Conor McGregor – the former UFC champion – went to a pub and asked a fellow customer to do a shot of whiskey with him. When the older man, thought to be in his 60s, refused, the situation escalated quickly. McGregor took a swing at the man, landing a vicious jab to the face. The entire incident was captured on video.
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McGregor, according to a report by the Daily Mail, was at the Marble Arch pub in Dublin, Ireland, on April 6. Six shots of Proper Twelve whiskey, a brand that McGregor founded and owns, were poured for the patrons who were seated at the bar.
The older man refused McGregor’s offer to have a shot with him twice. McGregor seemingly became frustrated with the customer and threw a jab, which landed on the man’s cheek.
While McGregor is considered to be a high-caliber MMA fighter and striker, the customer remained in place on his barstool after taking the blow, handling the punch with a surprising amount of ease considering who threw it.
Onlookers were stunned by McGregor’s actions, and McGregor was quickly dragged out of the pub by members of the security team that was with him.
Some reports from around the time of the incident suggest that someone told McGregor, “The Russian battered you,” referencing his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov last October.
One witness stated, “McGregor was being a show off in the pub and one man didn’t like it and went up to have a word with him.”
“There was a bit of a commotion, [McGregor] was acting the mick and there was an incident,” said another. “There weren’t many people in the bar at the time, there was drink involved.”
The incident was reported to local authorities. According to the Garda – the Irish state police – “Investigations are ongoing in relation to this incident and no arrests have been made to date.”
The identity of the customer isn’t known, though local reports suggest that the man is a regular at that pub.
This isn’t the first time McGregor has been involved in a violent incident that didn’t take place in the octagon. In March, McGregor was arrested in Miami on charges of robbery and criminal mischief after he smashed a phone that was in the hand of a fan who was trying to take McGregor’s picture.
Those charges were eventually dropped, and McGregor settled a related civil suit.