The former UFC lightweight champion was arrested on Monday night for allegedly smashing a fan’s mobile phone and was charged with felony strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief.
The alleged incident, which is said to have been the result of a fan trying to take a picture with the UFC’s poster boy, took place at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel.
It’s claimed the Irishman slapped the victim’s phone out of their hand before stamping on it and departing with the remains.
‘The Notorious’ was taken into custody at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center and released shortly after posting a £9440 ($12,500) bond.
Conor McGregor was swarmed by the media as he left jail but offered no comment on his latest run-in with the law.
He did, however, break his silence on the matter on Instagram, issuing a statement to his legions of fans.
Alongside a picture of himself leaving jail, he wrote: “Patience in this world is a virtue I continue to work on. I love my fans dearly. Thank you all.”
That snap was proceeded by an outrageous story update, which fans were quick to pick up on.
An hour before addressing the world, Ireland’s first UFC belt holder posted a picture of himself in the back of a police car.
And rather shockingly, the ‘Champ Champ’ had a huge grin on his face.
A few hours before breaking his silence on Instagram, McGregor – 30 – issued a statement through his lawyer, Samuel Rabin.
“Last evening Conor McGregor was involved in a minor altercation over a cell phone that resulted in a call to law enforcement,” the statement read.
“Mr. McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation.”
McGregor’s Florida arrest comes less than a week after he completed 25 hours of community service for his actions at the UFC 223 media day in New York, where he attacked a bus carrying his fellow fighters.
He pled guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct for that rampage but was initially facing two felony charges.
McGregor hasn’t set foot inside the Octagon since his UFC 229 showdown with Khabib Nurmagomedov, his successor as lightweight champion.
The Dubliner suffered a fourth-round submission loss to the undefeated Russian, who sparked a mass brawl moments after securing the biggest victory of his career.
McGregor received a six-month suspension for his part in the melee, in which he was attacked by two of Nurmagomedov’s associates.
He will be eligible to return to the cage from April 6 onwards.