Hours before Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 35 fight card, AFP news in France reported that former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor had been interviewed and released in Corsica for what the prosecutor’s office called, “attempted sexual assault and sexual exhibition.”
McGregor’s representatives later released a statement to MMA Fighting that read, “Conor McGregor vigorously denies any accusations of misconduct. He has been interviewed and released.”
UFC president Dana White was asked about McGregor’s latest run-in with the law following last night’s UFC on ESPN+ 35 fight card.
“Whether you’re retired or not retired you can get yourself into trouble,” White said. “I don’t know enough about the Conor situation. I don’t know about it. I know what you’ve read. I’ve read the same things. Conor is retired, I haven’t talked to him. I’m sure he doesn’t need my help or advice, but if he did he can call.”
McGregor has been arrested several times since his rise to prominence in the UFC.
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White spoke about McGregor’s ascent into superstardom at the post-fight press conference.
“One time when Conor blew up and Conor was massive, he showed up one time at the venue with so much security I was like, ‘This is (expletive) ridiculous, no one needs this much security, this kid is going to blow all his money just on security,’” White said. “Then me and Lorenzo (Fertitta) met up with him one night, and holy (expletive). You just don’t understand how big this kid is until you go out with him. He was literally get mobbed. People were going crazy, screaming and jumping up from blackjack tables and leaving money to go up after Conor. I’d never seen anything like that.”
“You guys have to realize – imagine what it’s like in Europe. There are like old people freaking out when he went by. It wasn’t just young people. It was old people. That kind a life, crazy (expletive) happens when you’re in that type of a lifestyle. You try to go out and you try to act normal and you try to be normal and it’s hard to do sometimes. I’m not defending Conor in any way, shape or form. I don’t know enough about his situation to talk about it at all. I do know I have gone out with him publicly with him before and it is bat (expletive) nuts.”
McGregor’s retirement is questionable. According to a September 11 post on his social media accounts, the United States Anti-Doping Agency tested McGregor on his yacht. If McGregor were truly retired, he would have removed himself from the USADA testing pool, which would allow him to not report his whereabouts and exclude him from drug testing. USADA oversees the UFC’s anti-doping program.
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