimed that this injury had not only affected his prospects for future fights but also his career.

” I literally had a golden chance ripped from me by (McGregor),” Chiesa told TMZ.

McGregor pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in his criminal case, performed five days of community service and agreed to anger management as part of his plea agreement. Chiesa stated that he was subject to online harassment by his family after the news about his lawsuit broke.

Chiesa lost to Anthony Pettis in the UFC second round. He then moved up to the welterweight division, where he went on a four-fight winning streak before back-to-back losses sapped his momentum. A regular at the UFC commentary table, he is unbooked for his next fight.

McGregor, meanwhile, remains on the sidelines after breaking his leg in a trilogy with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. Recent headlines focused on his U.S. Anti-Doping Agency status and his exclusion from the pool of drug-testing pools.

McGregor also faces a separate civil lawsuit from his former training partner, Artem Lobov, who claims he is entitled to 5 percent of the ex-champ’s $600 million deal for the rights to his Proper 12 whiskey.

Source: https://www.mmafighting.com/2022/12/2/23373819/michael-chiesa-conor-mcgregor-settle-bus-attack-lawsuit-from-ufc-223?rand=96749