Conor McGregor’s most recent retirement took a bad turn on Saturday. The UFC superstar and former two-weight champion was reportedly arrested in Corsica, according to TMZ.
According to the report, McGregor was arrested and detained for “attempted sexual assault.” McGregor returned to the news cycle on Friday by tweeting out that USADA had drug tested him even though he is “retired” from the UFC.
According to TMZ, a rep for McGregor “vigorously denies any accusations of misconduct” and McGregor was “interviewed and released.”
McGregor’s manager Audie Attar released a statement denying the accusations citing McGregor will not be a target of those seeking a headline or payday, per ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.
“AFP reported a complaint was filed Thursday against Conor McGregor in France for alleged attempted sexual assault & sexual exhibitionism,” Helwani tweeted. “The AFP, citing prosecutors, stated McGregor was arrested and released following a hearing. The following is from McGregor’s mgr Audie Attar:
“‘I am irate and putting out a warning loud and clear: Conor McGregor is not and will not be a target for those seeking to score a headline or a payday.’”
“The UFC superstar had been sailing around the Mediterranean on his yacht recently with his fiancée, Dee Devlin … but McGregor allegedly flew off the handle on Thursday,” TMZ wrote. “A court official in Corsica sent a statement to the Agence France-Presse confirming police had taken Conor into custody.
‘Following a complaint filed on September 10 denouncing acts that could be described as attempted sexual assault and sexual exhibition, Mr. Conor Anthony Mac Gregor was the subject of a hearing by the gendarmerie services,’ prosecutors said.”
During 2020, after his comeback fight in January, McGregor was called out by numerous fighters, such as UFC legend Anderson Silva, former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather (for a potential rematch). He also got engaged to Devlin, his longtime girlfriend.
McGregor is 22-4 in his career and is a former two weight champion. Rumors regarding his next fight centered around a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz, a potential rematch with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, a superfight with welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal or a scrap with current interim lightweight Justin Gaethje. However, the Diaz trilogy hasn’t materialized, Nurmagomedov is scheduled to fight Gaethje to unify the lightweight title in October and Masvidal lost a welterweight title fight against Kamaru Usman in July.
Speaking with the media back in June, UFC president Dana White explained that McGregor actually wanted to fight but the available opponents were not ideal and he maintained his stance that McGregor should wait for the winner of Nurmagomedov and Gaethje in a lightweight title fight.
“He’s been wanting to fight,” White said back in June. “He’s frustrated because he wants to fight. I’m sure that’s a piece of it. It’s not that we can’t have him fight, but who do you want to fight right now? Do you want to fight (Tony) Ferguson? He called out (Jorge) Masvidal. Masvidal, ok, you know, who do you fight right now? And where do we fight Conor McGregor right now? Fight Island isn’t even up and running until July. So if you look at all the problems to run a business like this, multiply it by a f–king million and that’s where we are right now.”
Former champion Rashad Evans said he didn’t buy McGregor’s retirement, particularly after returning in January and knocking out Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in 40 seconds. Evans said McGregor tends to get in trouble when he’s not in the cage.
“Well I think he’s going to come back,” Evans said. “Conor Mcgegor is very successful outside the octagon but the thing that makes him, him is that…attitude that he has that he can only scratch when he fights. If he doesn’t scratch it when he fights, he finds himself in all kinds of trouble. Until he confronts that area of his life where he finds a piece of himself where he doesn’t need to fight anymore, then he’s going to always need to fight to maintain that sanity. I think he’s coming back.”