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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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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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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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After months of hype, numerous press conferences and a catalogue of McGregor one-liners that are sure to be repeated in Irish pubs for years to come, one of most highly anticipated fights in boxing history took place in the early hours of this morning.

Boxing and MMA fans across the globe joined forces to revel is the mega money sporting event that saw an undefeated Floyd Mayweather take on Conor McGregor in the ring.

Although Mayweather cemented his legacy as on of the greatest boxers of all time after winning by TKO in the 10th round, Twitter praised both fighters for the mutual respect they showed after the stoppage, and though some fans were left disappointed by the final result, it seems like everyone enjoyed watching. 

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It's cute to see Demi Lovato all loved up with her new boyfriend!

After going through a break-up last year with her former longtime boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama, it seems Demi is happy to be falling back in love again.

The pair have been quietly making their relationship Instagram official, with cuddly pics and sweet kisses.

 

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The singer was on The Ellen Show this week and opened up about her new fella, MMA fighter Guilherme Vasconcelos.

During the appearance, Demi talked about her own fighting regime, as well as what it's like to see her man get in the infamous octagon.

 

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And while she admits Guilherme never loses, she says that she doesn't feel bad for the other person, either.

Watch the full interview below, or skip to 5.21 and listen to her talking all about her new boyfriend.

 

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Conor McGregor is apparently looking for success outside of the MMA octagon.

The title-holding champ is currently on a six-month break from his MMA endeavours as he awaits the birth of his first child with long term partner Dee Devlin.

Conor is said to be looking to the silver screen for his next career move, and there has been some Hollywood interest. 

"Conor really wants to start doing movies. He’s doing everything in his power to break into Hollywood," an insider told the Irish Sun

“There has been a good deal of interest in him already and he thinks the time is right to start branching out."

“There’s been talk of a part in a big action movie and he’s held a number of meetings with producers, so it looks like there’s something in the pipeline."

“Conor would be a natural fit for a big Hollywood blockbuster."

And here we were hoping for a Kate-Hudson-Owen-Wilson style rom-com. 

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OK, so – being a bit of an all-round head-turner – we always knew that Aoife McGregor was going to be a mega-stunner on her wedding day. 

But, and as revealed by her famous MMA brother, Conor, the bride looked all sorts of out-of-this-world fabulous when she tied the knot earlier today.

Wearing her blonde hair in loose tumbling curls she completed her look with a jewel-heavy headband. Her lace- and tulle-heavy off-white also gown sported a deep plunge V-neck with a mesh insert. 

Her sporting star sibling has been sharing a few sneak-peaks of the nuptials on his Instagram account, a platform where he boasts some 9.5m followers.

He and he proud dad posed up for a snap – both McGregor men sporting dapper tuxedoes. 

"What a time to be alive," he said in an accompanying post. 

Conor also posted a snap of his mum, who looked beautiful in black and deep purple. 

Aoife herself had earlier today taken a photo of her and her new hubbie Mark's eye-catching rings. 

She had a total of four bridesmaids on the day – including Conor's pregnant long-term love, Dee.

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Ah, Don't Tell The Bride. It's the beloved TV show that you watch with your mammy and your granny – and it's probably safe to say it never disappoints.

In some way or another, the brides always end up happy with their special day, but we're a bit worried about the poor bride on tonight's show.

Shankill couple Noel and Wendy have been together for 13 years, and Wendy has put all control in her groom-to-be's hands. 

And of course, in true Irish style, he goes for a Mixed Martial Arts theme wedding – the first in Ireland – but will it please his bride?

We can only imagine what the outcome is going to be. She's dreaming of a castle wedding (don't we all?) and he chooses an octagon where men knock each other out.

And, another important point (probably the most important), Wendy doesn't like MMA, and really hates "ring girls." Oh no. 

Even though Noel has a love for fisty cuffs, he's a romantic at heart and puts everything into this wedding day. We're just going to have to watch tonight to see it all works out for this MMA lover.

Don't Tell The Bride is on RTÉ2 tonight at 9pm.

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In case you missed it over the weekend, female MMA champion Ronda Rousey made headlines when she defended her title in a fight that lasted just over 30 seconds.

Her athletic prowess is something that has fascinated people around the world and with good reason, last year she ended a fight in 16 seconds, and she’s been to the Olympics as a 17-year old.

Impressive. Not one to let an opportunity pass her by, she’s also been developing other skills.

Her screen credits include Furious 7, The Expendables 3 and Entourage. Next year she’ll pair up with Mark Wahlberg for Mile 22.

According to The Hollywood Reporter the star has now been cast to play a very important role; herself.

The untitled biopic about her rise to MMA stardom is based on her autobiography My Fight/Your Fight. If that is the case, Ronda will be tasked with proving her dramatic acting skills as she has quite a life story.

She was trained by her mother, AnnMaria De Mars from a young age and became the first American to win the World Judo Championships and was the youngest competitor in the 2004 Olympic games in Athens.

Speaking with THR she said her agent insisted that she be the one to portray herself in her own story. According to Rousey he said she could become “the female Rock”.

Ronda has also been in the media lately following her epic response to body-shamers who claimed she looked ‘too masculine’.

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