'I must get my head screwed on': Conor McGregor admits he was 'in the wrong' when he hit an elderly man in the face in a Dublin pub
- Former two-weight UFC champ broke silence after footage emerged this month
- Admitted feeling tremendous guilt and seeing video was like 'dagger to his heart'
- Added: "I must get my head screwed on and get back in and fight for redemption"
- Filmed sucker punching old man when he refused to drink own whiskey brand
Conor McGregor has admitted he was 'in the wrong' and must 'get his head screwed on' after sucker punching an old man in a Dublin pub.
Footage emerged last week of the former UFC champion, 31, striking the elderly victim in the face after he refused to drink the fighter's own brand or whiskey.
"I was in the wrong." That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without having to end the way it did, "McGregor told ESPN2.
'It was five months ago and I tried to make amends and I made amends back then.
'But that doesn't matter, I was in the wrong and I must take accountability, take responsibility.
Conor McGregor broke his silence tonight and admitted he was 'in the wrong' and must 'get his head screwed on' after sucker punching an old man in a Dublin pub
He told ESPN that every time he views the footage it is like 'a dagger' going through his heart
'I owe that to the people that have supported me. I owe it to my mother, my father, my family. I owe it to the people that trained me in martial arts. That's not who I am.
'I have to realize that's not the attitude or the behavior of a leader, or a martial artist, or a champion.
'So, I must get my head screwed and just get back in the game and fight for redemption, retribution, respect.
'That's not the reason I got into martial arts or studying combat sports. The reason I got into was defending against that type of scenario.
McGregor went on to say that each time he sees the footage it is like 'a dagger' going through his heart.
The victim told the Irish Daily Star yesterday that McGregor was a 'bully with money'.
He was said to have told McGregor "I don't want to drink that ****" before the punch was thrown during the April incident.
Conor McGregor, circled, punched an elderly man in the face after he had refused to try his whiskey at the Marble Arch pub in Dublin
McGregor was then dragged away moments after punching the man (shown) who barely reacted
CCTV from inside the pub showed McGregor strode up to the bar and off the men sitting there shots of his Proper No. 12 whiskey
McGregor serves out glasses in front of a few punters, including the victim. The man places the glass away on the ledge in front of him, as McGregor stares on the man before he forcefully returning the glass in front of him.
Moments later the ex-UFC champion appears to cheer with his hand up in the air, as the man can be seen saying something before turning away.
At that moment – the fighter launches in to punch the man before his entourage dramatically pull him away.
McGregor is still facing a minor assault charge after police completed an investigation into the altercation.
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