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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

MMA

Conor McGregor reportedly settles lawsuit over smashing fan’s cellphone

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor has dealt with a number of legal issues in recent months, and the former UFC champion has reportedly settled at least one of them.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, the man who was suing McGregor for allegedly smashing his cellphone outside a hotel in Miami Beach last month has dropped his suit. The fan, 22-year-old Ahmed Abdirzak, had been suing McGregor for battery, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress. He was seeking more than $15,000, and a settlement has likely been reached.

Abdirzak claimed he tried to take a photo with McGregor, who became enraged and smacked the phone out of his hand before stomping on it repeatedly. McGregor is still facing charges of felony strong-armed robbery and felony criminal mischief from the incident. He is due to appear in court later this week.

McGregor’s attorney tried to downplay the fan altercation, though he did not deny that it took place. A video from TMZ appeared to show the portion of the incident where McGregor stomped on the phone.

In addition to the charges he is facing from the fan altercation, McGregor is reportedly being investigated in Ireland for a potentially far more serious crime.

Brock Lesnar losing at WrestleMania hints at likely UFC return

Brock Lesnar

The way Brock Lesnar was handled and lost at WrestleMania on Sunday points to a likely UFC return for the heavyweight fighter.

Lesnar and Seth Rollins took on each other early at WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium. Rollins ended up winning the singles match for the WWE Universal Championship in just 2:30 — a very short match.

Not only was it somewhat of a surprise for Lesnar to have lost, but to also be involved in a match so early in the card rather than as a main event signified a likely change. On top of that, Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman said something about Lesnar heading to Las Vegas where he would be appreciated. That seemed to hint at Lesnar going to the UFC, which often holds fights in Vegas.

There were talks about Lesnar potentially fighting Daniel Cormier going back to last year. Earlier this week, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani said Lesnar and Cormier might be fighting in August. Brock’s brief WrestleMania appearance seems to point towards a future UFC fight.

Ronda Rousey’s husband Travis Browne beat up fan who attacked Bret Hart

Travis Browne

A fan who attacked Bret Hart during the WWE Hall of Fame event on Saturday night in Brooklyn paid the price.

Hart was tackled by a fan in the ring while giving a speech about The Hart Foundation’s induction. As soon as the fan made contact with Hart, people jumped into the ring to subdue the assailant. One of the most notable people in there was Travis Browne, an MMA fighter who is married to Ronda Rousey.

In this video, you can see Browne beat up the fan (beware: there is some bad language in the video).

You can also see WWE’s Dash Wilder slug the fan with a vicious shot in this video clip:

The fan got what he had coming to him — quickly. That could have gotten ugly if not for a couple of quick-thinking people.

Conor McGregor seemingly ends spat with Khabib in positive tweet

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor seemingly ended a social media spat with Khabib Nurmagomedov by sending a positive tweet on Wednesday night.

McGregor and Khabib had been trading shots on Twitter, which began with McGregor taking a shot at Khabib’s religion. He posted a photo of Khabib’s wife wearing a hajib and said “Your wife is a towel mate” in his Twitter post.

He later deleted the inappropriate tweet.

Khabib responded by calling out McGregor over the legal matter he’s facing.

The activities between the men were bad enough to prompt a response from Dana White, who called it “unacceptable.”

McGregor seemed to get the message, because he sent a tweet about moving forward and preaching love for everyone.

Whether he means it or not is a good question. It seems clear that McGregor is trying to trash talk his way into a rematch with Khabib after losing to him in October.

Conor McGregor challenges ‘Hollywood actress’ Mark Wahlberg to fight

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor announced his retirement from mixed marital arts last week, but the former UFC champion apparently has at least one fight left in him.

On Saturday night, McGregor took to Twitter to call out actor Mark Wahlberg. He referred to Wahlberg as an “actress” and said a bout between the two would be “a fight for all the shares!”

Wahlberg was among a group of celebrities who purchased a stake in the UFC when the company was sold in 2016. When McGregor said in his post-fight press conference after UFC 205 that he wants a share of the company, Wahlberg later offered to give the Irishman a portion of his shares if McGregor is willing to “cut the check.”

When one of McGregor’s Twitter followers made a reference to Wahlberg’s character in the movie “Four Brothers,” McGregor said he will whoop Wahlberg and his four brothers.

Obviously, this “fight” is never going to happen. As for whether or not McGregor is actually retired, we have our theory about that.

Dana White: Conor McGregor will not be given ownership in UFC

Dana White

If Conor McGregor’s retirement tweet was intended to be a leverage ploy for an ownership stake in the UFC, it’s not going to work, according to Dana White.

White told TMZ on Tuesday that McGregor will have to buy an ownership share in the company like anyone else, if that’s what he wants.

“Listen, if you want to own a piece of the company, you have to put up the money to buy a piece of the company,” White told TMZ. “That’s how it works.”

McGregor signed an 8-fight deal with the UFC last year. He recently said he was aiming to fight in July, but then two issues apparently came up. One, McGregor reportedly objected to being part of a co-main event rather than headlining the main event solo. Two, he is now seeking an ownership share.

Then on Monday night McGregor turned up the heat by tweeting his retirement — a claim many did not take seriously.

McGregor last fought in October when he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. He has been a part of five of the company’s six most purchased pay-per-view fights in history.

Report: Conor McGregor being investigated for alleged sexual assault

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor announced this week that he is retiring from mixed martial arts, and you have to wonder if part of the reason for that is so he can deal with some major legal trouble he is facing in his personal life.

According to a report from Tariq Panja of the New York Times, police in Ireland are investigating McGregor after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her back in December. McGregor was arrested in January but was questioned and released without being charged with a crime. The investigation is ongoing.

The alleged victim in the case told police McGregor assaulted her at the Beacon Hotel in Dublin. McGregor is reportedly an occasional guest at the hotel and often books the penthouse suite. His most recent visit was in December. Laws in Ireland prohibit media outlets from identifying individuals accused of rape unless they have been charged, which is why McGregor has not yet been formally named. A spokesperson for Ireland’s police service would not confirm that McGregor is under investigation.

McGregor is no stranger to legal trouble, and he was most recently arrested after being accused of smacking a cell phone out of the hand of a fan who tried to take a photo with him. The former UFC champion also recently completed the probation for his bus attack at a UFC event last year.