Former two division UFC champion Conor McGregor attacked a bus full of UFC fighters a few days before UFC 223 in an attempt to get at UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Michael Chiesa was one of the fighters in the bus and he would file a lawsuit against McGregor for what happened.
James A. Catterson is the attorney handling the case for McGregor and filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit according to TMZ.
“While the conduct alleged in the complaint is unquestionably inappropriate, it does not approach the rigorous standard of outrageousness as defined by New York courts, therefore further supporting the dismissal of the intentional infliction of emotional distress claim,” Catterson states in McGregor’s defense.
Catterson also alleges that McGregor was not going after Chiesa during the bus attack, so the claims of negligence and emotional distress must be eliminated or changed to claims of battery and assault.
The attorney also wrote in the motion that Chiesa shouldn’t be allowed to claim emotional distress since the fighter has failed to list how the bus attack lead to the distress.
“Chiesa, a seasoned combat sports fighter, fails to plead any allegations containing even a scintilla of factual specificity regarding the alleged emotional distress,” Catterson wrote. “The two emotional distress causes of action allege only that Defendants ‘caused severe emotion distress, mental trauma, and/or bodily harm to the plaintiff.’ The complaint contains no other information supporting these alleged emotional injuries. These boilerplate, unsubstantiated allegations do not adequately plead a claim for emotional distress, and therefore Chiesa’s intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress claims must be dismissed.”
There has been no comment from Chiesa or his legal time since the motion was filed by Catterson on McGregor’s behalf.