UFC superstar Conor McGregor is easily the most recognizable name in the sport of mixed martial arts. Besides his immense popularity, the Irish fighter has amassed a fortune from competing inside the octagon. According to TMZ Sports, McGregor got accused of rape while in attendance for Game 4 of the NBA finals this past Friday.
Former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor is one of the first true superstars out of MMA to break into the mainstream. He kicked off his professional career on the regional circuit in Ireland and quickly found success with his insane athletic abilities and charismatic personality under the Cage Warriors banner, where he won the featherweight and lightweight championships.
McGregor joined the UFC, the most elite MMA promotion in the world, as only the second Irish fighter in 2013. He impressed in his debut by scoring a first-round knockout of Marcus Brimage. After racking up more wins, McGregor got the opportunity to face legendary fighter Jose Aldo for the featherweight title in Dec. 2015. He made history by setting the record for the fastest knockout in a UFC title fight at 13 seconds to win the 145-pound gold.
‘The Notorious’ took on Eddie Alvarez for a shot at the lightweight championship whilst holding the featherweight belt in Nov. 2016. McGregor put on a masterclass and handily dispatched Alvarez with a stellar combination to become UFC’s first-ever ‘champ-champ,’ holding belts in two different weight classes simultaneously.
Following his win over Alvarez, Conor McGregor’s career took a different direction as he focused on other things beyond MMA, including a crossover boxing match with legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. In Feb. 2019, a single mother from the UK alleged McGregor was the father of her daughter and requested him to take a DNA test. He refuted the claims and the matter fizzled out.
McGregor found himself in trouble again a month later when he got accused of sexual assault in Ireland. His team vehemently denied the allegations but his bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov did not miss the chance to hurl insults at him. He faced similar accusations again months later and another time when he made his comeback against Dustin Poirier during the fight week of UFC 257 in Jan. 2021. In the end, he walked away freely without any legal repercussions.
UFC icon Conor McGregor accused of rape at NBA Finals
TMZ Sports reported Conor McGregor got accused of raping a woman at Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Jun. 9.
The alleged incident took place following Denver Nuggets’ win over Miami Heat at the Kaseya Center in Florida. McGregor was in attendance at the event and even performed a skit with the Heat mascot to entertain the fans.
As per letters written by attorney Ariel Mitchell, the woman claimed McGregor sexually assaulted her inside a men’s bathroom after NBA and Heat security helped take the woman away from her friends and forced her into the bathroom.
In the letters, Mitchell says “security refused to let [the woman] exit or allow anyone else, including her friend, inside the bathroom.” McGregor allegedly “shoved his tongue in the victim’s mouth and aggressively kissed her” before trying to sodomize her. The woman managed to escape after elbowing McGregor multiple times and reported the incident to local authorities on Sunday.
The woman seeks settlements with the NBA, the Heat, and McGregor in lieu of litigation. McGregor’s representatives denied the allegations.
“Allegations are false,” said McGregor’s reps in a statement. “Mr. McGregor will not be intimidated.”
“UFC will allow the legal process to play out before making any additional statements,” addressed the UFC.
Conor McGregor has been on the sidelines in recovery for a horrific leg break injury he picked up in his last bout. He appears to have recovered well and packed on the pounds while away from competition. In Dec. 2021, he showed off his massive build in a physique update claiming he weighed 190 pounds.
McGregor ignited a rivalry with internet sensation Liver King after getting challenged to a liver-eating contest last October. Given the change in his physique, he compared himself to a combination of legendary bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Lee. There has been speculation about whether he used steroids or Photoshop based on a workout update he gave last November.
McGregor is scheduled to take on Michael Chandler in his return to action following their tenure as coaches on the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter. Although the bout was targeted for later this year, it’s unclear if it would proceed as planned or if he would delay his return to next year.