The video unveiled by TMZ earlier this month shows Conor McGregor allegedly punching an older man in the face at the pub in Dublin, Ireland in April. The incident reportedly happened over the whisky dispute, when the latter refused a shot of Proper No. Twelve offered by former two-division UFC champion. “The Notorious” is expected to appear in court in October, and ready to “face what’s coming with it”.
McGregor recently appeared in the interview with Ariel Helwani and discussed the bar altercation, as well as his plans for the future in regards to competing inside the Octagon, and more.
Did Conor McGregor “in fact punch that man”?
Helwani asked McGregor “Did you in fact punch that man?”. McGregor didn’t provide a “yes or no” answer, but responded saying that “in respect to the whole entire situation we’ll let it play out, [we’ll see] what happens with it. What happened was a little hazy for me also and it was many months ago.”
“I have been making amends to make it not happen again and to be better – to be a better father, to be a better human, to be a better role model to these kids. I know a lot of kids look up to me. I have to realize that’s not the attitude of a leader, of a martial artist, of a champion. I must get my head screwed on get back in the game, fight for redemption, retribution, respect – the things that made me the man I am – and that’s what I will do.”
“In reality, it doesn’t matter what happened there, I was in the wrong. That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without having it to end the way it did.”
“I’m here to own up to that and move on and carry on and face what’s coming with it.”
Conor McGregor (21-4) is former UFC champion in two weight classes, featherweight and lightweight. He 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.
“The Notorious” said he is eager to be back in the UFC, which might already happen end of this year. He expressed being ready to face either of the athletes on the UFC roster around his weight class, including Khabib Nurmagomedov, Nate Diaz, as well as Max Holloway, Jorge Masvidal, among others.
In conclusion, McGregor thanked Helwani and offered an apology.
“Thank you so much for giving me the platform to come on here and apologies to the fans and that man and to my people. And just to show that I do not feel like I’m above this, I am at fault here, and I want to own up to that.”