White Talks Alleged McGregor Bar Fight
UFC President Dana White isn’t buying the latest rumors that lightweight champion Conor McGregor allegedly punched a mob associate during a bar brawl.
But if McGregor did, White today told reporters, things can be worked out.
“Can’t be a good thing for Conor,” White said during a media luncheon Tuesday at UFC headquarters. “
But I’m sure it can be worked out, too. Jake LaMotta’s brother beat the (expletive) out of a wise guy, too, and they figured it out.”
Multiple reports claimed a famous Irish sports star – one specifically naming McGregor – got into a row Sunday night in a Dublin pub and punched a man in his 50s with alleged ties to organized crime.
According to the Irish Independent, the incident began when the sports star attempted to assault a young man, and the man in his 50s was punched when he stepped in to intervene. McGregor was then hurried out of the club and sped away.
The report claims the older man is close to convicted drug dealer Graham ‘The Wig’ Whelan, a member of the Kinahan cartel, which has been linked to an ongoing gang war in Dublin.
White is skeptical things are as bad as they sound with McGregor.
“I don’t think it’s true, because if it were true, it would be big,” White said.
“Conor can walk down the street, and it’s big news now. If this was true, I would just have to believe it would be off-the-charts crazy.”
White clarified that he has yet to hear from McGregor’s people for an official update on the situation. Right now, White is still trying to figure out a new contract for the UFC’s biggest star.
“If it’s true, we’ll end up finding out,” White said.
“I can’t chase all these things around. If they’re true, we’ll get it figured it out, and we’ll go from there.”