Conor McGregor might be one of the biggest stars in the world, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have his controversial moments. Many times, he has made the headlines for the wrong reasons, so we look at his top 5 controversial moments.
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The ‘Double Champ’ loves having the spotlight on him – especially when he is performing in the Octagon or posting training videos on Facebook and Instagram. Unfortunately for the Irishman, the spotlight is normally on him for all the wrong reasons. We take a look at all the moments that painted McGregor in a different light – whether these events were staged or not, they certainly made sure everyone was talking about the ‘Notorious’ one.
Attacking referee at Bellator 187
Conor McGregor attended Bellator 187 in Dublin, Ireland to support friend and team-mate Charlie Ward in his middleweight contest against John Redmond. Ward ended the fight in the first round as he knocked out Redmond, and McGregor was so happy for his friend that he celebrated by jumping into the cage to congratulate Ward. Although he was just being happy for a friend, referee Mark Goddard took exception and confronted McGregor. The UFC star then seemingly went for Goddard and had to held back by officials, while he continued to spew verbal abuse at the official.
Bottle Fight With Nate Diaz
The lead up to Conor McGregor’s rematch with Nate Diaz, after the Irishman was choked out in the first fight, saw plenty of verbal slurs fired in both directions – but there is one incident that always gets brought up. Diaz decided to leave the press conference while it was still in progress, and as he was leaving, he decided to launch a water bottle in the direction of McGregor at the front of the stage. Never one to be the victim. McGregor proceeded to return fire with bottles of his own as well as unopened cans of Monster back at Diaz and his entourage. McGregor was eventually fined $150,000 and ordered to undergo 50 hours of community service.
New York Bus Attack
This is probably the most famous and controversial moment of Conor McGregor’s career. He made the decision to travel from Dublin to New York to get involved in a feud between friend Artem Lobov and long-term rival Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor and a number of friends decided to attack a bus that had Khabib and a number of other fighters on board – causing a few injuries that made six upcoming fights be cancelled. After making a run for it, McGregor eventually gave him self up the police. He later reached a plea agreement after pleading guilty. He avoided a prison sentence.
Post-Fight Khabib Brawl
McGregor and Khabib finally got a chance to settle their differences in the Octagon when they locked horns at UFC 229 in October 2018. After Khabib made the Irishman submit in the fourth round, Khabib hopped out of the cage and started to brawl with members of McGregor’s team. McGregor tried to intervene, but he was side-tracked and blindsided by Khabib team members and started throwing punches in the Octagon. It was not a good look for the sport, but it is an incident that will be talked about for many years.
F*** You Suit
During the first press conference between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, the Irishman walked out in a beautiful looking suit. On closer inspection, the pinstripe suit was not all it seemed. Instead of regular pinstripes, the suit, which was designed by David August Heil, the words F*** You featured instead of the stripes. The suit looked legit from a distance, but McGregor wore it to get a reaction. And to be fair, everyone loved it.