UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor manages to remain the highlight for fighting news even after announcing his retirement earlier last week. Just a few hours after the Tweet went live, reports came through that Conor is under investigation for sexual assault in Ireland.
As most would automatically assume that the retirement post has something to do with it, but multiple news-related reports state that they have nothing to do with each other and Conor has not been charged with any crimes. The first of these accusations were made in December of 2018, resulting in McGregor being arrested in January 2019 and questioned by police. However, he was released soon after as the investigation continues.
Thus far, nothing has been proven, and McGregor has not been charged with any crimes, and we’ve had no word from his lawyer or anything from the UFC or the fighter himself. Up to now, there’s no reason to believe that McGregor has committed the assault.
Not a Stranger to Crimes
Though a sexual assault charge would be the worst he has received yet, McGregor is not a stranger to being under investigation. Much of his media appearance occurs from various fees, mostly minor, but still charges.
The most receive happened easier to March 2019 when McGregor attacked a fan for trying to take a photo of the star in Miami. McGregor grabbed the fan’s phone, smashed it, stomped on it before grabbing it and walking away with it. He was arrested and later released on bail.
He was also charged for attacking a bus on the 5th of April 2018. He wanted to confront one of the fighters (Khabib), which resulted in McGregor throwing a dolly made of steel at the bus and breaking a window.
The same fighter took on McGregor in October 2018 and beat the lightweight champion in the fourth round by submission. After the fight, Khabib (the winner) decided to attack one of the training partners for McGregor, resulting in McGregor also jumping into the crowd. Both were charged by the NAC who gave them both a fine and suspension from fighting.
Is Retirement Real?
It’s important to remember that McGregor only had one fight since 2016, which was the one where he took on Khabib and lost.
When we look at the trend, there’s no doubt that McGregor has been taking it easy and focusing more on his Whiskey. The UFC did offer his a co-main event position for an upcoming fight, but McGregor wants shares in the UFC before he would consider attending the event and take Diaz.
Now that he announced retirement, it’s doubtful that we’ll see him fight in 2019, even though he wanted a rematch with Khabib or other fighters, including Diaz. However, the same retirement post occurred in 2016, which didn’t last, so all we can do is wait and see.