An April incident where retired mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor allegedly punched a man in Dublin pub has prompted a police investigation and a prop bet.
The altercation came to light when entertainment/sports website TMZ acquired grainy video of the attack late last week and posted it.
In the security camera footage, McGregor offers a man at the bar a sample cup of his Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey, which the man declines twice. McGregor moves on and offers samples to a few others in the pub.
The video jumps to a few minutes later. It is hard to discern if the fighter and the man at the bar exchanged any words. When the man turns away, the video appears to show McGregor punching the man in the face with his left hand.
The man remains in his seat and McGregor is whisked out of the pub by friends.
Police are investigating the altercation but no charges have been filed.
The incident is another in a short list of skirmishes the former MMA fighter has been involved including stealing and smashing a phone when the owner attempted to take a photo of the fighter. Charges were dropped and McGregor settled a civil suit.
In October 2018, after losing a fight to UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, the two men and members of their entourage were involved in a brawl which resulted in suspensions for both fighters.
In April 2018, McGregor was arrested when he threw a metal dolly into the window of a bus carrying fellow UFC fighters in Brooklyn.
Someone close to the man punched in the pub incident, said McGregor’s 50-year-old target was left “badly shaken’ by the encounter. He refused McGregor’s whiskey because he doesn’t do shots.
“His face was very sore and he definitely knew he had been punched. He was very shook by the whole thing and didn’t leave his house for days,” the source told the Irish Sunday Mirror.
The friend said the man isn’t seeking monetary compensation or an apology – he would just like the police “to deliver justice.’ “He wouldn’t have been a fan of McGregor before all this and he most certainly isn’t now,’ the source added.
McGregor hasn’t been in the cage since his loss in October to Nurmagomedov, who weighed in on the bar incident.
“These people, they have to go to jail. I told you, this guy have no class. No respect,’ he told TMZ Sports. “This is very bad for sport, you know? Some things he doing good for sport, but right now, he without his mind. He lose his mind. It’s crazy.’
UFC president Dana White called the incident “pretty bad.’
Sean Rice, the Irish owner of The Salty Shamrock Irish Pub in Apollo Beach on Florida’s West Coast, let it be known he wasn’t amused by his countryman’s behavior and flushed the bar’s remaining stock of McGregor’s whiskey down the toilet.
“Due to the recent cowardly and appalling behavior of the so-called Irish professional fighter Conor McGregor, the Salty Shamrock Irish Pub will no longer carry his product nor associate its business with his name,’ Rice wrote last week on Facebook. “We will discard his whiskey in a fashion that’s only fitting to his behavior. I challenge every Irish bar owner to do the same! ‘
MyBookie is offering odds on whether the McGregor will be arrested in this incident or in any other by the end of the year.
WILL CONOR MCGREGOR BE ARRESTED BEFORE DEC 31 2019
Our pick: NO
If the police were going to charge him, it likely would have happened by now. We do recommend McGregor not show is face at Marble Arch Pub in Dublin again, though.