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Conor McGregor has finally spoken out about the infamous pub incident where he punched an elderly man in April, admitting that he was "in the wrong".

The video recently emerged which showed the 31-year-old fighter punch a 50-year-old man in the Marble Arch pub, with the man involved labelling the former UFC two-weight champ a "bully with money".

In his first interview since the public have seen the video, the Dubliner has owned up to his wrongs and vowed to "do better".

"In reality, it doesn't matter what happened there. I was in the wrong," McGregor said in an interview with ESPN's Ariel Helwani. "That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without it having to end the way it did.

"Although, five months ago it was, and I tried to make amends and I made amends back then – it still, that doesn't even matter," he continued.

"I was in the wrong. I must come here before you and take accountability and take responsibility. I owe it to the people that have been supporting me. I owe it to my mother, my father, my family. I owe it to the people who trained me in martial arts."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"That's not who I am, that's not the reason why I got into martial arts or studying combat sports. The reason why I got into it was to defend against that type of scenario.

"To see that, although (it was) months ago and I have been making steps and continuously making steps to do better and be better – to see it is like a dagger into my heart as a young martial artist," he said.

"I'm just here to own up to that and move on, carry on and face what's coming." The video of the incident went viral, with the victim saying that he's glad McGregor's reputation has been negatively impacted.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 50-year-old revealed to The Irish Daily Star: "I am sitting on the bar stool just having a quiet pint with my friend then all of a sudden because I refuse his drink I get a punch, you don't need that in life."

The shocking video shows the Crumlin thug holding his own brand of Proper No. Twelve whiskey in Drimnagh, putting glasses down on the bar for everyone.

"I didn't even notice McGregor coming into the pub but seemingly he was throwing shots around.

"He approached me from the left-hand side. I was ready to go. He said, 'will you have one of my whiskeys?' I said 'no'. I don't like whiskey. I'm a Guinness man. I put the glass up on (the counter)."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"He said 'no you will have it with me.' I said 'I don't want it'. I think I put it back up again. He obviously got aggravated that I had disrespected, and that's when he gave me the punch.

"My taxi arrived that I was after ordering. The taxi man came in and said to come outside. I put my jacket on and went outside with the taxi man, popped in the front and the next thing McGregor and his friend, I don't who he was I had never seen the chap before, hopped into the back of it," he added.

"I thought he was cheeky. His friend was just talking to the taxi man. I didn't talk to McGregor." 

The man said the punch left its mark for a week with McGregor reportedly set to be charged for the incident.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Look it, I can take a punch," he said."It was sore for about a week. It wasn't killing me or anything. I just don't want to make sure he doesn't do that to anyone else again, just taking him down a peg.

He added: "I don't like the man. I think he is getting a bad rep. He is a bit of a bully. A bully with money."

A fellow pub punter described the incident in detail, saying that the victim didn't leave his house for days afterwards. 

“At the end of the day he doesn’t want an apology or any money, he just wants justice for what happened to him. He wouldn’t have been a fan of McGregor before all this and he most certainly isn’t now."

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Conor McGregor has been released from jail after being arrested and charged with robbery and criminal damage in Miami.

The arrest was made after the MMA fighter allegedly smashed a fan's phone as they attempted to take a picture of him in the early hours of the morning. 

McGregor was leaving the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel around 5am on Monday when the incident occurred, according to a Miami Beach Police report.

It is alleged that he knocked the phone from the person's hand, before stamping on it and leaving with the phone still in his possession. 

Police arrested him after viewing CCTV footage and tracking him down. 

His charges include strong-arm robbery and misdemeanour criminal mischief.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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McGregor, who is on holidays in Miami, has since been released on a bail of $12,500.

Conor McGregor's lawyer Sam Rabin told Newstalk Breakfast: 'I believe at the end of the day that we will successfully defend this case.

"I can't tell you what the outcome will be, but I certainly don't see him going to jail over something like this."

He has since posted a picture to Instagram, with the caption: 'Patience in this world is a virtue I continue to work on. I love my fans dearly. Thank you all '

He also posted an image of a Miami Police Department vehicle to his Instagram story. 

