Friday 23 August 2019

Video appears to show McGregor 'punching man in head in pub'

Conor McGregor: UFC fighter was dragged away from bar after incident. Picture: Reuters
Conor McGregor: UFC fighter was dragged away from bar after incident. Picture: Reuters
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Video footage has emerged that appears to show UFC star Conor McGregor punching a man in a Dublin pub.

In the clip, McGregor is standing at the bar handing out drinks to a group of people before appearing to lash out with his left hand and striking a man who is sitting on a bar stool nearby.

The man turns away from McGregor before the punch is thrown, and it connects with the left side of his head.

Afterwards two men who are apparently with McGregor are seen dragging him away from the bar.

The man who was struck does not move from his seat, but turns back to face McGregor as he is being brought away from the scene.

Staff can be seen reacting with shock, with one woman behind the bar putting her hands up to her mouth.

McGregor, who is wearing a light brown sweater and glasses in the footage, then disappears out of camera shot.

Last April, the UFC fighter was interviewed by detectives after an alleged assault at the Marble Arch bar in Drimnagh on the capital's south side.

The man told officers he was assaulted by McGregor following a brief verbal row between the pair.

McGregor was questioned just over 24 hours after robbery charges were dropped against him in a Florida court.

The fighter met with officers by appointment at Sundrive Road garda station along with a legal representative.

He was quizzed about his version of events, and left the station later that day.

McGregor was not formally arrested and presented to the station voluntarily for interview.

A file was submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) who will determine if the UFC fighter will face any charges.

"The version of events given by the alleged victim is that words were exchanged between both men," a source said at the time.

"It escalated and a single punch is alleged to have been thrown."

Gardaí interviewed the complainant as well as a number of witnesses, while "good quality" CCTV of the incident was also recovered and examined.

Several people were hurt when McGregor hurled a trolley at a bus, smashing a window, as it left the Barclays Centre in New York in April 2018. Fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg were injured by shattered glass.

McGregor avoided going to jail after striking a deal with US prosecutors which saw him do community service.

Irish Independent

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