UFC president Dana White says he hasn’t spoken to Conor McGregor since the former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion found himself on the front page for the wrong reasons.
On Saturday, reports surfaced that the former McGregor (22-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) had been arrested in France on charges of sexual assault and indecent exposure. McGregor was interviewed and released by officials and his team subsequently issued a statement and vehemently denied wrongdoing.
White was questioned about the situation at the UFC on ESPN + 35’s post-fight press conference and said he has no further details from what has already come out publicly.
“Whether you are retired or not, you can get in trouble,”
In recent years, McGregor has been struggling with a series of rumors outside the octagon. There have been other cases of sexual assault allegations, no cases have emerged in which the Irishman was officially accused or convicted.
White was pressed on why he believes McGregor’s name continues to be tied to these kinds of stories, and said the superstar fighter’s status can be a breeding ground for controversy. White has witnessed firsthand what McGregor’s level of global fame can do, and although he said it would not be an excuse if such allegations proved accurate, he acknowledges that McGregor leads away from a simple life.
“Once when Conor blew up and Conor was massive, he showed up once on the spot with so much confidence that I thought, ‘This is (expletive) ridiculous, nobody needs that much security, this guy will blow all his money. just for safety, “White said. “Then Lorenzo (Fertitta) and I met with him one night, and holy (expletive). You just don’t understand how big this guy is until you date him. He was literally stormed. People were going crazy, screaming and jumping off the blackjack tables and leaving the money to go up after Conor. I’ve never seen anything like it.
“You have to realize, imagine what it is like in Europe. There are like old people who freak out when it’s past. It wasn’t just the young. They were old people. That kind of life, insane (expletive) happens when you’re in that. type of lifestyle. You try to go out and behave normally and you try to be normal and sometimes it’s hard to do. 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 know I already am gone out with him publicly with him and he’s crazy (expletive). “
McGregor didn’t fight after Donald Cerrone’s quick TKO at UFC 246 in January. He announced his retirement from the sport in May, and White has said numerous times that he took “The Notorious” at his word on that claim.