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Prepare the throne; Azealia Banks has officially declared herself 'The Queen of Ireland' after arriving to her gig in Dublin via…FERRY. Ok then, your highness.

The 212 rapper was forced to get the boat after storming off an Aer Lingus flight last night.

The 27-year-old seemed pretty confused after trying to change her travel arrangements, asking her Insta following if Ryanair and Aer Lingus were the same airline.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She claimed she had been given clearance to fly with Aer Lingus, whatever that means, according to Dublin Live.

Calling herself "Queen of Ireland", she ranted:

"I've been asleep, and I woke up to some excellent news. It's out, I'm the Queen of Ireland! I never knew I was the Queen of Ireland!" We never knew either, henny.

She continued;

"Aren't you happy to have such a Queen like me? Oh my God, the first black queen of Ireland! I really just woke up in the Irish Spring and the girls can't take it." She wasn't done yet…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"I got the pot of gold, b*tch. I've got the pot of gold, and I'm not even from here! Now wait, until I do this sold out f***ing show. Y'all b***hes are gonna see who the f***ing Queen of Ireland is." 

Understandably, she got a fair few angry messages in her inbox, but Banks said she was sick of the "oompa loompa crazy looking b***hes". Oh my.

"The girls have scurvy, they're like vitamin deficient, they need some calcium tablets and some Camaraderie soap. Anyways, I'm back on the Chardonel (wine)." We Celts are just very pale, and can't do much about it unforch.

She enlisted the Notorious Conor McGregor for support, sharing a screenshot of a message, where she wrote; "Conor help they are bullying me".

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Banks got into a massive row on Monday morning with a female cabin crew member, after boarding a flight from Gatwick to Dublin airport. 

Aer Lingus confirmed that the rapper left the 10.55am flight from Gatwick but declined to comment on her allegations.

They have released a statement following the incident.

They said: "Aer Lingus can confirm that two guests scheduled to fly on 10:55am flight from London Gatwick to Dublin (EI233) this morning disembarked themselves prior to departure."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"The guests in question got off the plane safely of their own accord, while all other guests remained on board…Aer Lingus has a strict no-tolerance policy towards disruptive guest behaviour.

"The safety and security of our guests and crew remains our first priority."

Azealia, poor little divil, said she was 'treated like a wild animal' in the lengthy post, portraying the incident as her 'travel day from hell'.

Banks plays a sold-out show at the Academy on Abbey Street tonight, that should be an interesting one to say the least…

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Conor McGregor and Dee Devlin welcomed their second child into the world this week and we couldn’t be happier for the parents.

30-year-old Conor confirmed the news in a sweet photo of him carrying their newborn out of the hospital with his eldest son Conor Jr by his side.

The dad has yet to confirm the name and gender of their second born, but rumour has it their tiny tot is a baby girl.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to the Irish Daily Star, Dee gave birth to a beautiful baby girl at the Coombe Hospital.

The proud parents decided to call their daughter Croia, which is a Gaelic name meaning ‘little heart.’

How adorable!

Baby Croia is Conor and Dee’s second child. The pair welcomed their first born Conor Jr in May 2017.

There’s no doubt Conor Jr is over the moon by the arrival of his little sister.

Following the birth of their second child, Conor shared: "Heading home with my two healthy babies and an energized and healthy SuperMam.”

"2019 is off to the best start! Thank you for the well wishes everybody!” he added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We can’t wait to see more of Baby Croia in the future. Let’s hope Conor shares another snap of his little girl very soon.

Huge congratulations to Conor and Dee on their growing family. 2019 is shaping out to be quite a special year for the family already.

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2019 has already gotten off to a wonderful start for UFC superstar Conor McGregor and his wife Dee Devlin, who welcomed the birth of their second child today.

Devlin gave birth to the child in a Dublin hospital but the name and gender have yet to be revealed to the public.

The Notorious shared an adorable image to his Instagram of himself carrying his new precious bundle out of the hospital.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The MMA fighter captioned the image;

"Heading home with my two healthy babies and an energised and healthy SuperMam."

"2019 is off to the best start! Thank you for the well wishes everybody!"

His 30-year-old wife is happy and healthy, we would like to congratulate the family on their new bundle of joy, who is McGregor's second child.

