This was as petty as it gets. McGregor has a history of turning up late to press conferences. It’s one of his ways of saying that he runs the show. But Nate Diaz has no time for this sort of thing so he stormed out with Stockton’s finest. On the way, the pair exchanged expletives and crude gestures.
Then things escalated. A member of the Diaz squad threw a bottle in McGregor’s direction. The then-featherweight champion responded by throwing back five or six at Diaz’s group. UFC President Dana White despairingly called his name for him to stop. The NAC ultimately hit him with a $50,000 fine.
McGregor is as famous for his trash talk as he is for his fighting. He has a remarkable way with words and is brilliant at mental warfare. The one thing is that he never loses control. However, the UFC 229 presser revealed his vulnerability. He was a total loose cannon.
Since the conference, he has admitted that he was actually drunk. McGregor targeted everything from Khabib’s father, to his religion to Russian geopolitics in a furious, venomous tirade. But it sounded unhinged in a way that fans had never seen before. It was seriously uncomfortable to watch.
Why can’t McGregor just walk away? This is another incident of him just making unnecessary trouble for himself. This time “The Notorious” was in Florida celebrating his mother’s 60th birthday. So, of course, he wound up spending the night in the cell of a Miami precinct. It’s so annoying when that happens right?
He got into it with a fan who asked for a picture with him. However, the man had been antagonizing McGregor and his crew all night so the Irishman wasn’t reciprocal. Instead, he took the phone from the so-called fan and smashed it on the ground. McGregor ended up settling out of court.
Charlie Ward seems to bring out the worst in McGregor. The Notorious was in attendance at Bellator 187 in Dublin, Ireland when this moment of madness happened. After Ward knocked out John Redmond, McGregor climbed into the cage to share his teammate’s moment of glory.
Referee Marc Goddard attempted to remove McGregor from the cage because he had no right to be there. But the Irishman saw red and violently shoved him. He also smacked a Bellator staff member on his way out of the building. The worst part was the injured Redmond took another knock during the fracas.
The only reason this isn’t at the top of the list is that no charges have been pressed at the time of writing. However, McGregor can’t shake the sexual assault allegations and it’s definitely tarnished his reputation. The New York Times released the story in 2019. The worst part was that the online UFC fanbase seemed unsurprised.
McGregor appeared to have gone full Mike Tyson according to the reports. These are just allegations right now, but he shouldn’t be in this situation. Did McGregor go from pauper to prince too quickly? Having an occasional good night out is perfectly human but all of his crazy parties have taken their toll.
One of the world’s current truths is that the Internet is forever. If you post something it’s almost impossible to get rid of it. Especially if you’re a global superstar with the world’s media watching everything you post for a story. During the height of McGregor’s toxic rivalry with Khabib, things got very personal.
Usually when fighters trash talk, it’s an unofficial rule that you don’t talk about family members. McGregor went for the jugular and called the devout Muslim’s wife a ‘towel.’ He swiftly deleted the tweet but not before MMA publications had screengrabbed it. Fans lost even more respect for him after this.
By the far, the worst confirmed incident in the past few years was when McGregor punched a 50-year-old man in Dublin’s Marble Arch pub. To sum up, he tried to buy a round of his whiskey for everybody in the bar but the older man rejected it twice. McGregor reacted violently.
He lashed out with a sucker punch that bounced off of the man’s skull. Fans greeted his action with derision and contempt. This was a new low for McGregor and he swiftly broke a media silence to apologize because he realized he had gone too far. After facing assault charges, the Irish court fined him for his pathetic action.