Conor McGregor’s chaotic cameo at Anthony Joshua’s win is the latest episode in a turbulent year for the UFC superstar… he hospitalised a mascot, necked whisky at a bare-knuckle fight and there was a police probe at his late aunt’s wake
- Conor McGregor has not fought in the UFC for more than two years now
- Irishman is still regularly in the limelight and appears at other fights all the time
- It has been a turbulent year for him and nobody knows when he will compete
Mayhem has followed Conor McGregor ever since his golden spell in the UFC, but the level of carnage has ratcheted up over the last year.
When is he going to fight again? That’s the question asked on a weekly basis by MMA fans – but after more than two years out of the cage, we’re still not much closer to an answer – though he claims it will be December.
Rather than seeing the once-great two-weight champion lace up those gloves, his appearances in the spotlight have been as McGregor the businessman, the master marketer, the celebrity.
Often with a bottle of his Proper No. Twelve whisky or Forged Stout in hand, the 35-year-old is his usual gregarious self, suited and booted and calling out other fighters for fun, though perhaps more erratic and disheveled than before.
On Saturday night, he poured some stout down Anthony Joshua’s throat in the immediate aftermath of the British heavyweight’s KO win over Robert Helenius.
Conor McGregor was seen giving Anthony Joshua a sip of his pint on Saturday night
McGregor outlined a slate of fights starting with a return to the Octagon in December
He was captured shadow-boxing in his ringside seat while the action unfolded and also made a point of challenging KSI afterwards, saying: ‘I know your man KSI is in the crowd, and he couldn’t box eggs if he worked in an egg-boxing factory. So if he wants to get in here I’ll give him a final, the old bare-knuckle if he wants.’
KSI joins, Jake Paul, Justin Gaethje, Nate Diaz on the long list of names McGregor has said he is willing to fight this year.
It has been a turbulent few months for McGregor, even by his standards.
In February, he was involved in a horrible bike accident, when he was knocked off by a car ‘at full speed’.
Along with a photo of his bike after the crash, the Irishman wrote on Instagram: ‘Got a bang of a car just now from behind. A sun trap, the driver couldn’t see me. Full speed straight thru me.
‘Thank you God, it wasn’t my time. Thank you wrestling and judo also. Having an awareness on the landing saved my life.’
He also shared footage of an apologetic driver making amends after the crash by giving McGregor a lift home, in which he says: ‘I’m here with Mick, Mick smacked me with his car. We’ve got the bike in the back, it wasn’t our time, Mick, that’s all. God bless, and we’re f****ng’ still here, thank God. That’s all that matters.’
Just over two weeks on from the incident, McGregor admitted he was yet to shake off the trauma it has caused while also posting photos of the cupping therapy he underwent to aid his recovery.
McGregor was hit by a car while out on a bike ride in the Irish countryside at the end of January
McGregor said he is yet to overcome the ‘trauma’ of being knocked off his bike by a car at ‘full speed’
Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine whereby heated cups are placed on the skin to create a suction, which is used for a wide range of medical conditions including pain in the neck, shoulder and lower back areas.
McGregor wrote alongside a picture of him receiving the therapy: ‘Got a bang of a car full speed. Feel good tho but defo some trauma. Appreciate the help from my long time masseuse and friend, doctor pain @vasile_bria_dr_pain.’
In May, McGregor was in attendance for a bare-knuckle fight between former UFC stalwarts Mike Perry and Luke Rockhold.
He was seen downing whisky straight from the bottle in the crowd and made his way into the ring after the fight, evidently slightly worse for wear.
UFC president Dana White, when asked if he was annoyed at McGregor promoting a rival organisation, laughed it off, saying: ‘I think Conor went out and was having fun and got caught up in the moment.
‘The dude called him into the ring. You know, he did it. I also saw him pounding a bottle of Proper 12. I’m sure that had something to do with it, too.
‘Listen, man. At the end of the day, Conor has done a lot here. He’s made a lot of money. The guy is out having fun and it’s all good.’
McGregor was also seen drinking some of his own brand of whiskey at the event
Dana White insisted he has no issue with McGregor showing up at the rival promotion
The following month, McGregor punched the Miami Heat mascot ‘Burnie’ during a supposed skit to promote his cryotherapy pain relief spray TIDAL during game 4 of the NBA finals.