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We have been itching for I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here to return for so long. It feels like forever since we last watched celebrities dine on creepy crawlies and face stomach-churning challenges that always sent shivers down our spines.

ITV has finally confirmed when the show is returning to our screens and you don’t have much longer to wait.

Fans of the show can say g’day to Dec, new host Holly Willoughby and this year’s celebrity line-up on Sunday, November 18.

The first episode of the new season will air at 9 pm on ITV so make sure to mark it in your diaries.

ITV tweeted about the return of the popular reality show: “You’ve got a hot date… with some creepy crawlies. #ImACeleb is back. Starts Sunday 18th November live on @ITV @ImACelebrity.”

The official line-up has yet to be confirmed but rumour has it we will be seeing plenty of familiar faces in the jungle this year.

Made In Chelsea alum Jamie Laing is reportedly heading to Oz, as well as former X Factor star Fleur East.

Anne Hegerty of The Chase, Harry Redknapp and Strictly Come Dancing’s Katya Jones have also been tipped to joining the cast of 2018.

Other potential contestants include Danny Dyer, Conor McGregor and Coleen Nolan, but you’re just going to have to wait until the official line-up is revealed to meet this year’s contestants.

I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here returns to ITV on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Let the countdown begin.

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The Notorious has broken his silence in the wake of violent and ugly scenes in La Vegas after he was defeated by Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Conor went head to head with the Russian lightweight champion at UFC 229, with Khabib coming out victorious.

However after the fight, Khabib's pals launched an attack on Conor that resulted in violent scenes.

Now Conor has announced that he's set for a rematch, tweeting, ''good knock. Looking forward to the rematch.”

His coach John Kavanagh showed his support by retweeting the message and saying, 'another historical night. Amazing atmosphere, technical fight with excitement all the way thru. Shame about the ending. On to the next one.”

Khabib has offered his apologies for his part in instigating the fight following his defeat of Conor.

He said, ''first of all I want to say sorry to Nevada Athletic Commission and second to Vegas. I know this is not my best side. I’m a human being.''

He continued, ''this is a respectful sport, not a trash-talking sport. I want to change the game, you cannot talk about religion, about nationality.”

After this massive UFC event ended in tears and UFC President  Dana White was just as shocked and appalled by what went down as we were.

He revealed that Khabib's paycheck was being withheld by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and that three potential members of the fighter’s team had been arrested.

Dana would not confirm if Khabib would hold on to his 155lb crown.

He said, ''it's not 100% certain. We’re regulated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. They’re going to go after Khabib. The governor was here and he ran out of the building.''

Let's all watch this space…

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Conor McGregor has had a bit of a rocky history with the press.

However, this time around – Conor's Twitter has blown up for all the right reasons.

The MMA star was a massive legend and helped a sick 5-year-old by donating €10,000.

The Irish boy is Bryan Buckley, known as Bru, received a Sepsis diagnosis last year, and is awaiting life-changing surgery.

Little Bru is unable to eat or walk and has an NG tube up his nose – something no child should experience. 

His mum, Grainne worked tirelessly to raise funds for Bru's medical care, so she can "get private care and the help he deserves."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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As of yesterday, the GoFundMe had managed to raise a little over €3,000.

However, the MMA fighter quickly changed that by donating the €10,000, which had been their original target.

Conor had given the money anonymously, but mum Grainne made sure to publicly thank the star for his generosity.

Taking to Twitter, she wrote: “We are forever grateful. I will never forget what you have done for my boy, you truly are a legend.” 

Incredibly, their GoFundMe has now reached over €14,000, with donations still flooding in. 

We are wishing Bryan the very best of luck with his surgery and we hope he gets better soon.

It seems that despite being a global superstar, Conor hasn't forgotten where he has come from. 

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Conor McGregor is undoubtedly a national treasure, thanks to his stellar career flying the Irish flag in MMA. 

The Notorious one has accumulated 25 million followers on his Instagram thanks to his outlandish personal brand. 

While many have a love/hate relationship with McGregor's lavish and balsy persona, brands clearly have no issue with it when it comes to having the MMA master represent their products.

