McGregor hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons after fan confrontation
the past year or two, the most famous name in UFC has been as likely to feature
in the tabloid gossip pages as the sports press. Its a pattern that is showing
no signs of abating, with the recent news that he has been arrested in Miami for
strong-armed robbery and misdemeanour criminal mischief.
is just the latest in a litany of controversies for the man who dominated the
sport in the first five years of his career between 2008 and 2013, and brought
it into the mainstream. But while 10 years ago, he was the bookies favourite
in every UFC event he entered, todays online
betting is more likely to be about what sort of trouble he can get into next.
latest incident took place in the early hours of Monday morning, 11 March, outside
the nightclub attached to the Fontainebleau
Miami Beach hotel. According to a Miami Beach arrest report obtained by the local
press, McGregor was leaving the venue at about 5AM when a 22 year old man attempted
to take his photograph using a cell phone. In the words of the report, McGregor
slapped the victim's phone out of his hand, causing it to fall to the floor.
The defendant then stomped on the victim's phone several times, damaging it.
The report goes on to say that McGregor then left the area, taking the mans
phone with him.
entire incident was captured on CCTV, and after spending the day interviewing
witnesses, Miami Beach detectives located the 30 year old at a residence in North
Venetia, an exclusive suburb to the north of Miami Beach. McGregor is being held
on $12,500 bail, and according to his
attorney, McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges
his full cooperation.
have been plenty of fighters over the years with a reputation for living close
to the edge and courting controversy. However, Conor McGregor is making such a
habit of it that even in the eyes of his long-standing fans, he is becoming something
of a self-parody. Here are some of his most recent misdemeanours:
In 2016 at UFC 202, the usual pantomime-style pre-fight exchanges turned ugly
when McGregor started throwing full drink cans at the Diaz brothers during a press
conference. That cost him a $25,000 fine and 25 hours of community service.
Last April he was arrested in New York after launching a one-man
attack on a bus load of UFC fighters. Two athletes were injured and had to
pull out of UFC 223, while McGregor pled guilty to disorderly conduct and was
sentenced to five days of community service.
Six months later, McGregor was involved in ugly scenes following his defeat
at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov, an incident that resulted in a $50,000 fine
and a six-month suspension from UFC events.
ban should be lifted later this year, and the UFC world is anticipating that he
will return to the octagon some time in the summer. However, with each new controversy,
the probability of a return to the pinnacle of the sport seems increasingly unlikely.