Watch: Conor McGregor hilariously punches Miami Heat mascot

Conor McGregor knocked out Burnie, the Miami Heat mascot during the halftime show of Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
Conor McGregor knocked out Burnie, the Miami Heat mascot during the halftime show of Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Conor McGregor has eight career knockouts in the UFC. The MMA legend, who was at the Kaseya Center for Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets, showed that he still packs a punch.

The Irishman added the Heat’s mascot, Burnie, to the list of those who have tasted the fury of his famous left hook. The mascot went down with one quick strike. For good measure, as he has done in several of his fights, Conor McGregor made sure Burnie was out for good as he landed another punch.

Burnie, the lovable mascot, was dressed for the occasion. He looked like a fighter wearing oversized gloves who was about to take on one of the fiercest mixed martial artists in the fighting game. Miami’s most recognizable flame, however, didn’t stand a chance.

The whole incident was an act to add spice to the halftime show between the Heat and the Nuggets. Still, Miami fans couldn’t restrain themselves from booing the former UFC champion.

Others took to Twitter to weigh in on the situation:

“Heat could’ve used Notorious in a jersey tonight… where’s the effort?!”

The Denver Nuggets took their cue from Conor McGregor and knocked out the Miami Heat

The Denver Nuggets must have watched Conor McGregor deck Burnie with one left hook as they displayed similar energy against the Heat in Game 4.

The Nuggets slowly but methodically broke down Miami’s defense. After being outscored in the first period 21-20, they bounced back in the next two quarters to outwork Miami 66-52. The teams were tied 22-22 in the final 12 minutes of the game.

With the win, the Nuggets have taken a commanding 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. They could win their first championship on Monday in front of their home fans in Denver, Colorado.

The Nuggets didn’t have Conor McGregor’s one-punch knockout power. But they did have the stamina and relentlessness of perhaps the Irishman’s greatest rival, the legendary Khabib Nurmagomedov.

With the win tonight, Denver is just a step away from overwhelming the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.


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Edited by Michael Macasero