Serious questions are being asked of Conor McGregor following another ugly incident in which the Irishman was caught on camera using homophobic slurs.
McGregor made the comments backstage at a UFC event in Gdansk, Poland. The Irishman was there to support teammate Artem Lobov in his fight against Andre Fili.
Lobov ended up losing the bout to Fili by unanimous decision and was consoled by McGregor backstage in the aftermath of the loss.
It was here that McGregor was filmed using the word “faggot” several times during his chat with Lobov. Footage of the fighter using the slur was originally shared by both BT Sport and UFC but was subsequently deleted.
By then several outraged fans had already captured the footage for themselves and subsequently shared the video on social media.
— McDuckMMA (@McDuckMMA) October 21, 2017
BT Sport and UFC could yet face questions over their decision to erase the footage but for now the focus is on McGregor.
Several fans have already spoken out against the Irishman’s actions on Twitter:
Here’s national treasure Conor McGregor repeatedly referring to someone as “a faggot” tonight https://t.co/88ZxfAUIcR
— Richie McCormåck (@RichieMcCormack) October 21, 2017
Conor McGregor used his star power to help get gay marriage legalized in Ireland. Disappointed he used slur, but let's put pitchforks away.
— Dave Doyle (@davedoylemma) October 21, 2017
Poor to see Conor McGregor’s backstage comments. No place for that
— Darren Russell (@DRussellMMA) October 21, 2017
Yet the alarming reality is that this is by no means an isolated incident. McGregor has been guilty of using offensive language on several occasions throughout his career.
Prior to his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr, McGregor responded to accusations of racism by stating he was “black from the belly button down” – a reference to a crude stereotype attributed to black men.
He also previously tweeted that Mexican-American fighter Nate Diaz was a “fajita” and warned Brazilian UFC star Jose Aldo he would “raid his favela on horseback”.
In another controversial tweet, meanwhile, McGregor labelled Russian born German fighter Dennis Silver a “Nazi”.
McGregor is undoubtedly the biggest name in UFC today but serious questions must surely be asked of his conduct. Do the powers that be really want a man capable of this kind of behaviour as their poster boy for all things MMA?
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.