Conor McGregor is set to be charged with assault after a video of him punching an elderly man in the face in a pub in Dublin emerged yesterday.
McGregor was caught on CCTV in the Marble Arch pub hitting the man with a sucker punch after he reportedly refused to taste his own-brand whiskey.
The ex-UFC champion will now reportedly be summoned to appear at the Dublin District Court after the Director of Public Prosecutions ruled there was enough evidence to charge him.
It comes as UFC president Dana White compared McGregor to boxing legend Mike Tyson while condemning footage of the Irishman attacking the elderly man.
White described the fighter’s actions as ‘pretty bad’ and said, with rich fighters like the Irishman and Mike Tyson, you need to ‘get ready for a disaster’.
Conor McGregor, circled, punched an elderly man in the face after he had refused to try his whiskey at a pub in Dublin
UFC president Dana White has compared McGregor to Mike Tyson and condemned the footage
Tyson, now retired, faced a litany of legal issues during and after his boxing career and White said that, with rich fighters, you have to be ready for disaster
Tyson was infamously convicted of rape in 1992 at the height of his career and was sentenced to six years in prison.
He also faced a litany of legal issues after his boxing career, including pleading guilty to drug possession and driving under the influence.
McGregor will now face a minor assault charge after police completed an investigation into the altercation at the Dublin pub.
He was reportedly unhappy when the older man told him ‘I don’t want your whiskey’, sources told the Irish Sun.
It’s thought that the man reported McGregor to the police after the incident and, if convicted, the UFC star will be required to pay a fine for the offence.
Appearing on the Jim Rome Show, UFC president Dana White said: ‘When you deal with fighters, guys who fight for a living, there’s always something.
‘If you look at some of the greatest – Tyson. If you look what Tyson went through in his peak, every time you take a guy who is a professional fighter and you sprinkle a ton of money on top of it, get ready. Get ready for a disaster.’
Conor McGregor (right) sucker-punched a grey-haired man in the face in a Dublin pub after them man refused a shot of the fighter’s whiskey
McGregor was then dragged away moments after punching the man, who barely reacted
The CCTV footage showed McGregor approaching the bar, where several customers were enjoying a drink
He added: ‘You get to the point where you look at a guy like Conor, and you look at the bus incident in New York and all the other things. You look at the camera, the phone and the guy who took the picture of him in Miami when he slaps the phone. What’s the number? What’s it going to cost Conor McGregor before he decides, ”All right, this isn’t worth it. Enough is enough. I need to stop doing this”.
‘The incident in New York cost him millions. Millions he had to pay out. He had to pay the guy with the phone. What’s he going to pay this guy that he hit in the bar? The list just goes on and on. I just don’t know when he wakes up and says, ”I’ve got to stop doing this.”
McGregor was caught on CCTV in the Marble Arch pub in the Irish capital on April 6 pouring shots of his Proper Twelve whiskey – a brand which he founded and owns – for those sitting at the bar.
But after one man twice rejected his offer, McGregor threw a vicious jab into his face which caught him on the cheek, leaving onlookers stunned.
Despite being punched by one of MMA’s most high-profile fighters, the man, thought to be in his 60s, remained on his stool.
McGregor was immediately dragged away by the security team he was drinking with.
The fight was reported to police at the time, but new details emerged after TMZ published footage of the altercation.
The UFC star poured glasses of his own brand whisky for each of the customers, but one man refused to drink
McGregor tried to pour the man a drink on several occasions but he kept refusing, moving the glass away from himself
It is believed that detectives spoke to McGregor after the incident.
The CCTV shows McGregor walking into the pub wearing a tan top and large sunglasses before approaching the bar, where several men are sat drinking.
McGregor is then shown with a bottle of Famous Twelve whisky in his hand, before placing a glass in front of several men at the bar.
One man angrily moves the glass out of the way, so McGregor places another glass in front of him, which he also removes.
Not to be deterred, the fighter then pours three shots of the whiskey and begins pumping his fist in the air, as others further down the bar cheer and clap.
It led to the UFC fighter punching the customer, as shocked drinkers and staff watched on
The attack was caught on CCTV in the Marble Arch pub (file image) in Dublin on April 6. Police opened an investigation, but it is not clear if the probe is still active
Without warning, he then swings his fist into the man’s face, before being dragged outside by men who appear to be members of his own security team.
The identity of the man is unclear, though local reports claim he is a regular at the pub and is in his 60s.
It is not the first time McGregor has been investigated for violence outside the octagon.
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In March this year McGregor was arrested for robbery and criminal mischief in Miami after smashing a phone out of a fan’s hand and stamping on it when he tried to take a picture.
The charges were eventually dropped and McGregor settled a civil suit with the victim.
He was also charged with assault in New York in April 2018 after he threw a metal dolly through the window of a bus carrying rival UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov and several other fighters.
McGregor was eventually allowed to plead no contest to a single charge of disorderly conduct.
He was ordered to perform five days of community service and attend anger management classes.
Reporting on the pub incident back in April, local media quoted a witness who said: ‘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.
It is also reported someone told McGregor: ‘The Russian battered you.’
This was a reference to the Irishman’s defeat at the hands of UFC rival Khabib Nurmagomedov last October.
Another said: ‘There was a bit of a commotion, he [McGregor] was acting the mick and there was an incident.
‘There weren’t many people in the bar at the time, there was drink involved.’
McGregor was pouring glasses of his Proper Twelve whiskey for customers, but one refused