Former UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has been described as a ‘bully with money’ by the man he punched in an Irish pub.
A video surfaced last week showing the 31-year-old in the Marble Arch bar in Dublin, where he appeared to offer patrons free rounds of his Proper Twelve whiskey.
After the ‘victim’ refused McGregor’s gesture on multiple occasions, ‘Notorious’ began verbally attacking him before throwing a punch.
Speaking to the Irish Daily Star, the man, who says he is 50 years old, stated the following: “I can take a punch. It was sore for about a week, it wasn’t killing me or anything.
“I don’t like the man. I think he is getting a bad rep.
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He is a bit of a bully, a bully with money.
On Sunday, a friend of the victim also made a statement to the Irish Daily Star regarding the incident, saying: “He was having his pint when McGregor came in and offered everyone a drink of his whiskey.
“However, 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.
“At the end of the day he doesn’t want an apology or any money, he just wants justice for what happened to him.
“He didn’t even realise McGregor was in the pub until he was standing up beside him. Everyone in the pub was shocked by what had happened and couldn’t believe it.”
McGregor hasn’t fought since his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov last October, but is thought to be scouting a potential opponent for his much anticipated comeback.
After watching his old nemesis Nate Diaz make a successful return to the Octagon last weekend, McGregor sent ‘The Stockton Slugger’ a message congratulating him on his victory and hinted there is the possibility of a final clash in the trilogy clash between the pair.News Now - Sport News