UFC president Dana White has labelled the video showing Conor McGregor punching a man in a pub as ‘pretty bad’ and questions when the fighter will ‘wake up’.
A video emerged on Thursday, via TMZ, of McGregor getting into an argument with an elderly man at the bar in a pub in Ireland.
The dispute was believed to be over the man’s refusal to drink McGregor’s whiskey, with the former UFC champion resorting to throwing a left hand before being bundled out of the pub.
The 31-year-old’s latest public act of violence has been widely condemned and, while White knew about the incident before the video emerged, is not impressed with the actions of his company’s biggest star.
‘That happened in April. I knew that happened, they just got the video. It’s pretty bad,’ White told Jim Rome. ‘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 he punches a guy, an older man, in the face.
‘I knew that he had, had an altercation at a bar but I didn’t know with who or any of that, I didn’t know anything, I just knew it happened.
‘When you deal with fighters, guys who fight for a living, there’s always something. If you look at some of the greatest, [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.’
The former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion has courted controversy numerous times in recent year, be it attacking a bus carrying fellow fighters in New York, or smashing a fan’s phone in Miami.
White says these incidents have cost McGregor huge amounts of money but doesn’t know what it will take to stop the Irishman causing havoc across the globe.
‘You get to a point where you look at a guy like Conor and you look at the bus incident in New York and the camera, the phone, the guy took the picture of him in Miami and he slaps the phone [away from him] — what’s the number?’ White asked.
‘What’s it going to cost Conor McGregor before he decides “all right, this isn’t worth it, enough is enough, I need to stop doing this”.
‘The incident in New York cost him millions. Millions he had to pay out. He had to pay the guy with the phone. What’s he going to pay this guy that he hit in the bar?
‘The list just goes on and on. I just don’t know when he wakes up and says, “I’ve got to stop doing this.”’
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