UFC Champ Conor McGregor Under Investigation For Bar Brawl

By David Konow 08/20/19

The MMA fighter reportedly punched an elderly man at a bar in Dublin.

UFC Champ Conor McGregor
Photo by Andrius Petrucenia - UFC 189 World Tour Aldo vs. McGregor London 2015, CC BY-SA 2.0

Conor McGregor is a UFC World Champion. On his Twitter page, he claims that he’s “making history EVERYDAY!!”

While he didn’t exactly make history this week, he once again made controversy when TMZ unearthed a video of him getting intp a bar brawl with an old man in Dublin.

As Yahoo reports, McGregor was offering sample shots of whisky to an elderly man at the bar. However, the man made it clear, twice, that he wasn’t interested. McGregor proceeded to pour shots for the other patrons at the bar.

Then the video skips forward a couple of minutes later. It’s unclear whether McGregor and the elderly man were arguing or not, but McGregor gives him a left hook to the face. Several people then jumped in and pushed McGregor away.

The police have reportedly seen this video, and TMZ reports there was an investigation after the incident took place, but they did not bring charges against McGregor.

Dana White Speaks

UFC president Dana White weighed in on the incident, saying on The Jim Rome Show, “That happened in April, and I knew that happened. They just got the video, and, yeah, it’s pretty bad… Conor has a whiskey now and it was an argument over the whiskey and 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 he punches a guy, an older man, in the face.”

White added, “When you deal with fighters, guys who fight for a living, there’s always something. If you look at some of the greatest [fighters], 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 for a disaster.”

In addition to this incident, McGregor has also recently gotten into trouble for an alleged sexual assault in Ireland, and for destroying a fan’s phone outside a nightclub in Miami, which resulted in charges of felony strong-armed robbery and misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Another Lawsuit

McGregor is also facing a lawsuit for reportedly attacking other fighters on a UFC team bus. Fellow UFC fighter Michael Chiesa was reportedly injured in the attack, and is suing McGregor for suffering “severe emotional distress, mental trauma and/or bodily harm,” according to his suit.

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