According to Hopper's 2018 Instagram rich list, Conor McGregor comes in at number 8 on the list of most valuable social media sportsmen. 

The fighting champ commands up to $125,000 per post on this page. 

Hopper compiled the data of the richest social media personalities, and Conor comes in at number 16 on the influential list over all. 

However, they did get one detail pretty darn wrong.

The list says that Conor is from the UK – a fake news fact we are sure the patriotic fighter would not be too impressed with. 

Kylie Jenner topped the list as the most influential person on Instagram, commanding a cool one million dollars per sponsored post. 

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Conor McGregor is turning 30 soon, and a Lithuanian artist decided that the only way to mark the fighter's milestone birthday was to create a special sculpture.

And by special we mean a handcrafted, hyperrealistic, life-sized sculpture.

Edgar Askelovic, also known as Aspencrow, spent five months meticulously handcrafting the 100kg sculpture from photographs alone, using top quality platinum silicone and marble powder.

The Birmingham-based artist used eerily realistic, UV- resistant Polyurethane Resin to make the eyes and real hair for McGregor's trademark crop cut and beard.

The life-sized piece titled ATLAS is worth £50,000 and shows the UFC fighter bursting out of a block of marble. It will be gifted to the dad-of-one on his birthday and is part of an edition of three unique variations of the piece.

The two other sculptures will be sold by JD Malat Gallery, where it will be on view to the public as part of their summer exhibition from 14 July until 30 September.

“It is an honour that Conor has accepted this as a gift from me. He is a phenomenon of our time – not just a smart athlete, but also a visionary," Aspencrow said.

“To create the piece, I looked back to antiquity, when athletes were immortalised in sculptures as gods. And I combined some details from a Michelangelo statue with modern day graffiti to capture the present day's warrior sensibilities.

“People of our generation grew up on graffiti and hooliganism, so I’ve displayed part of his tattoos on his back in graffiti.

"I share his belief: 'Talent does not exist. This is hard work and obsession'."

The sculpture will be unveiled at Mayfair’s JD Malat Gallery on 14 July – the UFC legend’s 30th birthday.

“I am pleased to work with such a talented, young sculptor. He works alone and each new piece is a masterpiece, from the plinth to the hyperrealistic eyes," the gallery’s founder, dealer and curator, Jean-David Malat said.

And in fairness, it is pretty incredible!

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John Kavanagh, the coach of MMA star Conor McGregor, has announced the ;launch of free self-defence classes for women in the wake of the recent murder of Jastine Valdez. 

Taking place every Saturday morning in Straight Blast Gym in Walkinstown, the initiative aims to give women a "fighting chance" should they ever come under attack. 

The trainer shared the news on social media in a post which reads: "Introducing a FREE women's only BJJ Self Defence class at HQ starting this Saturday 11am.

"This will be on-going and on at the same time every Saturday. Don't worry if you miss this weekend, you can start any time.

"Feel free to drop in and watch one if you're considering taking it up. Also this class is free to any girls from any other clubs that want to supplement their training.

"In light of recent horrific attack in Dublin by a deranged individual we feel the need to do something to give women a fighting chance.

"Come down and meet Jaqueline and see if you enjoy it."

 

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It comes after a series of violent attacks agasint women in the capital. 

Jastine was abducted and strangled on Saturday evening, while earlier in the week 14-year-old Ana Kriegel was found brutally murdered in Lucan.

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In a post which has racked up more than one million likes in less than 24 hours, Conor McGregor paid tribute to his girlfriend, Dee Devlin, with just three little words.

And no, it's not THOSE three little words either.

Sharing a candid photo which shows a young lad gazing adoringly at Dee while the mum-of-one enjoyed an evening at Funderland, Conor admitted that he felt the exact same way about the mother of his young son.

 

Me too kid.

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In a succinct caption which has delighted fans and followers of the UFC star, Conor acknowledged the child's awe and simply wrote: "Me too, kid."

And yes, we love it.

"Probably the best thing he's posted," wrote one follower beneath the snap while another added: "Couple goals."

Some followers took the opportunity to advise Conor to take the next step in his ten-year relationship with Dee, with one advising: "Better make it official, champ!"

Excuse us while we coo over this a little longer…
 

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