Last week, a video surfaced online showing Conor “The Notorious” McGregor sucker-punching an elderly man in the face while drinking at a pub in Dublin, Ireland. Footage from the April 6, 2019 assault shows the grey-haired male (thought to be in his 60’s) twice refusing shots of whiskey offered by the Irishman, just before the MMA star approaches the man and violently hits him in the face.
Unfortunately, this is just another episode in a recent series of events proving McGregor struggles with keeping his emotions in check, and with controlling his anger. Many fighters struggle distinguishing between sport and everyday life. Still, the pattern of behavior displayed by McGregor in recent years is dangerous, immature and unacceptable.
Seriously Conor? First, you’re arrested in New York City for destroying Khabib Nurmagomedov’s bus in Madison Square Garden, resulting in your arrest and injuries to members of the rival fighters entourage. Then, you fight Khabib months later and get suspended when the post-fight events break out into an all-out-brawl. Then March comes, and your charged for destroying a man’s cell phone outside a Miami nightclub. Now this?
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s former two-division title-holder has become infamous for his persona inside-and-outside of the ring. He is both entertaining and disgusting. Inside the octagon, the Irishman is capable of knocking out his opponent at any given time. Evidence now suggests that when outside of the ring, Conor is a loose cannon still capable of knocking out ANYONE whenever he deems necessary.
UFC President Dana White has to be pissed off because his cash-cow is single handedly embarrassing himself and the promotion with his irrational and inexcusable behavior. Simply put, McGregor’s celebrity and financial success have gone to the fighter’s head because he lives in a “false” world believing he is above the law and isn’t held accountable for his actions.
Then out of left field today—-Conor has a sudden attack of conscience, sitting down with ESPN for an exclusive interview where he ACTUALLY takes responsibility for his actions.
During the face-to-face with ESPN staffer Ariel Helwani, McGregor states, “I was in the wrong. That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without having it end the way it did. … I tried to make amends and I made amends back then. But it doesn’t matter. I was in the wrong. I must come here before you and take accountability and take responsibility. I owe it to the people that have been supporting me. I owe it to my mother, my father, my family. I owe it to the people who trained me in martial arts. That’s not who I am. That’s not the reason why I got into martial arts or studying combat sports. The reason I got into it was to defend against that type of scenario.”
Taking a step-back and reflecting on McGregor’s one-hundred-eighty degree turn from monster to man-at-a-crossroads, it stills seems premature the hot-blooded Irishman is turning over a new leaf so quickly after this recent media hailstorm. Actions speak louder than words and his selfishness thus far proves a lack of integrity and class within the fighter, while also displaying complete disregard for other human-beings and their personal safety.
At a certain point in time, McGregor was an international hero to many. Now, the millennial generation’s first iconic superstar is falling from grace because of his vanity as a controversial, media attention-whore. The bottom line is simple. McGregor has reduced himself to nothing other than a bully and an abomination, who is fortunate enough to have millions in the bank because Floyd Mayweather Jr. graciously carried him for ten rounds in one of the most-hyped boxing matches in the history of competitive-fighting.