Conor McGregor is the unicorn.
That description of the former lightweight champion comes directly from UFC president Dana White, who has long stood by his biggest draw by allowing him certain concessions that no other fighter on the roster would get.
While that’s not unusual for a human ATM like McGregor, who just prints money every time he steps in front of a camera, to get special treatment but it’s another animal when he goes on a tirade through an arena that ends with two fighters being injured and more than $8,000 worth of damage being done to a bus in a wild assault that took place ahead of UFC 223.
UFC color commentator Joe Rogan says that’s perhaps the worst part about McGregor’s rampage through Brooklyn is that he’s clearly receiving a pass from the promotion when any other fighter on the roster would have been handed walking papers almost immediately.
“Here’s my thing — switch it around. Imagine if Ray Borg threw that dolly at the bus and Conor was inside. He’d be gone. His career would be over,” Rogan said on his podcast this week. “That’s one of the more f–ked up things about this is that you know Conor is getting special treatment. He is. That’s not good for anybody.”
As of yet, McGregor hasn’t received public punishment from the UFC for his actions but he does stand to face three misdemeanor assault charges and a felony charge for criminal mischief for what he did in Brooklyn.
There are also a litany of lawsuits that may be headed his way after McGregor injured Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg and they were unable to compete at UFC 223. Add to that, a UFC employee was also assaulted, which could bring another lawsuit aimed at McGregor as well as a potential lawsuit against the promotion.
It all adds up to bad news for McGregor, who will probably watch a big chunk of his fortune disappear over his tirade in Broolyn.
“My thing is what if that dolly hit the car where Rose [Namajunas] was sitting and cut Rose’s face up. F–k man,” Rogan added. “Michael Chiesa, I’m sad that he got cut but Chiesa’s a tough bastard. He’ll be fine. He’s probably pissed off and he’s going to sue Conor and he’ll probably make a s–t load of money suing him. But what if it hit Rose? The f–king world would hate him. What if Rose was blinded in one eye because of that? For real. Ray Borg got cuts in his eyes, it’s entirely possible. He got glass shards [in his eye], he got a scratched cornea. Chiesa definitely filed a lawsuit or filed a complaint, which will lead to a lawsuit, I imagine.
“I imagine if I was Conor I would settle every single thing outside of court because if he loses and he gets a felony, he’s f–ked. He probably won’t even be able to come into the country.”
While it’s possible that McGregor gets convicted on all charges, it’s more likely that his attorney will plea down the one felony charge that involves criminal mischief, which is essentially property damage that was done to the bus. After that, McGregor would only be facing misdemeanors and it won’t likely stop him from getting into the United States.
The bigger problem for McGregor are the lawsuits that will undoubtedly start coming his way sooner rather than later not to mention the public perception that the biggest draw in the UFC has finally stepped over the line.