Former UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor attacked a bus full of UFC fighters alongside some friends a few days before UFC 223, allegedly wanting to get at UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Ray Borg suffered an eye injury due to the attack from the Irishman, but Borg is also claiming now that the former lightweight champion has brought some dumb fans into the world of MMA.
“The Conor McGregor era came with two things. One, a great big deal of new people watching this sport, but also a great big deal of dumb people watching this sport,” Borg said on The MMA Hour. “What really started to get to me on social media is when people starting to more or less come after my family. If you’re going to start talking crap about me and things like that, whatever, I don’t care, I have thick skin, I can take it, it doesn’t matter to me, these people don’t have faces. But when I see [people] on my social media calling my wife a fat ho and just ridiculous stuff — I mean, I had some people even telling me that they wished the dolly went through the window and blew my head off. Like, man, people are insane. So it’s sad. It is very sad to see what a lot of these MMA fans have come to, but I had to post something just to kinda defend myself in this whole situation, let people know. What the hell do I want a cop-out for? I got in this sport to make money off of beating people, not suing people, so I just felt the need to defend myself.”
McGregor has turned himself into authorities for the attack and has been released on bail, while the injuries Borg suffered caused him to be removed from the UFC 223 card. Borg and UFC 223 opponent Brandon Moreno have since been re-booked for UFC Fight Night Chile, which takes place this May.
Michael Chiesa also suffered injuries due to the attack and has filed a police report, but Borg may not take that path for himself.
“I don’t know what the process is right now,” said Borg. “Honestly, if I could tell you, ‘Yeah, I’m going to sue him; yeah, I already talked with lawyers,’ that would be something that’s not evidently true. I don’t have a lawyer. I don’t have anything in place. I don’t know what’s going on.”
UFC Fight Night Chile takes place on Saturday, May 19 from the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile with Santiago Ponzinibbio and Kamaru Usman headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on Fox Sports 1.