UFC: A Look at Conor McGregor’s Legal Troubles and Bad Decisions

Conor McGregor is the UFC’s most popular star, but when he’s not fighting inside the octagon, he’s led a very troubled life. Like many things regarding the personal lives of celebrities, a lot of it boils down to rumors and gossip. However, there’s no cheating the truth. Here’s a brief rundown of the troubles that McGregor’s faced outside the octagon so far.

Punching an old man in the face

Recent security camera footage that was released by TMZ shows the incident as plain as day. McGregor was offering patrons of the bar a sample of his Proper 12 whiskey. The old man had refused McGregor’s offer multiple times before McGregor struck the old man on the head with a clean left hand. The old man seemed unfazed by the punch, and McGregor was promptly escorted out of the bar by his friends. 

The incident happened in April of 2019, and McGregor has seemingly escaped the consequences of the law. 

Punching another old man in the face 

Conor McGregor is a top UFC fighter, but me makes some bad decisions outside the octagon.
UFC fighter Conor McGregor is no stranger to the inside of a courtroom. | Charles Eckert /AFP/Getty Images

Another incident happened in 2017, and the details are similar to the other time Conor McGregor punched an old guy in the face. There is no footage of the earlier altercation, but news about the event circulated. 

After McGregor got into an argument with the man, he punched him in the face and then a brawl broke out in the bar. 

The old man wasn’t just any other old man though, as he and his family have connections to the Kinahan Cartel. Like the other incident, McGregor didn’t suffer any legal consequences from the brawl. However, that’s where the facts end and where the rumors begin. 

Because of the old man’s connection to the Kinahan Cartel, rumors started spreading that the cartel demanded $1 million from McGregor as compensation for his actions. It’s not known what’s come of that demand, however, and McGregor and his family are still living comfortably in Ireland.

Throwing a dolly

Perhaps the most infamous Conor McGregor incident is exactly what it sounds like. Khabib Nurmagomedov slapped McGregor’s friend, Artem Lobov, backstage at UFC 223. In response, McGregor and his friends flew to New York City, found the bus that was transporting Nurmagomedov and other fighters, and then threw a dolly at the bus, breaking some windows and thus, injuring several fighters who weren’t even affiliated with Nurmagomedov.

McGregor turned himself in not long after, and walked out of jail after posting bail. The charges were dropped after McGregor agreed to a plea deal. The punishment he received was, in essence, a slap on the wrist as McGregor had to, among other things, do five days of community service.

Brawling after losing

McGregor has taken his losses well before, but after he lost to Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, the two men and their teams decided to keep the fight going after it ended. Fans of both men are keen to blame the other side for starting the brawl, but it’s clear from the footage that both men were in the wrong.

Both were punished for the brawl, and McGregor received a $50,000 fine and a six-month suspension from fighting in Nevada.

Trying to fight a referee

Marc Goddard, a referee that the UFC uses often, was refereeing a fight in another promotion. McGregor’s friend had just knocked out his opponent, and McGregor stormed the cage to celebrate with him. Goddard told McGregor to leave the cage, but McGregor took offense and started threatening him. McGregor eventually left the cage.

Because that incident happened in another organization and in another country, nothing came from it. 

Sexual assault accusation

It should be stressed that Conor McGregor hasn’t been charged nor has he been convicted, but according to a report from The New York Times, McGregor was involved in an alleged sexual assault on a woman in late 2018. Much of the information about the case stems from rumors in tabloids, so the facts are scarce. However, because the woman doesn’t want to testify, it seems like the allegation won’t lead to anything for McGregor.