It didn’t take long for Dana White to chime in on the latest alleged transgression of his lightweight champion. Conor McGregor made the tabloid news over the last couple of days due to his alleged participation in a bar brawl in Dublin over the weekend. It was alleged that McGregor, who is not named in some reports but is strongly alluded to, struck a young man in a bar in the Crumlin neighborhood, and may have also struck a man in his 50’s that tried to intervene.
That older gentleman may or may not have had ties to organized crime.
White, while doing a TUF 26 media luncheon, responded to the allegations and whether he had heard from McGregor about the alleged incident (via MMA Junkie):
“No, but I don’t think it’s true, because if it were true, it would be big. Conor can friggin’, you know, 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.”
“If’s it’s true, we’ll end up finding out. I can’t chase all these things around. If it’s true, we’ll get it figured out and go from there.”
When a reporter stated that it can’t be a good thing for McGregor and spoke of Dana’s own issues with organized crime back in his Boston days, White agreed but believed it could possibly be resolved, assuming it was true:
“Can’t be. Can’t be a good thing for Conor. But you never know. I didn’t know those guys, or any of that stuff. But I’m sure it can be worked out, too. Jake LaMotta’s brother beat the sh-t out of a wise guy, too, and they figured it out.”
He also reiterated that he hadn’t heard from Conor or his manager about the incident as of yet.
McGregor hasn’t competed in the UFC for over a year, and is coming off a tenth-round TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in an August boxing match where the Irish fighter pocketed around 100 million dollars.