Video emerged Friday (AEST) showing Conor McGregor allegedly punching an elderly man in the head at the bar in Ireland. TMZ Sports obtained and released the security footage, reporting that the incident took place at The Marble Arch Pub in Dublin on April 6 this year.
The altercation reportedly happened over whiskey. The victim twice opted out to a cup of Proper Twelve offered by McGregor to everyone at the bar. After the latter “downed a shot with the other drinkers, he unexpectedly threw his notorious left fist right in the face of the old man who rejected the booze,” reads the report.
McGregor was pulled out of the bar by two men, while the attacked grey hair man remained sitting on the stool. The incident was reported to police, that reportedly saw the video.
No arrests were made to date. The incident is still being investigated.
UFC President Dana White appeared on the Jim Rome Show where he said that he “knew that happened, they just got the video. It’s pretty bad”.
When asked about his reaction when he saw the video White said that “apparently this was in a pub in Ireland and it was an argument over whiskey.”
“Conor reaches out and hits him with a left hook. I don’t know the context of it, I don’t know the entire story, but yeah, he punches the guy, and older man in the face.”
When asked whether “The Notorious” was [or was not] worth the hassle, and if he had to move on from him White said:
“When you deal with fighters, guys who fight for a living, there’s always something. If you look at some of the greatest [fighters], [Mike] Tyson, what Tyson went through at his peak. Every time you take a guy, who is a professional fighter and you sprinkle a ton of money on top of it, get ready. Get ready for a disaster.”
In March McGregor was arrested and charged with robbery and criminal mischief after an altercation outside a hotel in Miami. A civil lawsuit with the victim whose phone was allegedly taken and smashed was settled, and the charges were also eventually dismissed. The incident followed the UFC 223 Media Day in New York in April 2018, known as the “bus attack” when a dolly was thrown at the vehicle with the “red corner” fighters, including Khabib Nurmagomedov on board.
Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor (21-4) was last seen inside the Octagon in October 2018 when he lost by submission in the fourth round against the reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.