On Thursday morning, footage of Conor McGregor allegedly punching an elderly man at a Dublin pub was released by TMZ.
The video of the incident, which took place in April, appeared to show McGregor striking the man after he twice refused to accept a drink of the UFC star’s Proper No.12 whiskey.
McGregor was quickly ushered away from the bar, with everyone in attendance in shock at the scenes that had unfolded.
Due to the grainy footage, many fans are still not fully convinced McGregor punched the gentleman and believe he threw a drink over him. White, however, is not part of that group.
“That happened in April. I knew that happened, they just got the video. It’s pretty bad,” White said during an appearance on the Jim Rome Show. “Not allegedly, it’s pretty clear [it’s him].
“So apparently this was in a pub in Ireland and it was an argument over whiskey. Conor has a whiskey now and it was an argument over the whiskey and Conor reaches out and hits him with a left hook.
“I don’t know the context of it. I don’t know the entire story but he punches a guy, an older man, in the face.”
White wasn’t blindsided by the news of the altercation, though he was unaware of the age of McGregor’s alleged victim.
He said: “I knew that he had, had an altercation at a bar but I didn’t know with who or any of that, I didn’t know anything, I just knew it happened.”
Irish police are investigating the incident and White has hinted he won’t bestow any sanctions on the UFC’s poster boy.
“When you deal with fighters, guys who fight for a living, there’s always something,” said the 50-year-old. “If you look at some of the greatest [fighters], [Mike] Tyson, what Tyson went through at his peak.
“Every time you take a guy who is a professional fighter and you sprinkle a ton of money on top of it, get ready. Get ready for a disaster. Literally a disaster.”
McGregor’s altercation at the bar is the latest incident in a string of public misdemeanours.
In April 2018, he was arrested in New York after attacking a bus carrying his fellow fighters at the UFC 223 media day, which resulted in the vehicle’s window being shattered and several passengers suffering injuries.
‘The Notorious’ avoided prison time by reaching a plea deal with Brooklyn District Attorney, which saw him plead guilty to disorderly conduct.
Ireland’s first UFC champion found himself in hot water again in March after smashing a fan’s mobile phone for taking photographs without his consent.
McGregor was arrested for the incident, though the charges brought against him were dropped as the victim – who he agreed an out-of-court settlement with – refused to cooperate with the authorities.
The former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion has had to shell out millions of pounds in legal fees but has shown little sign of learning from his mistakes.
“You get to a point where you look at a guy like Conor and you look at the bus incident in New York and the camera, the phone, the guy took the picture of him in Miami and he slaps the phone [away from him] — what’s the number?” White said. “What’s it going to cost Conor McGregor before he decides ‘all right, this isn’t worth it, enough is enough, I need to stop doing this’.
“The incident in New York cost him millions. Millions he had to pay out. He had to pay the guy with the phone. What’s he going to pay this guy that he hit in the bar? The list just goes on and on. I just don’t know when he wakes up and says, ‘I’ve got to stop doing [this sh*t].’”
The UFC returns to pay-per-view action this weekend with UFC 241: Cormier vs Miocic 2, which takes place in Anaheim, California early on Sunday morning.