Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor was arrested the night of March 11, 2019 in Miami Beach, Florida and charged with felony strong-armed robbery and misdemeanor criminal mischief. Ahmed Abdirzak, on vacation from England with friends, had been out at the LIV Nightclub at Miami’s Fountainebleu hotel. Abdirzak exited the nightclub along with McGregor and his entourage, but when he tried to take a photo with McGregor things turned south.
The 30-year-old McGregor smacked the phone from Abdirzak’s hand and stomped on it multiple times, before picking it up himself and walking away with it. The phone was reportedly valued at $1,000.
The entire incident was captured on surveillance video and detectives later located and arrested McGregor at his Miami Beach Airbnb. McGregor was booked into jail and released from custody approximately four hours later, after posting a $12,500 bond.
In Mid-May 2019 prosecutors dropped all charges against the former UFC champion, stating that the Abdirzak had stopped cooperating with investigators and had recanted his story. According to the The Miami Herald, Abdirzak dropped his civil lawsuit against McGregor after reaching a settlement. Abdirzak had been seeking $15,000 in damages.
Florida assistant state attorney Khalil Madani said that Abdirzak “has credibility issues as he’s changed his previously sworn testimony.” He added, “Based on the witness’s credibility issues, his unwillingness to respond to a subpoena and the inability of the witnesses to testify as to his subjective mindset, the State of Florida cannot prove the charges against Mr. McGregor beyond a reasonable doubt.”
This is the entirety of the surveillance footage. (Much of it has been sped up.) Until now only a fraction of the footage had been publicly available.
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