Conor McGregor made headlines again for the wrong reasons on Sunday with a reported altercation with Machine Gun Kelly at the MTV Video Music Awards.
According to TMZ, McGregor approached “MGK” at the awards ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, to request a photo. He was apparently denied, which sparked the ire of the former two-division UFC champion.
The report claims that “MGK” pushed McGregor, causing his drink to spill and the cane he used to spill during recovery from the broken leg suffered in his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July. The report states that McGregor attempted to throw the remains of his drink at “MGK” by approaching him. They were said to have been separated before anything became physical, and the situation calmed down.
There were several photographers on hand for the prizes, and photos and videos of the restrained McGregor were captured (via Twitter):
Why is Conor trying to fight Machine Gun Kelly at the VMA Awards. ?? pic.twitter.com/MoN9qa9guU
– Jason Williams (@ jasoneg33) September 13, 2021
– Official Rap Galore (@RapGalore) September 12, 2021
Conor McGregor throws a drink at MGK on the red carpet (via ig: laurademytrk) pic.twitter.com/H0naCNbMta
– Bar stool sports (@barstoolsports) September 13, 2021
McGregor’s team at Paradigm Sports Management did not immediately respond to MMA Junkie’s request for comment on the conflict. However, McGregor spoke to ET on the red carpet and gave his take on it.
– Entertainment tonight (@etnow) September 13, 2021
“Absolutely nothing (happened),” McGregor said. “I don’t know. I just arrived and I don’t know. I don’t even know the guy to be honest with you. Just rumors. Nothing happened with me. I only fight real fighters. “People who really fight. I certainly don’t fight the little white rappers in Vanilla Ice. I don’t even know the guy. I don’t know anything about him, except he’s with Megan Fox.”
“The Notorious” remained in the United States after his trilogy was lost to Poirier at UFC 264. He spent his time in Los Angeles, where he underwent surgery and received physical therapy.
It’s unclear if or when McGregor will return to the Octagon for his next fight, but UFC President Dana White has said following his injury he expects the Irishman to be. absent for at least one year.
McGregor has always found a way to keep his name there, from his Twitter rants to that latest incident with “MGK”.
The 33-year-old attended the MTV Video Music Awards alongside his fiancée, Dee Devlin, and they posed for photos on the red carpet ahead of the clash.