Reed Harris, UFC’s vice president of athlete development, has seen a number of intense confrontations during his career. But what happened Thursday felt different.
Harris had a front-row seat during Conor McGregor’s bus attack. During the confrontation, Harris said he feared for his life.
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The tweet, which has since been deleted by Harris, read:
“At hospital with one of my coworkers. Possible broken hand due to attack by Conor and his gang of thugs. I got cut and showered with glass. We thought we were gonna die.”
Video was released of McGregor’s rampage. In the brief clip, he can be seen throwing a security guardrail at the bus as it was attempting to leave. He also threw chairs.
McGregor arrived at UFC media day enraged at UFC president Dana White’s announcement that McGregor would no longer be the lightweight champion. White announced that the winner of the fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway at UFC 223 would be considered the lightweight champion. McGregor immediately challenged that ruling on Twitter.
Some UFC fans took issue with Harris’ tweet, questioning whether he was in that much danger. Harris defended himself, telling those fans he “thought we were in big trouble,” and “I’ve been in dozens of scuffles in UFC … This time was different.”
While Harris’ initial tweet was deleted, his responses to fans are still up.
White made it clear he was furious with McGregor’s attack, calling it a “disgusting and despicable move.”
No punishment for McGregor has been announced, but plenty of people are wondering whether McGregor will ever fight in UFC again.
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