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Inside Conor McGregor’s biggest controversies, from attacking Khabib’s bus to attacking a Dublin pub and being arrested at the wheel

CONOR McGREGOR has produced some of the most infamous moments in the UFC cage.

But he has made just as many headlines for his controversial behavior outside of it.

Conor McGregor has made headlines for his controversial behavior outside of the Octagon

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Conor McGregor has made headlines for his controversial behavior outside of the OctagonPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

From bar fights to bus attacks, the 32-year-old Irishman has sparked plenty of conversation.

Set with McGregor move against Manny Pacquiao again in the coming monthsSunSport looks back at his most infamous moments.

DRIVING ARREST

McGregor is known for his love of fast cars – but sometimes that can get him in hot water.

In the end it was him Arrested for “road traffic offences” whilst driving his £150,000 Bentley and being taken to Lucan Police Station.

McGregor was later released on bail, and while his car was initially impounded at the scene, it was eventually returned.

Conor McGregor poses next to his Bentley convertible

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Conor McGregor poses next to his Bentley convertibleCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk

PUNCH IN THE PUB

McGregor’s most shameful moment came in April last year after he was caught on CCTV hitting a man in his 50s at a Drimnagh pub after a dispute over his Proper 12 whisky.

This resulted in several fans in Ireland turning their backs on the former two-part champion and some pubs refusing to sell his whiskey.

McGregor pleaded guilty to one charge of assault last November and has been fined £861.

McGregor pleaded guilty to one charge of assault last November and has been fined £861

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McGregor pleaded guilty to one charge of assault last November and has been fined £861Photo credit: TMZ

DESTROY THE FAN’S PHONE

The Notorious wasn’t in the Octagon for all of 2019 – but was making noise for all the wrong reasons.

In March he was captured smashed a fan phone on the floor in Miami and later arrested.

But he settled a civil lawsuit with the victim out of court.

McGregor settled a civil lawsuit with the victim out of court

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McGregor settled a civil lawsuit with the victim out of courtCredit: AFP or Licensor

POST-FIGHT STRIKES

McGregor would get his chance to settle scores with Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October 2018.

But after winning by submission in four rounds, Khabib hopped out of the cage and started fighting with McGregor’s team – while the Irishman did the same in the cage.

McGregor was banned for six months and fined £60,000 but boasted about landing the final punch of the night – on Nurmagomedov’s cousin.

Chaos reigned both inside and outside the octagon after McGregor was eliminated in the fourth round

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Chaos reigned both inside and outside the octagon after McGregor was eliminated in the fourth roundCredit: Sportsfile – Subscription

BUS ATTACK

In his most infamous incident, McGregor traveled 3,000 miles from Dublin to New York in April 2018 to confront rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was filmed in an argument with Lobov earlier this week.

The Irishman, accompanied by friends, then attacked the bus with KhabibSmash windows and have six fights cut short by injuries.

Dana White called it the “most disgusting thing” in UFC history.

McGregor launched a trolley from the bus window

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McGregor launched a trolley from the bus windowPhoto credit: The Mega Agency

REF ATTACK

A month after being arrested with homophobic slurs, McGregor found himself in controversy again after a friend’s fight.

After Ward won at Bellator 187, The Notorious jumped into the cage in celebration but was confronted by referee Mark Goddard.

McGregor then approached Goddard and while being restrained he appeared to spit words at the British officials.

McGregor stormed into the ring and confronted the referee

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McGregor stormed into the ring and confronted the refereePhoto credit: MMAnytt.com

HOMOPHIBIC SUR

After McGregor’s teammate and close friend Artem Lobov was defeated in October 2017, he called opponent Andre Fili a “F****t” for his tactics.

The Irishman – who has previously campaigned for same-sex marriage – later held up his hands and apologized, admitting his mistake.

He said, “I am human; I make a mistake, I say stupid things every damn day. All I can do is hold up my hand and apologize if anyone was offended.”

McGregor apologized for using a homophobic slur in 2017

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McGregor apologized for using a homophobic slur in 2017

F*** THEY FIT

At the opening press conference between McGregor and Mayweather, the then-UFC champion wore a pinstripe suit tailored by David August Heil.

But on closer inspection, the strips consisted of “f*** you” remarks.

Heil explained the design: “The idea originated internally. The expression was the perfect juxtaposition to the traditional pinstripe suit. I wanted to use combative words.”

McGregor's famous

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McGregor’s famous “f*** you” suit worn before boxing against Mayweather

accusations of racism

Before that, McGregor made his professional boxing debut Floyd Mayweather In August 2017, he was in hot water for comments under construction.

He called out to Mayweather, “Dance for me boy,” before saying he’s “half black from the belly button down.”

McGregor denies racismbut said, “If anyone was offended, of course I apologize. I’m human at the end of the day.”

McGregor denied racism ahead of his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather

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McGregor denied racism ahead of his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather

BOTTLE FIGHT

McGregor and Diaz would get the date for their rematch, but they still couldn’t behave to the press.

The pair began throwing bottles at each other, and McGregor then threw cans of UFC-sponsored Monster Energy cans.

McGregor was initially fined £120,000 only to have it halved while he was also required to do 50 hours of community service.

McGregor throws a bottle at Diaz before their rematch

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McGregor throws a bottle at Diaz before their rematch

UFC 200 NO SHOW

After Diaz defeated McGregor, their rematch was set for UFC 200 – but again, the pre-fight press was marred by controversy.

The Notorious refused to attend the media event as he wanted to stay in Iceland to train and was also affected by the death of Joao Carvalho, who died after a fight with McGregor’s teammate Charlie Ward.

Because he did not show up for the press conference, he was excluded from the event altogether.

McGregor didn't show up for the UFC 200 press conference

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McGregor didn’t show up for the UFC 200 press conference

CHOLO jibe

When Nate Diaz belatedly stepped in to face McGregor at UFC 196 in March 2016, the ufc hastily put together a press conference.

There, Diaz was dubbed “a little cholo” by his newfound rival.

“Cholo” is a racially charged pejorative term denoting a Mexican of lowly or criminal background.

McGregor and Diaz go on a presser before their first fight

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McGregor and Diaz go on a presser before their first fight

ALDO THREAT

Before McGregor KO’d Jose Aldo in 13 seconds, he said: “If this were any other time I would invade his favela on horseback and kill anyone who wasn’t able to work. But we’re in a new era, so I’ll whistle his ass instead.”

The Irishman also claimed he would “turn his favela into a Reebok sweatshop”.

Born into poverty in Manaus, Aldo fought his way to a better life through martial arts.

McGregor exchanged words with Jose Aldo ahead of their fight

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McGregor exchanged words with Jose Aldo ahead of their fight

NAZI TOP

McGregor defeated Russian-born German Dennis Siver in January 2015, earning a shot at the featherweight title.

But ahead of the fight, McGregor tweeted, “Kiss them feet Nazi.”

In his apology, he wrote: “I’m a sowwy. Now for the feet…”

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