Conor McGregor is not one to shy away from controversy. The Irish mixed martial artist often seems to be as aggressive out of the ring as he is in it. In fact, over the years, he's almost become more famous for his non-professional fighting as he has for his athletic accomplishments, including winning the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2014.
But Mcgregor's latest scuffle seems to have a different flavor. In a video captured by TMZ in 2019, the boxer was seen violently lashing out. And his opponent seemed pretty unfairly matched to the fighting champion.
But two years on, McGregor has gone even further ...
Born on July 14th, 1988, Conor McGregor is one of the best-known fighters around.His career began in mixed martial arts at the age of twenty. By 2012, McGregor had won both the Featherweight and Lightweight Cage Warrior championships.
But his dreams were even bigger.McGregor vacated both of these titles in 2012 to sign with the UFC. He was equally successful in this sport, achieving the fastest ever knockout in history when he finished Jose Aldo in just thirteen seconds in 2015.
That's not even all of McGregor's achievements.In 2016, he defeated Eddie Alvarez in the Lightweight UFC division, making McGregor the first-ever holder of both the featherweight and lightweight titles simultaneously.
McGregor then made the move to boxing.His professional boxing career began in 2017. In his debut match, he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather - although it was the second most-watched boxing event in history, so that's a win of sorts.
Put simply, McGregor is kind of a big deal.
And his son is ridiculously cute.
And, on top of that, he appears to be a canny businessman.
McGregor is known for having some serious side hustles.From the beginning of his sporting career, he's been keen on bagging endorsement deals, including sponsorships with Beats by Dre, Monster Energy Drinks, Bud Light, and Reebok - to the tune of around $7 million.
And that's not all.
Conor McGregor has signed a deal with @DavidAugustInc, make of his "F You" pinstripe suit, to debut a menswear coll… https://t.co/F7JifpevJP— Darren Rovell (@Darren Rovell)1503575281.0
It seems like McGregor is keen to capitalize on his fame.
Because in Septemeber 2018, he set his sights on another market - the drinks industry. He launched Proper No. 12 Irish Whiskey in both his native Ireland and in the United States.
This venture has reportedly been a massive success.
Some Irish supermarkets reportedly had to put a two-bottle limit on shoppers in order to prevent the whiskey from being constantly sold out.
However, not everything is perfect for McGregor.
via: Pop CultureOver the years, McGregor has faced numerous brushes with the law. This includes an arrest for robbery in Miami earlier this year, during which he destroyed a cellphone and attempted to attack a literal bus.
And it seems as though McGregor is loathe to turn over a new leaf.
Because back in 2019, another act of violence got the whole internet rolling their eyes. Not cool, Conor.
Here's the setting of our scuffle.
via: Trip Advisor
The story took place at The Marble Arch pub in Dublin, Ireland, on August 6th, 2019, where the whole thing was captured on CCTV.
The pub was fairly full of drinkers.
And it seemed as though McGregor was in the mood for a party - or, if not, at least a fight.
McGregor seemed keen to show off his whiskey.The vid shows him walking to the bar with a bottle of Proper Whiskey, keen to share his creation with his fellow punters.
McGregor poured out shots for the bar.But one man wasn't in the mood for whiskey, and politely declined McGregor's offer. McGregor accepted the man's preferences and calmly walked away. Oh, no wait - no he didn't.
He had a far less measured reaction.Taking the refusal of his whiskey as some sort of personal slight, McGregor did what he does best - he bashed the man straight in the face.
But even weirder?The elderly victim of McGregor's left hook seemed ... fine? In fact, he didn't even fall off his barstool, which takes some pretty impressive skill.
We get that you're proud of your whiskey, Conor, but this is no way to market it!
As soon as he landed the punch, McGregor was grabbed by two other pub-goers and taken outside. The incident was reported to the Irish police.
The CCTV footage was also shown to cops.
People were seriously unhappy with McGregor.
And it seems like many on the internet agreed.
via: FacebookOne of the most vocal opponents to McGregor's violent outburst? It's the Salty Shamrock, a Florida-based Irish-themed pub.
They saw McGregor's pub scuffle, and it's safe to say that they didn't approve.They made a very public response video McGregor's actions - including flushing their entire stock of his whiskey down the toilet.
They shared the video on their Facebook page.
The Irish pub also released this statement:"Official Notice: Due to the recent cowardly and appalling behavior of the so-called Irish professional fighter Conor Mc Gregor, the Salty Shamrock Irish Pub will no longer carry his product nor associate its business with his name. 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! He is not a true representative of the Irish people."
Then, the victim spoke to the press about the incident.The man, who has chosen to remain anonymous, said, "I am sitting on the barstool just having a quiet pint with my friend then all of a sudden because I refuse his drink I get a punch! You don’t need that in life."
He was proud of how he came across in the video."Look-it, I can take a punch," he told the press. And it seems like others agree - UFC star, Stipe Miocic, was impressed with the man's "chin of steel."
The man also roasted McGregor.
Thursday's front page https://t.co/waHyZ8jlEd— Irish Daily Star (@Irish Daily Star)1566433291.0
"He is a bit of a bully, a bully with money ... I'm glad people saw the video. I don't like him," he told the Daily Star.
But now McGregor has hit back (no pun intended).
Reportedly purchasing The Marble Arch for between $2 million and $2.5 million.
And to make things even pettier?
Ye and your mans barred https://t.co/aVM5mcIA3F— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 22, 2021
He's barred his punch victim for 2 years ago. Yikes.