Conor McGregor came into yet another controversy this week, and now his biggest rival, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, feels it should land McGregor behind bars.
It was reported this week that McGregor was involved in an incident where he punched an elderly gentleman in an Irish pub back in April. McGregor allegedly hit the man with a hard left after rejecting an offer for a drink from McGregor.
This is the latest in a string of troubles McGregor has found himself in since UFC 223 last year, when he invaded the Barclays Center and threw a dolly into the window of a bus carrying several fighters, including Nurmagomedov.
The Dagestani UFC champion, who unifies the lightweight championship with Dustin Poirier in three weeks at UFC 242, says this event, let alone all of McGregor’s controversies, is bad for MMA.
“These people, they have to go to jail,” Nurmagomedov told TMZ. “I told you, this guy [has] no class. No respect. This is very bad for [the] sport. Some things he [is] doing [are] good for [the] sport, but right now he [is] without his mind. He [lost] his mind. It’s crazy.”
McGregor and Nurmagomedov met in a long-awaited title fight at UFC 229 back in October, with Nurmagomedov submitting the Irish star in the fourth round. Nurmagomedov proceeded to continue to trash talk and went after McGregor’s team, while McGregor brawled with some of Nurmagomedov’s corner. Both men were suspended for the incident.
Between then and now, McGregor has also faced an allegation of sexual harassment in his native Ireland and a strong-arm robbery charge down in Florida in spring.
Nurmagomedov says if McGregor is not jailed and/or doesn’t face any repercussions from the UFC, who knows what may happen next.
Government [has] to smash him. This is my opinion because I am really, really mad about this video. I don’t understand how you can punch an old man. Today, he punches [an] old guy. What’s going to happen tomorrow?
Original Story: TMZ