Conor McGregor Charged With Assault For Punching Man In Dublin Bar
Conor McGregor will appear in court in Dublin in relation to an assault charge for punching an elderly man in a bar.
Footage of 'The Notorious' striking the elderly chap at The Marble Arch Pub in Dublin on April 6 after he reportedly declined his invitation to have a free drink of his Proper Twelve whiskey, quickly went viral.
According to Independent.ie, the 31-year-old fighter is expected to appear before Dublin District Court next week over a single assault charge under Section Two of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.
Should he be found guilty, McGregor could face a €1500 fine, as well as a maximum of six-months jail-time.
In the video the gentleman did not appear to flinch, appearing unnerved after taking a flush left hook to the face. But the 50-year old's friend claims he was shook up after the assault and was house-bound as a result.
"He was having his pint when McGregor came in and offered everyone a drink of his whiskey," the friend explained to the Daily Mirror.
"Conor insisted he take it and when he refused a second time McGregor wasn't impressed.
"Next thing he punched him in the side of the face. He didn't feel the pain of it at the time, but the next day he was in bits. It was a proper hard hit.
"His face was very sore. He was very shaken by the whole thing and didn't leave his house for days."
McGregor's rival Khabib Nurmagomedov made his feelings known on the matter and called for McGregor to serve jail-time.
"We have to respect old people, I don't understand," the Dagestani fighter told TMZ Sports.
"One fan sent me a message, he said 'Hey, you remember when he tried to give you his whiskey, like alcohol, and you don't take this? But why don't he punch you?' But now he goes crazy with old people? I don't understand this.
"People like this have to go to jail."
"(In) my opinion, he has to see a little bit jail, because when something happens and you see jail and you sit a little bit and think about this, OK what I did, why I sit here. He has to think about this.
"I don't want to say nothing to him. I just want to say Ireland's government, where are you guys? Send him location! That's it."
When asked about the incident, McGregor apologised for his "completely unacceptable" behaviour, saying it doesn't reflect who he is and that has to take accountability.
"I was in the wrong," he told ESPN.
"That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without having it end the way it did.
"I tried to make amends and I made amends back then. But it doesn't matter. I was in the wrong. I must come here before you and take accountability and take responsibility. I owe it to the people that have been supporting me.
"I owe it to my mother, my father, my family. I owe it to the people who trained me in martial arts.
"That's not who I am. That's not the reason why I got into martial arts or studying combat sports. The reason I got into it was to defend against that type of scenario. Whatever comes my way, I will face it."
In March, prior to the incident in the pub, McGregor was filmed stealing a man's phone out of his hand and stamping on it outside a club in Miami.
He was arrested, though the charges were later dropped. In July, he avoided a conviction for lead an attack on a bus carrying UFC fighters in Brooklyn back in April 2018 ahead of UFC 223.