Conor McGregor could be the subject of a $900,000 hit after fighting with Irish gangsters in a bar in Dublin, according to UFC insiders.
The 29-year-old supposedly became embroiled in a fight at a pub near his old neighbourhood in the Irish capital during a recent visit.
However, it seems one of the men McGregor allegedly punched has ties to Kinahan lieutenant Graham “The Wig” Whelan. “The Wig” represents one of Ireland’s most feared gangsters and is thought to have been involved in an incident that left 16 dead back in the early 2000s.
It gets worse though. Apparently the man involved is in his 50s. Oh and he also happens to be Whelan’s father. McGregor is also alleged to have punched two other men in the brawl though the story has plenty of sceptics.
UFC’s Dana White doesn’t believe it while the Irish Gardai polic force have no evidence of the incident even being reported, though it’s unlikely that anyone involved would have called law enforcement anyway.
Now former MMA heavyweight and Fighter and the Kid co-host Brendan Schaub has shed further light on the story during an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.
“People that I know in Dublin are blowing me up and saying, ‘It’s real. Conor is in a bit of trouble,'” he said. Schaub went on to outline the situation as he knows it and the fact McGregor could be in very serious trouble.
“[McGregor] has a friend from one area of Ireland that’s in the mafia and got beat up by these guys. Conor finds out that the guys who beat up his friend are in this bar, so Conor comes in there and beats the hell out of that guy.”
“That guy is associated with a pretty intense mafia family over there, so now there’s a hit out on Conor for $900,000.”
He’s not the only one to warn McGregor either, with Irish crime reporter Paul Williams warning the UFC legend not to get involved with the Kinahan crime family during an appearance on his own Newstalk Breakfast programme.
“Conor McGregor is in a very dangerous place right now. He has come into conflict through probably no fault of his own, with a group of very, very dangerous people who are tied up with the Kinahans,” he said.
“I would say, in the next 48 hours, if he is still in the country, I understand from my sources that the Gardaí will be approaching him to give him a GIM form, which is a Garda Information Message, which is basically to tell him that there may be threats to his safety.”
Conor’s father, Tony McGregor has branded the claims “absolute nonsense” adding that his family have “nothing to fear” but his son seems more bullish.
Quizzed over the incident during a recent appearance in court over a speeding fine, McGregor’s response was simply to repeat “come and get me, come and get me.”
Steady now, Conor.
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