UFC president Dana White has revealed that he last spoke to Conor McGregor shortly before he turned himself into police in the wake of a backstage melee, with the Irishman still largely showing no remorse for his role in the criminal altercation.
The New York Police Department later confirmed that McGregor was charged after handing himself in. He now faces three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief, and will appear at Brooklyn Criminal Court.
And speaking ahead of the UFC 223 weigh-ins, White confirmed that McGregor was still struggling to appreciate the severity of his situation.
“Conor and I talked through text yesterday. It was obviously the worst conversation we have ever had, shortly before he turned himself in,” White said on sports show First Things First.
“I don’t believe he realised what had just happened. It’s not that I don’t think he understood what happened, it’s that he tried to justify it.
“He said listen I’m sorry about Michael [Chiesa], and I’m sorry about Rose [Namajunas] and whoever else, but this had to be done.”
The MMA is turning into the WWE, or even worse, boxing. This whole incident just felt scripted to me.