The notoriously hot-headed MMA star Conor McGregor is in trouble again, this time for allegedly punching an elderly man in the head for refusing a free drink of whiskey.
Footage began surfacing Thursday of an April incident in a Dublin pub where the UFC star appears to punch another man at the bar. In the video, obtained by TMZ, the professional fighter tries to buy a round for the bar patrons around him.
McGregor orders shots of Proper Twelve for everyone. That’s a whiskey brand founded by McGregor himself. The victim refused the free shot, twice. That apparently agitated McGregor and he allegedly struck the man in the head with his left arm.
The victim didn’t seem to have a reaction. He continued sitting on his stool.
UFC president Dana White said he was already aware of the incident, but only saw the clip this week.
“That happened in April. I knew that happened, they just got the video. It’s pretty bad,” White said on CBS Sports Network. “Not allegedly, it’s pretty clear [it’s him]. So apparently this was in a pub in Ireland and it was an argument over whiskey. 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 yeah, he punches a guy, an older man, in the face.”
It’s not clear if McGregor will face legal actions for the incident. If so, it would hardly be his first brush with the law.
Earlier this year, he was arrested for allegedly smashing a fan’s phone. The alleged victim in that incident filed a lawsuit but later dropped it. McGregor pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct for attacking fellow UFC fighter Michael Chiesa on a bus last year, according to Yahoo Sports. He’s also being investigated for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in December, Yahoo Sports reports.
It’s not clear if McGregor will face any consequences from the UFC.
“When you deal with fighters, guys who fight for a living, there’s always something,” White said on CBS Sports. “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. Literally a disaster.”
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