McGregor levelled the beloved white furry character with a vicious left hook before following up with another while he was grounded.
The unnamed man inside the suit was rushed to the emergency room in the wake of the knockout blow and received pain medication before being discharged shortly after.
And there was a darker turn on the same night. McGregor was accused of sexual assault in an incident alleged to have occurred in the VIP men’s bathroom.
The accuser revealed that she met McGregor at the game at the Kaseya Center on Friday.
The woman was leaving the arena when she claims the Irishman’s security told her he was asking for her in the bathroom.
Once inside the bathroom, she claims he forced her to perform oral sex on him and forcibly kissed her.at the game at the Kaseya Center
While trying to arouse himself, she claims McGregor then spat on her and on himself.
McGregor punched the Miami Heat mascot in an apparent skit that went wrong
On the same night, he was accused of sexual assault. The woman’s attorney told DailyMail.com she went to police on Sunday to report the incident but was turned away and advised to hire legal help. She returned with her attorney and gave police the clothes. DailyMail.com obtained a photo of the outfit bagged up
The alleged offences were presented in a letter to McGregor and his representatives
The woman’s attorney sent this letter to detailing the alleged incident earlier this year
The woman’s attorney told DailyMail.com she went to police on Sunday to report the incident but was turned away and advised to hire legal help.
Her attorney has since issued letters to McGregor’s team and have filed a report to the police department.
‘After the game, and after Mr. McGregor sent the Miami Heat mascot Burnie to the hospital, Mr. McGregor elevated his aggressive, unprovoked, and outrageous behavior by violently sexually assaulting and battering this firm’s client in the men’s bathroom of the Kaseya Center,’ according to the legal letter.
McGregor and his lawyers strenuously denied the allegations, with his representative saying: ‘These allegations are false. Mr. McGregor will not be intimidated.
The fighter later posted a picture of George Clooney on Instagram, which had a quote emblazoned across it: ‘When you destroy someone’s life with lies, take it as a loan. It will come back to you with interest.’
McGregor himself captioned the post: ‘A note’.
The Miami police opened an investigation and the results of that are understood to be around two weeks away at time of writing.
Then in July, there was a police probe into an incident at the wake of McGregor’s late aunt in Birkenhead.
A fight broke out at the wake in The Saddle Club, a pub in the Wirral aread, police confirmed.
Conor McGregor (white shirt) was seen making a swift exit from The Saddle Club and police confirmed there had been an incident they were investigating, though it is not known if McGregor was involved
McGregor was over in Liverpool for the wake of his late aunt Pamela
McGregor, pictured here with his father Tony, has been out of action for two years
McGregor was in attendance and was filmed making a hasty exit from the venue, before sharing a bizarre voice note claiming: ‘Birkenhead is his’.
The full recording has the Irishman, 35, feigning a Liverpool accent, saying: ‘Murder, murder, everybody out. Scousers on the golly. Birkenhead is McGregor’s.’
The UFC superstar was filmed swiftly marching towards his Range Rover with personal security guards following.
He was filmed by local children and on the clip, voices can be heard in the background claiming there’s been ‘beef’ and that someone has had a ‘straightener’.
McGregor has also been typically active on social media, often clashing with fellow fighters.
Earlier this year, British heavyweight star Tom Aspinall said he isn’t particularly interested in McGregor’s comeback.
And the furious McGregor wrote: ”Bum p***k. Say sayonara to that GK [Gym King] deal kid. Starve you and kill you, I will you f***ing disrespectful p***k. Don’t ever speak my name in disrespect again. Mush potato head.’
McGregor remains the biggest star the sport of MMA has ever seen but there are seemingly no impediments to him returning to fight, if that is indeed what he wants, as he says it is.
Barring an exceptional workaround, he still needs to be in the United States Anti-Doping Agency drug testing pool for a minimum of six months before he can fight.
The Irishman has been out of action for more than two years after breaking his leg
And it is understood that he has still not signed up to re-enroll in the process.
The UFC are adamant that McGregor will be facing Michael Chandler upon his return, given that they’ve agreed to the bout and coached against each other on reality show The Ultimate Fighter.
It seems certain that will be the case and perhaps McGregor needs the focus of a date to train towards to calm the chaos swirling around him.
At the current rate, the constant mayhem surrounding him shows no sign of slowing.
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