Dana White took a moment during a recent media luncheon to address the inescapable rumours surrounding his biggest star, Conor McGregor.
Conor McGregor’s lack of activity inside the octagon of late could well have seen him vanish from the headlines for a time but now, with it just over a year since he defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, the former two-weight world champion is as present as ever.
Sure, August’s ‘Money Fight’ between himself and boxing’s Floyd Mayweather took the bulk of the attention but within the last month or so, McGregor has found himself caught under the type of spotlight people in his position generally try to avoid. There was the controversy at UFC Gdansk that stemmed from his animated presence cage-side, which, of course, was followed by the uproar from certain members of the public due to his use of a homophobic slur directed at Team Alpha Male’s Andre Fili – who was fighting Conor’s teammate Artem Lobov.
Another long-time sparring partner of Conor’s, Charlie Ward, was at the centre of the next big occurrence in the world of McGregor at Bellator’s trip to Dublin just a week or two ago but now, in a story that has still not gone beyond a wild rumour, the ‘Notorious’ one has supposedly found himself in a spot of bother with members of an organized crime group.
There’s not much else that needs to be said right now until anything bar-word of mouth is given but basically, Conor was alleged to have gotten into a bar-fight with some certain individuals who one should avoid getting into a bar-fight with.
Again, nothing is concrete here at all, but in a recent media luncheon promoting the finale of the Ultimate Fighter, UFC president Dana White took some questions on the topic (via MMAJunkie) and as expected, remained cool-headed and characteristically vague throughout.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena