Dana White has reacted to the video that has circulated of Conor McGregor allegedly punching a patron at an Irish bar back in April.
Speaking in a recent interview on The Jim Rome Show, White claimed that he had known about the incident since it happened but knew little else about the details surrounding what had actually transpired.
“That happened in April. I knew that happened, they just got the video. It’s pretty bad. Not allegedly, it’s pretty clear [it’s him]. So apparently this was in a pub in Ireland and it was an argument over whiskey. Conor has a whiskey now and it was an argument over the whiskey and Conor reaches out and hits him with a left hook.
“I don’t know the context of it. I don’t know the entire story but he punches a guy, an older man, in the face.”
“I knew that he had, had an altercation at a bar but I didn’t know with who or any of that, I didn’t know anything, I just knew it happened.” (via MMAFighting)
Citing the legendary boxer Mike Tyson as a figure who is in some ways comparable to McGregor in terms of the personal issues he encountered outside of the ring, he described it as something that can be expected with a person in Conor’s position.
“When you deal with fighters, guys who fight for a living, there’s always something.
“If you look at some of the greatest [fighters], [Mike] Tyson, what Tyson went through at his peak.
“Every time you take a guy who is a professional fighter and you sprinkle a ton of money on top of it, get ready.
“Get ready for a disaster. Literally a disaster.”
And while he didn’t appear to be willing to suggest any internal punishment for the former dual-weight world champion, he questioned exactly what it will take for the Irishman to make a change in his life.
“You get to a point where you look at a guy like Conor and you look at the bus incident in New York and the camera, the phone, the guy took the picture of him in Miami and he slaps the phone [away from him] — what’s the number? What’s it going to cost Conor McGregor before he decides ‘all right, this isn’t worth it, enough is enough, I need to stop doing this’.
“The incident in New York cost him millions. Millions he had to pay out. He had to pay the guy with the phone. What’s he going to pay this guy that he hit in the bar? The list just goes on and on. I just don’t know when he wakes up and says ‘I’ve got to stop doing this’.”
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) August 15, 2019