5 infamous Conor McGregor incidents that turned the fans against him

Conor McGregor before fighting Dustin Poirier
Conor McGregor before fighting Dustin Poirier
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Conor McGregor has achieved notoriety few will ever attain. However, the glitz and glamor of being a superstar have come with drawbacks. Despite his larger-than-life public image, it appears the brash Irishman's track record is steadily turning his army of fans against him.

Entering the UFC in 2013, Conor McGregor quickly made a name for himself after dispatching Marcus Brimage in a debut that lasted less than two minutes.

Enough bravado for the entire roster and a knack for painting violent masterpieces, the Irishman's left hand put two divisions on notice. After seizing two world titles as predicted, Conor McGregor was met with unworldly fame.

Along his fiery path as a superstar, 'The Notorious' has found himself on the end of some unfavorable situations. As his fame reached new and unexplored heights, his unpredictability seemed to mimic that meteoric rise.

Take a closer look at five infamous Conor McGregor incidents that turned fans against the superstar.

#5. Conor McGregor crashes UFC 223 media day with bus attack

By far one of the darkest MMA rivalries was between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. In 2018, McGregor took a private plane to New York after hearing of a heated altercation between 'The Eagle' and McGregor's close friend and teammate Artem Lobov.

Conor McGregor, along with around twenty other people, were let into the Barclays Center. Of course, this happened after a credentialed member of McGregor's team allowed the group of people to rush the 'red corner' media bus. Then, the superstar infamously launched a dolly into the bus that Nurmagomedov was sitting on.

Watch the incident below:


Following the chaos, UFC president Dana White confirmed that an arrest warrant had been issued for Conor McGregor. The incident resulted in the former champion being charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief.

Despite the chaos surrounding Khabib Nurmagomedov, the unbeaten champion would still compete and face short-notice replacement Al Iaquinta. Less than six months later, Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor with a fourth-round rear-naked choke victory.

To this day, Conor McGregor storming the UFC media tour bus remains a critical moment in his career when fans began siding against him.

#4. Florida cell phone incident

Conor McGregor was involved in an altercation with a man in Florida. In March 2019, McGregor was arrested outside of a hotel in Miami, FL. McGregor is alleged to have snatched a man's phone and then smashed it on the ground. The superstar was subsequently arrested for strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief.

On April 8, the civil lawsuit against McGregor was dropped. After receiving a settlement, the accuser's attorney admitted that his client was 'made whole' following the unfortunate disturbance.

NEW VIDEO: Conor McGregor smashes fan’s phone outside Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel, charged with robbery by sudden snatching and criminal mischief…

These troubling events all occurred after Conor McGregor lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov. After becoming the face of the UFC, 'The Notorious' continues to find himself in precarious situations. Many question whether all of the hoopla outside the cage has affected the athlete's overall fighting performance.

Since this wasn't his first run-in with the law, it appears that Conor McGregor is beginning to sour his impassioned fan base. If the superstar continues to break the law, he will continue to face the gavel. Overall, an athlete of his caliber fighting with a regular citizen is not a good look and likely resulted in fans turning against him.

#3. Conor McGregor and the pub assault

Conor McGregor facing possible charges following pub assault
Conor McGregor facing possible charges following pub assault

On August 15, 2019, a report indicated that Conor McGregor assaulted an old man at the Marble Arch Pub in Dublin, Ireland. As with any time a superstar is involved in a quarrel, news outlets picked up on it and began disseminating the details of the incident.

The initial release shows the conflict occurring on April 6. After the Irish Police conducted an investigation, McGregor was charged with assault and slapped with a court date.

According to multiple outlets, Conor McGregor continuously offered the defendant a shot of his Irish Whiskey Proper No. 12, to which the older gentlemen declined. Once he refused the offer, 'The Notorious' uncorked a left-hand shot into the unidentified man's face.

The timing of the assault was once again in line with McGregor's UFC career lows. Specifically, the disturbance occurred roughly six months after his loss to arch-nemesis Nurmagomedov. Following over a year of inactivity, it seemed entirely possible that McGregor may never return to fighting.

With a litany of alleged charges and problems with multiple judicial systems, the general public has grown weary of McGregor's antics outside of the sport.

#2. Conor McGregor and MGK clash at the MTV VMAs

Conor McGregor being held back during MGK scuffle
Conor McGregor being held back during MGK scuffle

Conor McGregor recently mixed it up outside the cage with popular hip-hop artist Machine Gun Kelly (MGK). Each star has shared a different story regarding the matter. MGK alleges that Conor McGregor asked for a picture with him, a request that MGK denied. McGregor then decided to throw a punch at MGK, and the music star claims the strike did not land.

Machine Gun Kelly wouldn't talk about his scuffle with UFC Champ Conor McGregor before the #VMAs.

The altercation emerged as the biggest headline following the MTV VMAs. The jury is still out as to why the scuffle started. According to some articles, McGregor was allegedly trying to DM Megan Fox, MGK's girlfriend.

Conor McGregor and Machine Gun Kelly
Conor McGregor and Machine Gun Kelly

Conor McGregor claims he had no intention of getting a picture with MGK. In fact, the Irishman insists that the musician pushed him first. In the video below, 'The Notorious' looks to be throwing some kind of drink in the direction of MGK.

Conor McGregor throws a drink at MGK on the red carpet (via ig:laurademytrk)

While no official police report was filed, news of McGregor's antics spread across the internet like wildfire. Facing criticism for once again starting a brawl with a non-fighter outside of the UFC, it appears fans are starting to turn against the Irish superstar in some respects.

#1. Conor McGregor reneges on the Good Fight Foundation

Conor McGregor after losing to Poirier at UFC 257
Conor McGregor after losing to Poirier at UFC 257

Conor McGregor promised a $500,000 donation to Dustin Poirier's charity, the Good Fight Foundation. In their second encounter at UFC 257, McGregor was knocked out for the first time in his MMA career. Negotiations for the trilogy fight began to heat up quickly. 'The Notorious' stopped responding to emails from the charity organization about the donation in question.

According to Conor McGregor, details about the transaction were not made available to him and his team. Weeks after the spat, the superstar donated $500,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana in Lafayette, Louisiana - where Dustin Poirier grew up.

100% never a debt. You offered, we accepted, and like I said your Team never responded to our emails regarding the process of where funds would be put to work! July 10th you will taste defeat yet Again…

Even though the 33-year-old opted out of Poirier's charity, at least he donated the same amount the two argued over on social media. After hurling personal insults and attacks at Poirier's wife, the incident turned a large faction of his fans against him.

Even in defeat at UFC 264, McGregor continued pressing Poirier's wife on messaging him about the charity donation. With back-to-back MMA losses for the first time in his career, Conor McGregor desperately needs to pick up a win in the UFC before he squanders even more supporters.

Edited by Utathya Ghosh


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