McGregor says watching footage of pub incident like “dagger” into his heart

by Padraig Conlon

Conor McGregor has apologised for punching a man in a Drimnagh pub back in April.

The incident, which was captured on CCTV in the Marble Arch Pub, appears to show McGregor striking a man, who was sitting at the bar, in the head.

The video was only released last week by the US website TMZ.

In an interview with MMA journalist Ariel Helwani last night on ESPN, McGregor spoke about the incident for the first time.

He admitted that he was in the wrong and said he’d tried to make amends with the man in the video.

“In reality it doesn’t matter what happened here, I was in the wrong,” McGregor told ESPN.

“That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without having it end the way it did.

“Five months ago it was and I tried to make amends and I made amends back then. But that does not even matter. 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.

“That’s not who I am.

“That’s not the reason I got into martial arts or studying combat sports.

“The reason I got into it was to defend against that type of scenario.

“Although I have been making steps, and continually making steps, to do better and be better, to see it is like a dagger into my heart as a young martial artist.

“I’m just here to own up to that and move on and face what’s coming with it.”

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